Tuesday, October 21, 2008

The Afternoon Report, October 15, 2008

I missed a few days of BBB's The Afternoon Report being away in Florida and all, so here are a few of them.

This information, called The Afternoon Report, is provided by a daily email blast from the publicity firm of Boneau Bryan-Brown, which maintains this blog.

Frost/Nixon: Two gladiators battling with wits and words
“A couple of years ago I took a seat at the Donmar Warehouse, London. By curtain call, just under two hours later, I knew what I wanted my next film to be. – I hope the film does what Peter’s play did for me: reminds us that accountability matters. When the system allows our leaders to hide behind verbal gymnastics, or to have their sins blithely rationalized by the complexity of the office they hold, it is up to the people to demand a reckoning. And while the media is an industry vying for customers, it must somehow also be that instrument of enlightenment for us, the public who so desperately rely upon it.”
Smart directors. Endangered species.

Seatwave attacks RSC clampdown on ticket-reselling as ‘antiquated’

“Leading secondary ticket agent Seatwave has accused the Royal Shakespeare Company as being behind the times for attempting to clamp down on the reselling of tickets to sold-out performances of David Tennant’s Hamlet. – The RSC has been able to trace sellers who have revealed seat numbers in any descriptions of the tickets and claimed the measures have been introduced to stop tickets being sold at inflated prices. However, Cohen [Seatwave’s chief executive] said whenever there was a high demand for tickets there would always be a secondary market and accused the RSC of being out of touch with reality.”
Why else would NY have eased up on scalping? Silly stuff. It's all so counterproductive -- and contrary to the nature of transactional business. This is why, distasteful as some people find it, premium tickets for Broadway shows are popular in certain sectors of the ticket-buying public.
“In an effort to eliminate cell phone disruptions during performances, the Manitoba Theatre Centre is launching Good Vibrations, a campaign to encourage theatre patrons to turn off their cell phones in the theatre. Starting with the opening night performance of Pride and Prejudice, MTC will donate $5 to the Actors’ Fund of Canada for every cell phone-free performance during the 2008/09 season. This could result in a total donation of $1,300 to the Fund, if all of the 260 performances at both the John Hirsch Theatre at the MTC Mainstage and the Tom Hendry Theatre at the MTC Warehouse are presented without any cell phone-related disruptions.”
Hilarious. I hope it works.

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