Friday, July 29, 2016

The Scene



This year's Act Your Pants Off was held at a venue known simply as 2720 Cherokee. It has a stage (with lousy lighting), performance space and large bar on the ground floor. Two upper levels contain art gallery and meeting space. Seems to me I've been to some art event there sometime. No idea what the text in the bottom photo is about but I got a peak at the area beside the stage where the cast hung out.

I am so out of material. Work is a pain. Hope I can get out on the street this weekend. At least it won't be so hot.


Thursday, July 28, 2016

Master of Ceremonies


Actor Paul Cereghino presided over the Act Your Pants Off silliness. He can reach for the stars or kneel in supplication. All-in-all, he did a great job of pulling the chaos together. Below, he holds the stage with Desiré Declyne, Peter Mayer and Linda Kennedy. A lot of cats to herd.






Wednesday, July 27, 2016

I'm Mad As Hell...


I'm mad as hell and I'm not going to take this anymore.  Some of you may remember the famous movie line. Act Your Pants off performers Bob Harvey and Jane Paradise (what a great name - and she lives in St. Louis!) seem to feel that way. Maybe it's because of the embarrassing things the so-called judges made them do as part of their acts. I feel that way at work sometimes, too, but my judges are the genuine article.

STL people, the Fringe schedule is online and it starts in just over three weeks. You better go.                


Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Blyre Cpanx


Blyre Cpanx is the stage name of Blaire Hamilton, a local artist and burlesque performer. She was one of the celebrity guests at Act Your Pants Off. In the course of the evening she gave striptease instructions to the other actors, which were not very well followed. Toward the end she did one of her own routines. The last photo was carefully chosen.



Monday, July 25, 2016

The Look


The fine folks at the St. Louis Fringe gave me a list of the performers names linked to one of my pictures of him. This is Kevin Minor. I'm having some trouble finding information online but I think he has performed in our Shakespeare In The Park Festival. 

Like all of the cast, he was amazingly versatile. The judges (well, they called themselves that) kept throwing absurd demands at the actors. Everyone picked them up and easily took the whole package to someplace new.  

 

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Hi, Everybody!


One of these days I'll get some information about the performers' names and accomplishments, but for now it's enough to concentrate on personality and style.This woman has a smile that outshines Donald Trump's hair. Whatever she did was gleeful.                    
 

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Act Your Pants Off


The conceit of the STL Fringe's Act Your Pants Off Event was to collect a number of comedians and actors, divide them into teams of three, and have them do some kind of related serious/silly performances. For example, one of the actors was to recite a speech of Julius Caesar to the Senate, while assuming that he was auditioning for the Moscow State Ballet and had Tourette's Syndrome. Or something like that. 
 
At the end of each round the audience would throw tips into a bucket for their preferred performer. The winner had to come back and do some other stunt while removing an article of clothing. The whole thing was mixed in with appearances by a giant-sized drag queen, burlesque lessons and performance, special appearances by the judges who awarded meaningless prizes on a completely arbitrary basis, and so on.
 
I was too busy taking pictures to get the performers' names. The fringe staff will try to get that for me and I'll add something about them to subsequent posts. It's too hot to shoot on the street here this weekend so I'll stay with this for a bit.