Theatre of the Unimpressed

Theatre of the Unimpressed is Tannahill’s wry and revelatory personal reckoning with the discipline he’s dedicated his life to, and a roadmap for a vital twenty-first-century theatre – one that apprehends the value of ‘liveness’ ...

Author: Jordan Tannahill

Publisher: Coach House Books

ISBN: 9781770564114

Category: Social Science

Page: 160

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A lot of plays are bad. And one bad play, it seems, can turn us off theater for good. So, what can we learn from the bad play? Jordan Tannahill, after talking to theater heavy-hitters from Australia to Berlin, offers a roadmap for a renewed theater, one that is less insular, less insulting, with better infrastructure. In reconsidering dramaturgy, programming strategies, and alternative models for producing, he aims to turn theater from an obligation to a destination. Jordan Tannahill is a multidisciplinary artist based in Toronto. His production of Sheila Heti's All Our Happy Days Are Stupid will be performed in New York in 2015.

Theatre of the Unimpressed In Search of Vital Drama

There were of course those rare moments of transcendence that kept me coming back. But why did they come so few and far between? A lot of plays are dull. And one dull play, it seems, can turn us off theatre for good.

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How dull plays are killing theatre and what we can do about it. Had I become disenchanted with the form I had once fallen so madly in love with as a pubescent, pimple-faced suburban homo with braces? Maybe theatre was like an all-consuming high school infatuation that now, ten years later, I saw as the closeted balding guy with a beer gut he’d become. There were of course those rare moments of transcendence that kept me coming back. But why did they come so few and far between? A lot of plays are dull. And one dull play, it seems, can turn us off theatre for good. Playwright and theatre director Jordan Tannahill takes in the spectrum of English-language drama – from the flashiest of Broadway spectacles to productions mounted in scrappy storefront theatres – to consider where lifeless plays come from and why they persist. Having travelled the globe talking to theatre artists, critics, passionate patrons and the theatrically disillusioned, Tannahill addresses what he considers the culture of ‘risk aversion’ paralyzing the form. Theatre of the Unimpressed is Tannahill’s wry and revelatory personal reckoning with the discipline he’s dedicated his life to, and a roadmap for a vital twenty-first-century theatre – one that apprehends the value of ‘liveness’ in our mediated age and the necessity for artistic risk and its attendant failures. In considering dramaturgy, programming and alternative models for producing, Tannahill aims to turn theatre from an obligation to a destination. ‘[Tannahill is] the poster child of a new generation of (theatre? film? dance?) artists for whom “interdisciplinary” is not a buzzword, but a way of life.’– J. Kelly Nestruck, The Globe and Mail ‘Jordan is one of the most talented and exciting playwrights in the country, and he will be a force to be reckoned with for years to come.’– Nicolas Billon, Governor General's Award–winning playwright (Fault Lines).

Liminal

Part ontological thriller, part millennial saga, Liminal is a riotous and moving portrait of a young man in volatile times, a generation caught in suspended animation, and a son’s enduring love for his mother.

Author: Jordan Tannahill

Publisher: House of Anansi

ISBN: 9781487003791

Category: Fiction

Page: 304

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At 11:04 a.m. on January 21st, 2017, Jordan opens the door to his mother’s bedroom. As his eyes adjust to the half-light, he finds her lying in bed, eyes closed and mouth agape. In that instant he cannot tell whether she is asleep or dead. The sight of his mother's body, caught between these two possibilities, causes Jordan to plunge headlong into the uncertain depths of consciousness itself. From androids to cannibals to sex clubs, an unforgettable personal odyssey emerges, populated by a cast of sublime outsiders in search for the ever-elusive nature of self. Part ontological thriller, part millennial saga, Liminal is a riotous and moving portrait of a young man in volatile times, a generation caught in suspended animation, and a son’s enduring love for his mother.

Late Company

Hot off a run in London's West End, and described by Torontoist as a "searing, unforgettable drama," Late Company uncovers layers of parental and political hypocrisy at a suburban dinner party where grief is the loudest guest.

Author: Jordan Tannahill

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ISBN: 1770918973

Category: Drama

Page: 120

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Hot off a run in London's West End, and described by Torontoist as a "searing, unforgettable drama," Late Company uncovers layers of parental and political hypocrisy at a suburban dinner party where grief is the loudest guest.

The Theatre

1 the World on the following morning , were unimpressed last night at Abbey's
Theatre by the beauty , the artistic charm , the harmony and taste which marked
the latest , and perhaps most wondrous stage production that we owe to Henry ...

Author: Clement Scott

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ISBN: CHI:096267771

Category: Drama

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French News

American Plays in Paris American theatre and cinema , although often projecting
a distorted image of American life , have ... and felt that the work was excellent
theatre , although many were unimpressed by the play's " domestic affair " and
the ...

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ISBN: IND:30000126402118

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The Videofag Book

Longlisted for the 2018 Toronto Book Awards In October 2012, lovers William Ellis and Jordan Tannahill moved into a former barbershop in Toronto's Kensington Market neighbourhood and turned it into an art space called Videofag.

Author: Jordan Tannahill

Publisher: Book Thug

ISBN: 1771663626

Category: Drama

Page: 192

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Literary Nonfiction. Drama. Performance Studies. LGBTQIA Studies. In October 2012, lovers William Ellis and Jordan Tannahill moved into a former barbershop in Toronto's Kensington Market neighbourhood and turned it into an art space called Videofag. Over the next four years Videofag became a hub for counterculture in the city, playing host to a litany of performances, screenings, parties, exhibitions, and all manner of queer fuckery. But hosting a city in their house took its toll and eventually William and Jordan broke up, closing the space for good in June 2016. THE VIDEOFAG BOOK is a chronicle of those four years told through multiple voices and mediums: a personal history by William and Jordan; a love letter by Jon Davies; a communal oral history compiled by Chandler Levack; a play by Greg MacArthur; a poem by Aisha Sasha John; a chronological history of Videofag's programming; and a photo archive curated by William and Jordan in full colour. "Videofag was a busy nexus of performance and art, a focal point for a wide assortment of communities, including the queer art scene, underground film culture, comedy, and theatre."--Torontoist "The queer arts hub [known as Videofag] has served as the incubator for countless projects and artists over its life, becoming a critical meeting point for creators from around the city and across the country."--Daily Xtra

Theatre

Then , again , consider that lovely and touching moment when Miss Matthews ,
as a young girl called Gloria , impersonates her past self “ Dancing on the Ceiling
” for a theatre manager who remains unimpressed . Here Miss Matthews's eager
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Author: Harold Hobson

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ISBN: STANFORD:36105015742278

Category: Drama

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Australian Theatre Modernism and Patrick White

But the Governors were unimpressed and suspicious. They made enquiries into
local attitudes to White's writing and were satisfied that their instincts were correct
. This triumphantly vindictive statement later appeared in the Minority Report ...

Author: Denise Varney

Publisher: Anthem Press

ISBN: 9781783088362

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 130

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In the early 1960s the board of governors of the Adelaide Festival of Arts in Australia rejected two Patrick White plays, The Ham Funeral in 1962 and Night on Bald Mountain in 1964. Australian Theatre, Modernism and Patrick White documents the scandal that followed the board’s rejections of White’s plays, especially as it acted against the advice of its own drama committee and artistic director on both occasions. Denise Varney and Sandra D’Urso analyze the two events by drawing on the performative behaviour of the board of governors to focus on the question of governance. They shed new light on the cultural politics that surrounded the rejections, arguing that it represents an instance of executive governance of cultural production, in this case theatre and performance. The central argument of the book is that aesthetic modernism in theatre and drama struggled to achieve visibility and acceptability, and posed a threat to the norms and values of early to mid-twentieth-century Australia. The recent productions indicate that despite the Adelaide Festival’s early hostile rejections, White’s plays endure.

The Consequences of a New Theatre

But if your Thoughts are not untainted , unimpressed by the Love of soft ,
effeminating , unmanly Pleasures , in vain will they expect it . - Let ' not , then , the
View of the different Paths of Life , divide , any longer , your fickle , wavering and
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ISBN: BL:A0022613486

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Gold Rush Theatre in Nevada City California

We believe not a person left the theatre unimpressed with his great powers as an
actor . Mrs . Waller , as the gentle Portia , and wise lawyer , gave new evidence of
fine taste and graceful talent . . . . The impression she made on our citizens is ...

Author: Mabel Celeste Ashley

Publisher:

ISBN: STANFORD:36105010295157

Category: Theater

Page: 298

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Educational theatre journal

After living and teaching in Toledo for eight years , I learned of its existence from
a student in an introductory theatre - history class who appeared singularly
unimpressed by the mysteriousness of seasonal hero - combats , Perchtenläufen
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ISBN: UCAL:B4911734

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Theatre Record

ST ANDREWS , BYRE 2 - 31 December 2005 THE MARSH KING ' S DAUGHTER
A saving grace should have been cast , faced with a terrifyingly the exchanges
between the restless , unimpressed child characters of the two storks , audience ...

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ISBN: STANFORD:36105122356947

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San Francisco Theatre Research

The Bush Street Theatre opened on the 23rd of December and the Argonaut of
that day wrote : " ... the man behind the ... was as cool and unimpressed : " ... at
the Bush Street Theatre , the Leavitt Specialty Company have brought little new
with ...

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ISBN: UIUC:30112042520715

Category: Theater

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The Theatre Practice of Tadashi Suzuki

When Moscow Art Theatre actors visited Waseda University , Suzuki was
singularly unimpressed by his teacher ' s admiration for an actor who could cry at
will . For Suzuki , this was not a sign of good acting . This scepticism about
shingeki led ...

Author: Paul Allain

Publisher: Methuen Drama

ISBN: STANFORD:36105124117073

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 214

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For over 40 years Tadashi Suzuki has been a force in both Japanese and Western theatre, creating and directing many internationally acclaimed productions. This book explores Suzuki's theatre practice and the development of his training system, the Suzuki Method. Video examples of Suzuki actor training are contained on the accompanying DVD.

The Theatre Annual

Charles Dullin , Jouvet's colleague at the Vieux Colombier , found success no
problem since he was unimpressed by its importance . Of all the theatres of the
Cartel , his Atelier remained closest to the traditions , atmosphere and austere ...

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ISBN: MINN:319510014729283

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Theatre and Performance in Austria

Fortunatina is fascinated , but Oscar is unimpressed . The narrator verbalises his
thoughts for the reader ' Eine Löwin , was sieht man ? ! Eingesperrt ist sie — ' ( A
lioness , what can one see ? She is in a cage - ' ) ( p . 6 ) . The tutor is absorbed ...

Author: Ritchie Robertson

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ISBN: UOM:39015032536628

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 218

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This volume analyses the Austrian tradition of theatre and performance, from the musical culture of Haydn's Vienna to the Salzburg Festival and the political theatre of the present day. The topics discussed include Mozart's The Magic Flute, the comedies of Nestroy: Hofmannsthal's Arabella, Schnitzler's Reigen, the political dramas of Ernst Weiss and Felix Mitterer, the feminist theatre of Elfriede Jelinek, the satirical comedies of Vaclav Havel, and the provocations of Peter Handke and the Graz avant-garde. The book raises fundamental questions about the relationship between tradition and innovation, gender and sexuality, and audience and spectacle, as well as considering the problems of translation and reception. Through examining the interactions between public performance and national identity, it provides a wide-ranging account of one of the defining features of Austrian culture.

The Diary of Richard Wagner 1865 1882

71 But the King did not react , and persisted with his plan for the monumental
festival theatre unimpressed . It was not until March 1868 that the project was
abandoned . For this there were several reasons of which the most important was
that ...

Author: Richard Wagner

Publisher: Orion

ISBN: UCSC:32106005035149

Category: Composers

Page: 218

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Asian Theatre Journal

Instead , they must be considered as individual multifaceted artists , each
contributing to the general theatrical milieu in ... ten produced plays and directed
fifteen , but her mother , still unimpressed , continues to urge her to get out of
theatre .

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ISBN: UOM:39015067528169

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Minnesota Theatre

But with Langham ' s departure in 1977 , the theatre once more skidded into
perilous danger . Alvin Epstein , like Douglas ... had a taste for “ modern ” theatre
, was also high , but his old audience at The Guthrie was unimpressed . Failing to
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Author: Frank M. Whiting

Publisher:

ISBN: UCAL:B4365016

Category: Drama

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The general consensus (never proven) seems to be that there is more theatrical activity per capita in the Twin Cities are than anywhere else in the nation, New York included. This book therefore, is a humble attempt to make reader's a bit more aware of Minnesota's theatrical heritage. The material is arranged in four chronological divisions: Part One takes us from the soldier shows at old Fort Snelling to 1883 when not one but two Grand Opera Houses were constructed. Part Two ends with 1933, the date when Buzz Bainbridge gave up his theatre to become mayor. Part Three covers the thirty year interval between the demise of the Bainbridge Players and the opening of The Guthrie, while Part Four is concerned with the explosion of activity that immediately preceded and followed the opening of The Gutherie. This title has been selected as a Bernard Hewitt Award Nominee for outstanding Research in Theatre History.