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Posted by scary tyler moore | May 7, 2008 11:08 AM

Oh man, I still have a little square pin from "Hunchback" that I occasionally pull out just to remind myself of how trully execreble live theatre CAN be - with the resulting rededication to NEVER making anything as shitty as "Hunchback" ever, ever, EVER!

Posted by COMTE | May 7, 2008 11:28 AM

Oh, I dunno, COMTE . . . It seems to me that risking such shittiness is how we redeem theatre of the bourgeois "respectability" that keeps so much contemporary theatre so resolutely lukewarm.

Of course, I didn't see Hunchback myself, so perhaps I'm underestimating exactly how shitty it was.

Posted by thelyamhound | May 7, 2008 12:47 PM

it failed because they didn't title it:


Posted by michael strangeways | May 7, 2008 1:13 PM

Lyam, a person can *only* underestimate the shittiness of Hunchback.

I will never forget the first time I saw it: the "BONG BONG BONG" of the church bells in the opening moment, with the villagers walking in grim, slow motion and then POW! the horrible music kicking in ("Gotta Give The People What They Want") and the villagers going apeshit and cartwheeling and backspringing all over the stage. What have we here??! The rest of the show lived up to the promise of that first scene. It was so bad that I bought the t-shirt at intermission and wore it during the second half.

I will also never forget how various cast members invited me and my boyfriend to sneak on and join the cast for the closing performance. We were assured costumes and total sanction from all crew. We passed, and went to watch the closing performance instead and it was total mutiny. The actors were fucking off extravagantly all over the place. Simulated blow jobs, clothes coming off. It was a joy.

Hunchback: Never Forget.

Posted by Tina | May 7, 2008 1:53 PM


Risk is one thing; obliviousness to the point of foolhardy arrogance is quite another my friend.

As Tina attests, it really WAS that bad.

Posted by COMTE | May 7, 2008 2:32 PM

And I so wish I would have seen this when it was going on. Sigh you always miss the great bad theatre....

Posted by DJ Eternal Darkness | May 8, 2008 5:15 AM

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