Friday, October 26, 2012

COLOR Reading

The reading of COLOR was fun. We had a very responsive audience for the reading.

I'd like to thank director Michael Rader and playwright Gene Ruffini for the chance to be a part of the reading.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Cast of COLOR By Gene Ruffini, Directed By Michael Rader

Here is the cast of COLOR By Gene Ruffini, Directed by Michael Rader
 
 
Sean Fabian: BRIAN EDWARDS

Barbara Egan: LISA MORABITO*

Kevin Fiore: ROSS WELLINGER

Abel Morrison: TIMOTHY J. COX*

Harold Altman: DANIEL O'BRIEN*


Dagmar Echo: NICOLE STOIKA

Harry White: MATTHEW CRONIN

Sam Gooding: GEORGE RIDGEWAY

Judge Norris Campbell: VICTORIA GRAZIOLI

Clifford Boot: PETER FJELD
 
* Actors appearing courtesy of Actor's Equity Association.

2nd Rehearsal of COLOR Last Night

Last night, the cast of COLOR met at the Producers Club for another reading of the script. Director Michael Rader and playwright Gene Ruffini made some cuts, just to move things along for the purposes of the reading.

The reading is tomorrow night and it should be a lot of fun.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

COLOR Last Night

Last nights' rehearsal for COLOR was a lot of fun. Director Michael Rader is a delight to work with and had the cast jump right in with a spirited reading of the script. The cast will be on their feet for the reading, so it won't be a boring sit down reading. I had a blast reading the role of attorney Abel Morrison, who's very similar to Jack McCoy on LAW & ORDER...which I was a big fan of, so you can imagine how much fun I'm having.

Back again tonight.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

COLOR Rehearsal Tonight

Tonight is the first of back to back rehearsals for the staged reading COLOR. Should be a lot of fun.

All Things Randoms' GREG'S GUARDIAN ANGEL Screening This Weekend

It was nice see GREG'S GUARDIAN ANGEL on a big screen this weekend...and to re-connect with Greg Vorob, Dan Conrad, director Dan Kowlaski and actors Jack Moran and Caitlin Winter. The film was warmly received...as it has been by all the critics so far...so I hope that that streak continues.

Film Threat Review of GREG'S GUARDIAN ANGEL

http://www.filmthreat.com/reviews/57082/

GREG’S GUARDIAN ANGEL

3 Stars
Year Released: 2012
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 10 minutes
 
Directed by Dan Kowalski

Written by Dan Conrad

Starring Greg Vorob, Elmer J. Santos, Caitlin Winter, Timothy J. Cox
Average American male Greg (Greg Vorob) has an unexpected visitor one morning while he’s getting ready for work – his guardian angel. Like angels do, he pops up out of nowhere. This over-enthusiastic Angel (Elmer J. Santos) tells Greg to wear his red tie to work. A confused Greg listens and soon finds out the higher ups at his company are also wearing the same red tie and they strike up a delightful conversation with him about it.

Cut to next scene and Greg is on lunch. Angel tells him to get cookies as his snack and to trust him, then disappears. Moments later a beautiful colleague walks up, tells him she loves cookies, and they set a first date. Dream come true, right? Greg’s Angel soon becomes more of a curse than a blessing when he shows up at every important and private moment in Greg’s life, however, telling him to say this and that. It confuses Greg and soon wraps him in a web of misfortune.

I really enjoyed Greg’s Guardian Angel, the brainchild of writer Dan Conrad and director Dan Kowalski. I’d like to see them expand this into a series or perhaps a feature. They have the right confidence to deliver effective comedy and know when it’s time to shift the style in a new direction.

Posted on October 22, 2012 in Reviews by

Monday, October 22, 2012

On COLOR

I read the COLOR script this morning and it's pretty compelling.

It deals with am African American movie star, who also has political aspirations, who then finds himself accused of the rape of a white woman on one of his film sets. The show deals with politics, race, the law...the kinds of things that make perfect drama.

I will be reading the role of the defense attorney. It's a cool part in a play of many unique and interesting characters.

Looking forward to diving in tomorrow night.

Cast In A Staged Reading of Gene Ruffini's Play COLOR

Director Michael Rader, a close friend of Jamie's, contacted me last night about appearing in a reading of playwright / actor Gene Ruffini's (The films CASINO, ANALYZE THIS) play COLOR, which will be presented at The Dramatists Guild this coming Friday. I jumped at it, as I like Michael as a director and as a person. He directed a wonderful production of THE LARAMIE PROJECT last spring, so the chance to work with a seasoned director like him will be a big thrill.

Check out Michael's website : http://michaelrader.com/Michael_Director/Home.html

We'll be rehearsing on Tuesday and Wednesday at the Producers Club, so right on the heels of IVANOV, I already have something, which is always nice.

I'm going to read the play right now.



The Hunger and Thirst Theatre Collective's IVANOV Comes To A Close

IVANOV played its final performace this past Saturday night. Admittedly, it was not our best performance, but the crowd seemed to enjoy it, although I preferred the afternoon performance more.

After the final show, I made a quick exit (an Irish exit), ready to tackle bigger and better things.

Overall, the experience was...okay. It irritated me that marketing for the production was largely ignored. Although we received a few positive reviews, none of them were from sites like nytheatre.com, a company that champions indie companies like HTTC. We were barely listed. These things baffle me.

Our audiences consisted mostly of friends and family only, which is not acceptable. What's the point? You want butts in seats!

The blame for the poor turnout goes to the artistic team of HTTC. If you're going to run a theatre company, common sense things like marketing, especially for your debut production should be handled by the entire artistic board. Yes, they hired someone to do marketing, but that individual dropped the ball. The ball wasn't picked up and it pissed me off. I have no use for theatre companies and people like that! When you don't market your work, people won't see it and therefore you're wasting people's time.

Maybe I'm being harsh, but as I get older, I have less tolerance for these kinds of things.

The highlight for me was playing the role of Lebedyev, a character I adored and one that I would like to tackle again in the future. There were moments that I was really proud of in the production and other moments where I felt I was floundering a little.

Oh well.

On to the next adventure!

Friday, October 19, 2012

Team UNTLD's RICKSHAW Update

Rehearsals for the film RICKSHAW are set to take place on October 26th and November 7th, with shooting to take place between November 10th- 14th. I will only be needed for one of those days.

All Things Randoms' GREG'S GUARDIAN ANGEL Screening On Sunday

On Sundy afternoon, I will attending a screening of GREG'S GUARDIAN ANGEL at the NYC Downtown Short Film Festival (Audience Choice Screenings).

It'll be nice to see the cast and crew and to see the film on a big screen.

Only 3 Performances Left!

Last nights' show was better, an improvement on my own personal work. The crowd was very nice, very responsive.

Hope for those kinds of crowds in our final 3 performances.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Last Night

Last nights' crowd was surpringly large and spirited in their reactions, but speaking for my own work...I don't know, everything felt forced...didn't feel it was coming from a place of truth and honesty.

No worries. I get to come back redeem myself tonight.

The Entertainment Scribe Review of The Hunger and Thirst Theatre Collective's IVANOV

http://www.entertainmentscribe.com/2012/10/17/nyc-theatre-review-the-hunger-and-thirst-theatre-collectives-ivanov-is-a-real-treat/

NYC Theatre Review: The Hunger and Thirst Theatre Collective’s Ivanov is a Real Treat!

October 17, 2012

NEW YORK

The Hunger and Thirst Theatre Collective’s production of Anton Chekhov’s Ivanov was, quite unexpectedly, a humorous evening of theatre.

I know. Who expects to laugh that much at Chekhov?

While I laughed quite a bit during the Saturday evening performance at the Access Theatre in Lower Manhattan, there were times when I wanted to hand lead actor Christopher Bonewitz (who was outstanding as the tortured title character) a strong dose of medication and a referral to a psychotherapist.

But then again, that’s the maddeningly, ill-fated, narcissistic character that Chekhov created.
In the title role, Mr. Bonewitz played a man who has lost his way in every facet of his being – his marriage, his work and his finances. Married to the sickly Anna (Emily Kitchens), whose affluent parents rejected her when she converted from Judaism to marry him, Ivanov has now “fallen out of love” with her. He leaves her at home each evening while he goes to visit the Lebedyev’s, led by the stern moneylender, to whom Ivanov is severely in debt, Zinaida (Kymberly Tuttle) and her affable, but weak husband Pasha (Timothy J. Cox).

And then there is Sasha (Brittanie Bond), the Lebedyev’s feisty young daughter, who is obsessed with Ivanov and persuades him to marry her. Ivanov’s mistreatment and betrayal of Anna though is harped on by the haughty young doctor, Lvov (Jordan Kaplan) whose constant referral to the “honesty” of his own character makes one wonder how honest he really is.

Rounding out this gloomy picture is a cast of characters through which Chekhov pokes constant fun at: Doctors, lawyers, Counts, rich widows, matchmakers and card fanatics…many of them quite humorous, adding a necessary counterbalance to Ivanov’s unremitting misery.

Director Patricia Lynn chose to frame her production by opening with the last scene of Ivanov’s descent into self-destruction and then take us back in time to reveal how he came to do it. In this way, we really get the sense of a man trapped in a world he is not equipped to live in.

Heavy stuff, right?

Believe it or not, folks…while the show is dramatic and heavy and all that, it is also very, very funny, thanks largely to the razor sharp comic performances of Nate Dendy, as Ivanov’s rascally estate manager Borkin and Kyle Schaefer’s drop dead hysterical turn as a bore who talks about nothing but his recent card games. Each performance hit all the right comic notes and never missed a beat.

On the dramatic end, two performances soared. Of course, I’m referring to the previously mentioned Christopher Bonewitz, who proved outstanding every minute he was on stage as the title character. I’d love to see Mr. Bonewitz take a crack at that ”Hamlet” guy someday. He was well matched by a thoughtful and incisive supporting dramatic performance by Timothy J. Cox, who excelled as an endearing Pasha Lebedyev. Mr. Cox’s performance was so assured and effortless; getting every scene, every relationship, just right. Of all of the relationships in the play, the sort of ”father/son” relationship that developed between these two gifted actors proved the most memorable and touching.

Brian Keith MacDonald’s grand turn as the pompous aristocrat Shabelsky was also standout, as were Jordan Kaplan as Anna’s self-righteous doctor and Brittanie Bond, quite sharp and on point as Sasha, who naïvely believes she can restore Ivanov’s joy of life.

Director Lynn deserves high marks for the productions’ rapid fire pace, but especially for not taking the work so seriously, which was always a major gripe that the playwright had about productions’ of his work during his lifetime.

This production proves that when you combine comedy and drama successfully, people can walk away not only moved to tears, but amused as well. That’s how life is!

Ivanov continues at the Access Theatre until October 20th. For tickets, please visit Smarttix.com


Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Back With The Hunger and Thirst Theatre Collective's IVANOV Tonight

Tonight begins the final week of performances for IVANOV. Only 5 performances left!

Monday, October 15, 2012

A Fantastic Weekend Of Performances

This weekend, the show really turned a corner. Saturday and Sunday's performances were, in my view, the best of the entire run so far. It felt different...in a good way. Of course, the responsive audiences were had helped. Both crowds were into the show from start to finish. It was great fun to play to both of those houses. Hope for more responses like that as we enter our final week of performances.

Back with the show on Wednesday night.

Friday, October 12, 2012

Small House Last Night

As expected, last nights' return of the show was a small house, which included my good friends Larry Lesher and Matt Harris. It was great to have them in the audience. The show went well, I thought, although I'd love to have bigger houses for the remainder of the run.

Back again tonight.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

The Hunger and Thirst Theatre Collective's IVANOV Is Back Tonight!

The rest has been nice, but it will be great to get back on stage tonight, as IVANOV returns.

Tuesday, October 09, 2012

Quazen.com Review of The Hunger and Thirst Theatre Collective's IVANOV


 
Eric Grogan reviews a revival of Anton Chekov’s early work, as presented by The Hunger and Thirst Theatre Collective.

Anton Chekhov’s ‘’comedy” Ivanov is suddenly a big deal.

Ethan Hawke is about to essay the title role in a new production, opening on October 17th, at Classic Stage Company, while the brand new theatre company, The Hunger and Thirst Theatre Collective chose the play as their inaugural production, which opened this past weekend at the Access Theatre (380 Broadway, on the 4th Floor) and plays until October 20th.

The play tells the story of intense and agitated Nikolai Ivanov and chronicles his increasing exasperation with his banal provincial existence.

Not your typical tag-line for a comedy, but then Chekhov comedies are not your typical comedies.

I had only a passing familiarity with this, one of Chekhov’s earliest works, so I wanted to peruse a copy of the play, did so and was, admittedly, not terribly impressed with it. Like the playwright, I dismissed it. I dismissed it as nothing more than a series of talky vignettes, with little substance. Sad to say, the play didn’t jump out to me on the page, but part of me was a little curious to see how the play looked on a stage, so off I went to the Access Theatre for the aforementioned revival presented by The Hunger and Thirst Theatre Collective, a theatre company created by director Patricia Lynn, actor Brian Keith MacDonald and actress Emily Kitchens.

And I’m glad I did.

Ivanov (Christopher Bonewitz) has grown weary of the stupidity of his colleagues and neighbors, while his wife, Anna (Emily Kitchens), a converted Jew is slowly dying of tuberculosis. When Lvov (Jordan Kaplan), Anna’s doctor, accuses Ivanov of exacerbating his wife’s condition with his angry temper and periods of misery, the incensed Ivanov leaves for a birthday party at the Lebedyev estate hosted by iron willed ”money grubber” Zinaida (Kymberly Tuttle) and her pathetic, but well-meaning hubby Pasha (Timothy J. Cox). Here Ivanov finds company, gossip, and Sasha (Brittanie Bond), the Lebedyev’s daughter, a starry-eyed young girl (and a bit of a firebrand) who quickly falls in love with him. Anna secretly follows Ivanov to the party, where she surprises her husband and Sasha in an embrace. Caught between mistress and dying wife, Ivanov is pulled into an ever-deepening gloom of self-examination that leads to unavoidable tragedy. Thrown into the mix are a pair of con artists Borkin (Nate Dendy) and Shabelsky (Brian Keith MacDonald), (picture more diabolical versions of the Sir Toby and Sir Andrew characters in Twelfth Night), desperate for cash, who engage in an act to bilk some dough from poor, naïve widow Martha (director Lynn).

Here’s the good news…the play does not deserve to be dismissed and neither does this production.

True, Ivanov doesn’t rank up there with Chekhov’s more popular works Uncle Vanya, The Seagull and The Cherry Orchard, but after seeing director Patricia Lynn’s production, I do take back my overall dismissal of the play. Ivanov is worthy of discussion and yes, performance, as this particular play should (and does) resonate with a modern audience, it certainly did with me. On the surface, the play deals with cynical people living in cynical, uncertain times (sound familiar), with little to no hope of anything, let alone where the important things in life, namely money, are going to come from, but more importantly, it deals with the lies we tell ourselves; of lives misspent and dreams unfulfilled and forever lost. Yes, in typical Chekhov form, it is a tragedy, but it is also a comedy and The Hunger and Thirst Theatre Collective’s production is a wondrous, vivid evening of theatre that was rich and fully realized, both tragically and comedically. It allowed us to see the tragedy in the comedy of the world (and vice versa), through the eyes of people we know; people that director Lynn and her talented cast hint we may even be.

The play itself provides its share of obstacles (it is Chekhov, after all) but Ms. Lynn and her team are more than up to the task, doing a fantastic job of keeping the audience engaged in not only Ivanov’s story, but the story of those around him. Ms. Lynn is to be commended for the strong pace and especially for injecting as much humor into the production as possible, as Chekhov does tend to get bogged down in the misery. It’s energetic and full of life, even in its most quiet moments.

Ms. Lynn’s production was brought to life by a dazzling cast of characters, all delivered with aplomb by an impressive cast. As the title character, Christopher Bonewitz drove the play with considerable energy and didn’t, thankfully, whine his way through the role. Bonewitz’s Ivanov is a man who knows that he’s lost, that’s he damaged goods and that his outcome at the end of the play is meant to be, because there’s nothing left for him, but in Bonewitz’s rich performance, you see brief glimpses that there’s still a little bit of fight left in him.

Another actor who hit a bull’s-eye was Timothy J. Cox, who gave a touching performance as a wonderfully realized Pasha Lebedyev, who I now think may be the most humane and graceful character in Chekhov’s canon. At first, Cox’s Lebedyev is nothing more than a silly clown, like a background performer inching his way to a close up, giggling at stories and remembrances that likely aren’t his own, but as the play progresses, we see Cox shift from silly clown to sad clown and as the play then draws to its close, there’s a quiet, subtle realization that his Lebedyev is nothing more than an empty shell of a man with nothing left, but who accepts the fate of who he is and why he is where he is in life. This realization was presented with such humanity and grace by Cox that it was quite heartbreaking at times.

Monday, October 08, 2012

All Things Random's MARTY AND DOUG 2 Meeting In The Weeks

I hope to be meeting with Greg Vorob, Dan Conrad and director (hopefully) Sean Meehan real soon to read and discuss the script of MARTY AND DOUG'S NEW RELIGION, PART 2.

It'll be great to see everyone and hopefully begin the process of moving the project further.

Opening Weekend of The Hunger and Thirst Theatre Collective's IVANOV

Three shows down...2 more weeks of runs to go.

The opening weekend went very well. Our preview crowd was small, but they were receptive. Saturday and Sunday nights' crowds were more vocal, with Saturday night being, in my opinion, the best of the three performances. I'm very proud of this production and of the work that everyone involved is doing.

Now, I have a few days off to rest.

Back with the show on Thursday.

Friday, October 05, 2012

A Good Final / Dress...Tonight's the Night!

We got the pace we wanted in last evenings' final / dress rehearsal, so that's good. Now, it's time to put this show in front of an audience. I'm confident about the show amd hope that people enjoy themselves and take something away from the production.

Thursday, October 04, 2012

Final Tech / Dress Tonight

At the theatre now...were 45 minutes away from the start of final tech / dress rehearsal. The key to tonight is PACE, PACE, PACE.

We'll see how it goes.

Last Nights' Run

Pace is still an issue with the play. It's an issue that can be dealt with easily and it will be.

Back again tonight for the final tech/dress rehearsal.

Wednesday, October 03, 2012

Dead4Movie.com Review of SIMPLE MIND

Dead4Movie.com Review of SIMPLE MIND

Oct 3, 2012
 
 
 

In Phil Newsom’s 7 minute psychological thriller short Simple Mind, we delve into the mind of Bob (Timothy J. Cox) and as we quickly learn, it’s not a pleasant place to be.

Bob is visiting his therapist and his story for this session involves a new love in his life, Samantha (Kristi McCarson), but this is not a tale of romance, but instead it is tale of a killer and how and what makes a killer tick. Bob is a killer who enjoys what he does, relishes it even, but above all, he wants praise for his ”achievements”, as he thinks he’s the best there is and the best there ever will be. This guy gives new meaning to the term ”delusions of grandeur”.

Simple Mind was helmed by first time writer/director Phil Newsom, who along with the films’ director of photography, Paul Nameck, have crafted a chilling look into the human mind.
Nameck’s camera work is sharp and focused throughout, while Newsom’s script is on point and does feature a surprise or two, like all good thrillers.

There are some minor sound issues halfway through the film, but it doesn’t hamper one’s overall enjoyment of the piece.

Simple Mind soars because of the dynamic performance of Timothy J. Cox, as Bob. It’s the subtlely where Cox nails the character, as Bob looks harmless at first glance, even sweet natured, but make no mistake, this guy is all evil. Cox’s is complimented by Kristi McCarson’s quiet and convincing turn as Samantha.

Definitely worth a look!

Dead4Movie.com Review of GREG'S GUARDIAN ANGEL

Dead4Movie.com Review of GREG'S GUARDIAN ANGEL

Oct 3, 2012
 
 

All Things Random Productions’ new comedy short Greg’s Guardian Angel asks the question, ”Are there really angels among us…and if we had one, would they help us or would they drive us completely insane?”

On a normal day, laid back and easygoing Greg (Greg Vorob) is visited by an apparition (Elmer J. Santos) who claims to be his guardian angel. The angel gives Greg some very helpful advice, advice which then helps Greg score major cool points with his bosses Mr. Schmaven (Timothy J. Cox) and Mr. Longshaft (Jack Moran) at Spatco (with a name like that, it makes me wonder what they manufacture).

Greg is naturally thrilled at his successes with his bosses and begins to trust the angel, and it only gets better from there. The angel helps Greg in every day matters, but specifically in his love life.
Greg is approached by office beauty Monica (Caitlin Winter) and romance is hopefully in their future, but while on a date. Greg’s chances at success with Monica are thwarted when the angel’s constant interference derails the whole thing.

What started off as a beautiful friendship, quickly turns sour when the angel goes more than a little overboard in the guidance department with Greg.

Poor Greg.

All in all…a very funny premise presented by a delightfully wicked group, led by Dan Conrad’s rapid fire script, which includes a hilarious exchange between Vorob, Cox and Moran about the differences in those who wear red ties, to those who wear green ties. If you wear green ties, look out for Mr. Schmaven and Mr. Longshaft!

Conrad’s script is strong all the way through, never missing a beat, while Dan Kowalski’s direction is sharp, as well as the cinematography by Sam Elliot.

The cast is a strong, fun and spirited bunch, led by Vorob’s pleasant turn as the all-around nice guy, who is driven to the brink of madness by Elmer J. Santos’ hysterical antics as the angel. Timothy J. Cox scores big in his brief scenes as Greg’s boss, while Jack Moran and Caitlin Winter round out the cast with nice appearances as Mr. Longshaft and Monica, respectively.

Please visit the films’ official website www.gregsguardianangel.com, for information on the production.

The Entertainment Scribe Review of GREG'S GUARDIAN ANGEL

Greg’s Guardian Angel (2012)



October 3, 2012 | Author: | Posted in Movie Reviews



Greg’s Guardian Angel, a comedy short from the team of All Things Random and Phalanx Film and Video, tells the amusing tale of Greg (Greg Vorob) and his guardian angel (Elmer J. Santos). The angel pays Greg a visit one day and begins to guide Greg, in the hopes that he will make the ”right” decisions in his life.
 
What are the ”right” decisions? Who knows?

The angel does, but while his efforts to guide Greg start off promising, very quickly, the angel causes more trouble than anything, driving poor Greg to the brink of insanity.

A very funny premise, presented will considerable skill by writer Dan Conrad and director Dan Kowalski. I enjoyed the colorful title sequence especially, which featured a pleasing score by Romain Battaglia.

From the cast, Santos proved hysterically funny as the bothersome angel, while Vorob scored as everyman Greg. In a huge switch from his serial killer role in Simple Mind, Timothy J. Cox made the most of his fun appearance as Greg’s boss, Mr. Schmaven.

I look forward to more from the team of All Things Random and Phalanx Film and Video.

Check out the film’s Official Website: http://www.gregsguardianangel.com/

The Entertainment Scribe Review of SIMPLE MIND

Simple Mind (2012)



October 3, 2012 | Author: | Posted in Movie Reviews



Before me, you rightly tremble. But, fear is not what you owe me. You owe me awe.

Francis Dolarhyde in the film Red Dragon.
 

The new short film Simple Mind takes us into the deep, dark world of a serial killer.
 
Written and directed by Phil Newsom, the exciting and extremely well made 7 minute short tells the story of Bob (Timothy J. Cox), a serial killer who speaks of his latest pursuit (Kristi McCarson) to his therapist, in the hopes that he will get the credit for his ”achievements”, that he feels he so richly deserves.
 
To killers like Bob, getting caught is nothing, but not getting the glory is everything. To Bob, that’s a crime.
 
Newsom’s film engages the audience from the very beginning and never lets up, with the help of his sharp and suspense filled script and especially with the assistance of the outstanding cinematography from Paul Nameck. This is true independent filmmaking here, as according to IMDB, the film, shot on a shoestring budget, with a crew which consisted of only Newsom, Nameck and actors Kristi McCarson and Timothy J. Cox.
 
Speaking of the cast, McCarson is quite effective as the object of the killer’s obsessions, but it is Timothy J. Cox as Bob who shines brightest here. Cox’s performance is so bloody good that at first you think his Bob is this warm, sweet teddy bear of a man, only to be completely shockesd and unnerved by his turn into a cold, methodical and ego driven killer. It’s a marvelous performance in a thrilling short film.
 
Simple Mind truly is indie filmmaking at it’s best.
 
Check it out here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SuT2a1_0cVQ

Last Night

It was great to be in the space last night to run our first tech performance of the show. We had to switch to a cue to cue after intermission, due to time, but we'll full a chance to run the show show full blast tonight.

Rogue Cinema Review of SOCKS AND CAKES

Film Reviews: Socks and Cakes (2012) - By Brian Morton
Posted on Tuesday, October 02, 2012 @ 14:35:52 Mountain Daylight Time by Duane





Sometimes a short can be a full story and sometimes a short is just a piece of a puzzle that makes you want more. Well, Socks and Cakes is one of those rare shorts that’s like eavesdropping on neighbors that you only hear from once a year.

This interesting little short is the story of a dinner party, five people from very different backgrounds are having dinner and dealing with their issues. The couple hosting the party is having problems, one single guest is frustrated by dating and the other two are a new couple who seem to only be together for physical reasons. Throughout the 20 some minute short, we see what’s going on with these people and what their problems really are.

The real interesting thing about Socks and Cakes is that it’s like real life, we don’t get a resolution to these life’s problems, we just get to see people dealing with real issues, and while that might sound strange, it’s strangely intriguing! Writer/director Antonio Padovan has captured a small piece of life that feels real, between the acting and the story; this is a great calling card and makes me want to see what else Padovan might have up his sleeve! I’m giving Socks and Cakes 4 out of 4 cigars; it’s well written, well acted and left me wanting more. Find out more by heading over to http://www.timothyjcox.com.

Rogue Cinema Review of OVER COFFEE

Film Reviews: Over Coffee (2012) - By Brian Morton
Posted on Tuesday, October 02, 2012 @ 14:32:20 Mountain Daylight Time by Duane





Anyone who’s ever held a job has had that crush on a co-worker. Don’t pretend that you’ve never seen (or been involved with) it, because we all know better!! Well, a new short called Over Coffee takes a look at this kind of office romance in a pretty unique way.

Andrew is crazy about Carla, a secretary that works for his boss. He finds excuses to take paperwork to her and just hang around her. Well, when the boss calls and is making an unexpected appearance, Carla realizes that she’s forgotten his coffee…which is very important to the tyrannical boss! So, seeing his chance, Andrew offers to forego his own work and make the very specific coffee run for her…which leads to some interesting problems for Andrew.
Over Coffee is one of the better romantic shorts that I’ve seen. The story has a real quality to it and Erik Potempa as Andrew and Erica DeBoer as Carla are perfectly cast. And, let’s not forget Timothy J. Cox as the boss…who has a pretty funny moment when he gets a phone call from home! Writer / director Sean Meehan has captured a piece of office politics perfectly; it’s romantic and just plain fun!

I’m giving Over Coffee 4 out of 4 cigars, if you’ve ever worked with other people; you’ll see someone here that you know! Find out more by heading over to http://www.timothyjcox.com.

Rogue Cinema Review of JACK JIMMINY: THE STORY OF A PORNSTAR EXTRA

Film Reviews: Jack Jimminy: The Story of a Pornstar Extra (2011) - By Roger Carpenter
Posted on Tuesday, October 02, 2012 @ 14:44:07 Mountain Daylight Time by Duane




Jack's birth was legendary: it happened on set during a sex scene between his mother and her costar. It seems Jack's mother didn't think she was ready to give birth but baby Jack had other plans, spoiling the scene and making a rather rude entrance. You see, Jack's parents were, at the top of their craft, one of the most famous pornstar couples in the country. Naturally, they expected Jack to go into the "family business", but Jack wanted to be a "real" actor. So Mom and Dad sucked it up and paid for acting school and were thrilled to learn that after all those classes their son had broken into the porn business, doing sex flicks overseas.

But what the proud parents don' t know is that Jack doesn't star in porn films; he's only a lowly extra--so lowly, in fact, that he must make his own costumes. But Jack tells his aging parents that he's an overseas porn star to keep them off his back, keeping them from learning the truth by creating fake video covers and explaining to them that the DVD's of his films won't play in American players because of encoding problems.

Jack Jimminy: The Story of a Pornstar Extra is a mockumentary about a day in the life of a pornstar extra. The camera follows Jack around as he visits his parents for his birthday (a penis cake, naturally), lets the viewers in on all his secrets about how he fools his parents (bronzed dildos used as fake awards and an autographed picture of Ron Jeremy), and even allows the viewers to visit a movie set to see Jack in action. The entire 20-minute short is rather pointless but that's why it's funny. With all the irrelevant and extraneous reality TV shows showcasing everything from turtle hunters, pig farmers, and even fat, obnoxious wannabe child beauty queens and their family members, it makes perfect sense for someone to document the meaningless life of someone who makes a living out of being totally irrelevant. What's more irrelevant than an extra (clothed, even!) in a porno flick? If the entire premise isn't funny enough for you, there are also some pretty clever one-liners in the film as well as some hilarious stories. The story of Jack's birth as told by his mother is simply outrageous. Keep a keen eye out for some really funny set decoration and costuming as well.

So the next time you're feeling depressed and unwanted at work, just remember it could always be worse--you could be a pornstar extra! The short is currently unavailable for viewing, but more information can be found at http://www.jackjimminy.com or for more information on the production company, GripReality, go to http://www.gr3d.com/GR3D.

Rogue Cinema Review of GREG'S GUARDIAN ANGEL

Film Reviews: Greg’s Guardian Angel (2012) - By Philip Smolen
Posted on Tuesday, October 02, 2012 @ 15:50:58 Mountain Daylight Time by Duane





As a small boy in Catholic school I was always told by the nuns to leave a little extra room on my desk chair, so my guardian angel could sit right next to me. After all, the angel was there to help me become a better person. That advice seemed ok at first, but after a couple of days, I started to resent my invisible spiritual partner because I wasn’t getting any advice from him, and I felt that he was taking up way too much room in my tiny chair.
Dan Kowalski’s short “Greg’s Guardian Angel” is a nifty variation of my childhood experience. It concerns a thirty something middle management type (Greg Vorob) who is visited by his own guardian angel (a goofy Elmer J. Santos). The spirit attempts to tell him what to do because as he says, “it’s all about the choices we make in life.” Greg is initially thrilled to be getting heavenly counsel and even happier when this advice gets him both noticed by his boss and a date with a hot co-worker. But the angel doesn’t know where to stop and before long, he begins to badger Greg over the minutest of life’s choices including what color ink to use on the crossword puzzle!

“Greg’s Guardian Angel” is smart and a lot of fun, and the film’s situations make it obvious that Kowalski has his tongue planted firmly in cheek. The script by Dan Conrad is bright and witty, and it’s amusing watching Vorob fumble about while talking to an angel that no one else can see. Vorob has a great rubbery face and is reminiscent of a young Jackie Gleason. He’s very expressive and has a natural gift for comedy.

This short reminded me a little bit of the old movie “It’s a Wonderful Life” (1948). But unlike like that classic, “Greg’s Guardian Angel” doesn’t take itself too seriously and instead serves up divine comedic situations with a devilish twist.

For more information on “Greg’s Guardian Angel”, please visit: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2403736

Tuesday, October 02, 2012

Tech Run Is Starting

It's so great to be on our stage. Ready to rock!

At The First Night Of Tech Now

I am currently at the Access Theatre in Lower Manhattan for our first night in the space. We'll be starting a tech run of the play soon.

Tech Begins Tonight

Tech week is finally here!

Tonight, the cast and crew of IVANOV will convene at the Access Theatre in Lower Manhattan, to begin the process of  ''putting it all together'', specifically lights, sound, etc. Yesterday, director Pattie Lynn and a few members of the cast loaded in all the furniture for the production, so when we run tonight...we'll have a chance to work with everything, as it would be in a performance.

I feel great about the show. I think it's very strong, with a talented group across the board. I'm proud of the work I have done with Lebedyev...now, I get to show him off to an audience.

Monday, October 01, 2012

Yesterdays' Run Through

I felt much better about yesterdays' run through of the show, in regards to my own performance. Pacing is still an issue, but I believe that the cast has reached a point where it's time to get into the theatre, start working on the stage, under the lights. The good news is that we get to do that very thing, starting on Tuesday night.

The preview performance in on Friday and the official opening is on Saturday. So excited to get this one in front of an audience.

Ryan's Reviews on SIMPLE MIND

Simple Mind (2012)


Description (from the IMDb): Simple Mind is the story of a man, who through therapy, discovers more about himself and his life then he ever imagined.

Major Cast Timothy J. Cox as Bob, Kristi McCarson as Samantha

Special Features: None (Online Screener)

Written and Directed by Phil Newsom

Those of you that read my reviews often may remember Tim Cox, as he was in a trio of short films I reviewed a while back, as well as another short called THE MISOGYNIST (here). He has sent me another short, SIMPLE MIND, which shows off a completely different side to his acting chops, and it was nice to see Cox in a role that is not humorous at all.

Hi, I’m Bob, can I come in?

SM is a short, ominous little film dealing with Bob, who is professing his obsession for a woman to his psychiatrist. Bob also has some really dark tendencies. I really don’t want to go too much into the story because the film is only 7:23, and to tell you much more than that would be to give away the twists that Newsom has so carefully packaged in such a short time. This is one of those movies where, towards the beginning, you say: “oh, I know the twist, you won’t surprise me!” and then as it gets to the end: “dammit, I didn’t see THAT coming.”

Samantha, getting ready for the worst night of her life.

Newsome’s plot, character development, visual eye, and directing abilities all shine in less than seven and a half minutes. SM opens with a great scene of Cox running in slow motion with heartbeat like audio playing that immediately grabs the viewer and draws them into the story. We immediately get that he’s most likely a stalker, and that Stephanie probably doesn’t even know who he is. The plot and character development build and twist from there, and SM does a better job of getting into its character’s heads and messing with its viewer’s heads than many films ten times its length. The film also has a lot of really interesting visual touches, from the odd camera angles used to the use of close-ups, and these images help to build the suspense of the plot and the odd feeling with the character of Bob. It also helps that Cox has some sort of really freaky ability to literally make his pupils convulse, which equals instant creepiness.

SM did have one big flaw as well: the audio. It was inconsistent; in a few scenes the dialogue was really well recorded, but overall its quality is much lower. The audio is not so bad as to make the film hard to hear, but it does draw some for the rest of the professionalism presented in SM.

At least Bob cleans up after himself.

Overall, I really enjoyed SM. The flick does a really good job of packing a lot of emotional oomph into 7:23. It is well shot with good quality video, and overall very well made (with just one exception). What impressed me the most other than the plot was the performance from Cox. Having seen him in completely comedic roles, it was a very nice 180 to see him playing such a dark, disturbed, and disturbing character. I look forward to seeing more work from both Cox and from Newsom.

Overall 8 / 10

SM on the IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2332789/

SM video on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SuT2a1_0cVQ

SM is not for sale.

SM does not appear to have an official site.