What’s in a name? Meaning. Purpose. Mission. For a new theatre company it has to tell the public who and what you are as effectively as possible.
The eclectic entertainment production company SPIT, SPIN and SWEAR unveiled its new company name at the opening night of their very excellent concert style production of TICK … TICK … BOOM! Jonathan Larson’s (“Rent”) first musical, presented in partnership with TheatreLab, a just as quirky venue that is quickly becoming the place to go for wild “underground” entertainment (their venue is actually called “the basement” as indeed that’s where it’s located).
SPIT, SPIN and SWEAR is now ………. “YES, AND!” Entertainment. Steeped in the tradition of the theater game “yes, and …,” where one actor starts a story, passes it off to the next actor who must accept the premise and riff on its theme starting with the words “Yes, and …,” before taking the story wherever they want it to go.
“Yes, And!” implies that these brave artists are going to take you to creatively positive places using whatever source material they start off with. What could be more exciting? Or entertaining?
They produce excellent theater. Hedwig and the Angry Inch was an award winning Richmond favorite last year. The company announced that this year the company will produce Venus in Fur a wildly entertaining Tony and Drama Desk award winning play which will star Richmond favorites Maggie Roop and James Ricks.
They produce Cover to Cover, a concert series which reproduces albums live on stage. Their past efforts include Graceland, Back to Black and Dookie. The company announced its next concert at Hardywood Craft Park on February 13 will be Heart’s Dreamboat Annie performed by Richmond’s best theatrical divas (women this time), Debra Wagoner, Katrina Lewis and Ali Thibodeau. The album will be preceded by the greatest hits from past covers and the whole program will be performed for FREE. Opening set is at 6p, cover starts at 7.
The next performance is tribute to the fallen superstar David Bowie’s with a reproduction of Ziggy Stardust in June.
And TICK … TICK … BOOM!”? Explosive. Divas Matt Shofner, Audra Honaker and Durron Tyre accompanied by the kick ass house band led by the crazy good guitarist Forrest Link dug in their heels and GAVE IT. I didn’t know the play and now I’m glad that I do. The divas were hot, the wine was cool and THE BASEMENT was electric with energy.
Electric, eclectic and eccentric. YES to YES, AND! Long may she waive.