Something didn’t feel right. After taking in a recent screening of Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby, I walked out of the theater feeling … off. I was simultaneously anxious, depressed, energized and a little jittery.
This is One Shitty Party isn't. But it isn't great
either. The Fringe offering from New York City’s Endless Chili
Productions bills itself as an immersive, interactive show about a 30th
birthday party where the audience plays the role of guests and friends.
Broken into about 10 scenes that are strung together only
with that theme, the piece bounces between hokey humor, tuneful songs, Stomp-like
dance sequences and good old-fashioned stand-and-deliver monologues.
The actors and the show were absolutely at their best
during unscripted moments — hearing the Coffee Emporium phone ring,
accidentally hitting the ceiling fan above the stage, calling attention
to the lack of off-stage space during the show — events that elicited
the strongest laughs of the night.
In filmmaking, there’s always pressure,
especially around one’s first feature. Ideally, you arc your career so
that you can grow as a director with each film, raising your profile as
you raise your game so that when you’re ready for your big break, you’ve
put in the time and have the resume and scars to prove it.