Heard on a street corner in New York City

Nothing technical, just cute.

 Yesterday afternoon, the family went to see "The Fantastiks" (which is still playing, albeit in a very small theater (the actor playing El Gallo had to crouch to avoid the ceiling).  During the show, a fire alarm went off, and we dutifully trudged downstairs to the street to await the arrival of the fire department (it was a false alarm, but we didn't know that as we left the theater).  

The cast also left the theater, and they were huddled on the corner shivering in he winter cold.  I heard the actress playing Luisa chatting on her phone:

"...  And we're all standing out here on the street in our costumes!"


It's dorky, I know, but I thought it was funny :).


Btw, the show resumed and was wonderful - it's amazing that it's been continually produced in New York for over 40 years now.  Wow.


Comments (8)

  1. Anonymous says:

    My parents were at a production of Nunsense once when the fire alarm went off. Apparently, the show was so awful that the alarm served as a great opportunity for most of the audience to walk out and not come back.

  2. Igor Levicki says:

    What did the costumes look like?

  3. Anonymous says:

    Actually, I believe that it did close for a while, so it didn’t run continuously.

    And, if I have it right (I heard an interview with the author and director, Tom Jones, on the local public radio station), this production is slightly changed, updated by Mr Jones.  He mentioned some changes in the song, "It Depends On What You Pay", for instance, replacing the word "rape" with something else.

    Here’s the interview, from August 2006:


  4. Anonymous says:

    Ok, I don’t get it. Well, I might have an idea now, maybe – after reading the wikipedia article on the play I’m guessing that their costumes were pretty close to if not regular street clothes?

  5. Igor: For the Fantastiks, the hero and heroine traditionally wear white.  Luisa wears an all-white sleeveless dress with small pom-pom’s on the fringe.

    El Gallo wore black denim and a black silken shirt with a red bandana around his collar.  The parents wore brightly colored plaid pants which looked "interesting" on the street.

    The Mute (who happened to be played by a young lady) wore her top-hat and  the rest of her costume (typical mime gear); Henry (the old actor) wore his tattered doublet and Mortimer (who dies) actually stayed in the stairwell to the theater, since his costume is rather distinctive (essentially he wears tattered long underwear)

  6. Thom: I’ve actually listed off the costumes – The Girl’s, the Boy’s and El Gallo’s costumes weren’t obviously costumes, the rest of theirs were.

    The production is sufficiently small that most of the actors didn’t have much makeup at all, so they didn’t stand out very much (but some (including Mortimer and Henry) did).

  7. Igor Levicki says:

    ROFL, you described it so vividly I could almost see it.

  8. Barry: Yeah, they did replace "Rape" with "Pay".  It stunk, especially since I’ve been telling my family about that particular song for years (they didn’t believe me).

    Then we went in and all of a sudden, "It depends…" became this "safe" song.  On the other hand, it was clear that they’d messed with the lyrics, because the song simply didn’t flow at all.

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