Amy Martin's second take on her musical Reserve and Green packed the house Sunday night, the chairs spilling over the choir risers and into stage right. The music was spot-on, so many voices harmoniously chilling. It ended up exploring coming-of-age-after-armageddon a little more than the end of the world itself, as character building took over and a poignant new direction became apparent. Can't wait to see part three.
The Missoula Stories Project (part one) was a blast. I won't name a favorite, but Floating to the M was full of laughs, time warps, mermaids and a violin-playing bear in a canoe — "don't you just love MIssoula?" The second installment comes this afternoon at 3. It's five plays for $5, what could possibly go wrong? If you have to work, just tell your boss you're doing research on the town you live in; it's certainly not far from the truth.
Missed Connections, by local Larke Schuldberg, was uproarious. Imagine Mallrats via Craigslist, or Closer with brevity. "It's a romantic comedy where everybody gets herpes," as the playwright put it after the reading. Four distinct and well-casted characters upped the ante as the audience was taken to a world of absurd, vulgar and hilarious cruelty.
Tonight's reading comes from New Jersey's William Mastrosimone, recipient of the first McLure award. It's given in honor of James McLure, who died last year. McLure was a mainstay at Missoula Colony, workshopping 15 straight plays at the annual gathering. Mastrosimone's Oblivion goes on at 8.
After a day of rest on Wednesday, be sure to check local Lily Gladstone (remember her from Frybread Queen?) and her play Traps on Thursday afternoon and Character by Robert Caisley in the evening. Print out the full schedule for a full run-down.
Indy intern Brooks Johnson is blogging throughout Missoula Colony 17 with reviews and previews of the action. Check out his first installment, Act I, and be on the lookout for Act Three on Thursday.