The View From Here #163: Summer, 2014
|Pre-show Selfie with Brian Sikorski and Orlando Audience|
|Young Sam's interpretation of my show...|
One of the youngest attendees at the show drew his own interpretive description of his weekend at the theatre, which quotes me at some length… (that's my sword, leaning up against the chair...)
|Hanging out with DE Guys...!|
|Michael Windsor & Jackie Madejski in ASC's "Scapin"|
Photo by Joshua McKerrow
Returning for their second annual "Comedy in the Courtyard" series, Annapolis Shakespeare Company is back and bringing the laughter to theatergoers of Annapolis. Right in the back courtyard of Reynolds Tavern, The Schemings of Scapin, a Moliere classic comedy, has all the hallmarks of hilarity -- mistaken identities, schemes, high end physical farce and enough 'private' jokes to flood the whole of Annapolis Harbor. An excellent evening out, this production will have you in stitches as the adaptation by Timothy Mooney brings modern rhyming couplets loaded with innuendo into the mix. Directed by the company's Founding Artistic Director, Sally Boyett, the show is high-end hilarity for all who stumble into this zany show... A great production, a fanciful fun evening of laughing all around, this is a brilliant performance to attend when trying to get a giggle from theatre this summer.
|Lauren Turchin & Tim Torre in "Scapin"|
Photo by Phillip Greenwood
|Photos by Tisse Mallon; Treatment by Marcus Fernando|
Presumed author in background...
|The Cast of Annapolis Shakespeare Co's |
"Schemings of Scapin"
Photo by Joshua McKerrow
|First ever reading of the new "Servant of Two Masters"!|
|Celebrating with Heather Busch, |
director of "The Misanthrope"
|Photo by Tisse Mallon|
|Ben Vereen with some guy in a hat|
|Becky, Ron & I recreate a pose from 4 years ago|
|I'm taller than her, now...|
(Speaking of Shakespeare, are you Shakespeare-phobic or lacking background on England's royal past or maybe just forever hungry for the Bard? In Timothy Mooney's Shakespeare's Histories: Ten Epic Plays at a Breakneck Pace, seen Monday, his colorful and concise monologues on the historical plays combine famous Shakespeare text with an animated CliffsNotes take on English royal lineage that transfix, leaving you entertained and feeling smarter.) Liz Cook & Deborah Hirsch, The Pitch.com
Is it possible to experience five centuries of history, literature, and drama in less than an hour? Turns out it’s not only possible, but entertaining and educational to boot. Mooney connects the dots between the plays, reveals the author’s liberties with factual events, and his penchant for having his reality-based characters wildly prophesying on anything and everything. Pillar of the English language and renowned dramatist, yes. Reliable historian? Not so much, but Mooney helps make it clear Shakespeare was trying to provide entertainment and social commentary with his English history plays more than an accurate telling. Mooney [points] out ironies and discrepancies with enthusiasm and determination… delivered with confidence and personality. He slips between narrator and character without missing a beat... There is a staggering amount of material packed into this mere 60 minutes—war, murder, deception, banishment, conquests, family drama, and much more. Mooney respects the audience in that he doesn’t dumb down Shakespeare, but makes it accessible, enjoyable, and fun. – Kristin Shafel Omiccioli, KCMetropolis.org
“I have seen a medicine/That's able to breathe life into a stone” [Although] this Shakespeare quotation would be more appropriate if it came from a history play, it effectively captures the magical alchemy taking place at the Westport Coffee House… Tim Mooney prescribes a sweet-tasting medicine that resuscitates some majestic old stones… breathing new life into some of the best set speeches in the history of theatre…. One of the most experienced solo performers around, Mooney’s performance soars along at an engaging and thrilling pace… It’s a great show. See it. Robert Hubbard, KCStage.com
If only cramming for an exam were as enjoyable as Timothy Mooney's rapid-fire tour through five centuries of English history. It's an epic in an hour as the Chicago-based actor squeezes together 10 plays about seven kings and creates 23 distinct characters, each employing Shakespeare's sumptuously poetic words. PowerPoint helps with succession charts, but it's best when the exhaustingly energetic Mooney introduces you to rich, complex characters like the existentially conflicted Richard II or Joan of Arc as seen through Elizabethan eyes (the little witch). Mooney brings welcome clarity to what all those wars and words were about. -- Rob Hubbard, Pioneer Press (An entirely different Rob Hubbard from the one who reviewed my show in Kansas City!)
Timothy Mooney is a joy to watch in this one-man show, as he flies through the history of the English monarchy from 1066-1533 AD as explained through Shakespeare. It is an awesome thing to see, in the sense that it will fill you with awe -- awe that one person can not only remember all those names, dates, and details, but that he can also remember all those Shakespearean speeches, the different mannerisms and voices for each character, and make it all interesting... Timothy Mooney makes some sharp, witty insights into Shakespeare's choices in writing up his version of English history, and he truly brings the stories to life... If history and Shakespeare are two of your least favourite things, this obviously isn't the thing for you, but if you're even a little bit into either or both, do yourself a favour and go see this show, if only to marvel at Mooney's outstanding performance. -- Liz Byron, Aisle Say, Twin Cities
- “Cliff Notes on Steroids,”
- “I’ve never come away disappointed from a Tim Mooney performance, and I surely did not from this one.”
- “Definitely will be in my top 5 (of the 52 I’ll see…),”
- “The history teacher you wish you had had in school”
- “The consummate theater nerd.”
Shakespeare's Histories - finally saw a Tim Mooney show, and I might finally understand the context of the history plays, 5 stars. -- Matthew Everett
|With Doug and Beth Rusk!|
|Tim & Bill|
- Improving my voiceover production quality, reading “The Encyclopedia of Voiceover” by Kate McClanahan, and “ivoiceover” by Erik J. Martin.
- Creating a mini-voiceover studio, through an ingenious arrangement of foam baffling in a box.
- Rereading Stanislavsky… (Still seeking out his passage on Richard’s “I can change colors with the chameleon…” from “Henry VI, Part III.”)
- Writing/editing “How do you Remember All Those Lines?”
- Chasing down a literary agent.
- Scoping out the audition resources in Chicago.
- Memorizing “Hamlet”. (Ten major speeches memorized already!)
- Compiling a new “Shakespeare’s Histories” promo video. (NOW CREATED, SEE BELOW)
- Doing the “Audiobook” version of “Acting at the Speed of Life; Conquering Theatrical Style”
- Doing the “Audiobook” version of “Shakespeare’s Histories; Ten Epic Plays at a Breakneck Pace!” (My attempts to record a “live” version during the KC Fringe Festival suffered from technical breakdown.)
- Doing “Kindle” versions of all of my books.
- Sending out resumes to the major Chicago theatres.
- Re-introducing myself to the Standardized Patient community. (Actors who play patients in med schools.)
- Doing the next draft of “Currency” (My self-help book)
- Doing the next draft of “Servant of Two Masters.”
|"The Schemings of Scapin" in the Reynolds Tavern Courtyard|
Photo by Joshua McKerrow
Temperature: Gradually descending into the 70s after a summer of 80s and 90s, with the sun going down earlier and earlier.
|Ashlyn Thompson & Briana Manente in ASC's "Imaginary Invalid|
Photo by Joshua McKerrow