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This blog is part of a series of "Classic Bovine Blogs." These are blog posts that we managed to recover from our old website that crashed in 2014. This blog was written by Eric Farone and originally posted on February 7, 2008.

What is a "bad" audience?

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  • Tue, 03/01/2016

We have been performing "On The Spot" for 16 years here at the theater. Often the players are quick to blame they audience for a bad show. "They were a bad house" I have heard far too often (I may have even said it myself once or twice).

We have had sold out houses, small houses, tired houses, responsive houses, and mostly crazy fan audiences. The point is, that we have seen a ton of different audiences and only a handful have been "bad". For me, a bad audience is one that is where one person or a small group is too distracted to pay attention. If a group or individual is very...

"Yes, &" SHUT UP!

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  • Thu, 02/25/2016

"Yes, &" doesn't mean "Shut up and do it my way". It is not a weapon to be wielded by the first person who speaks.

"Yes, &" is about collaboration. That means that I need to give and take. For those of you not familiar with "give and take" it means you and I both have to "shut up" at some point during the scene and let our partner contribute too. It also means we must speak up and build on what has come before at some point too.

If my partner does an "&" that I did not expect, it is my job to go with it and "Yes, &" their idea. I shouldn't get mad, correct,...

Free Falling - Classic Bovine Blog

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  • Tue, 01/26/2016

This blog is part of a series of "Classic Bovine Blogs." These are blog posts that we managed to recover from our old website that crashed in 2014. This blog was written by Eric Farone and originally posted on December 19th, 2007. 

I have a game I like players to warm-up with. I call it “3 Line Scenes” it is a three line (exchange) scene in which the Who (relationship), What (focus of the scene) and the Where (location) must be established. For example;

Player One: Mom, I’m Sad. (Who/Relationship)

Player Two: But this is Disneyland, the...

Do It Now, Do It Too, Do It Again - Classic Bovine Blog

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  • Wed, 01/20/2016

This blog is part of a series of "Classic Bovine Blogs." These are blog posts that we managed to recover from our old website that crashed in 2014. This blog was written by Eric Farone and originally posted on May 9th, 2008. 

"Do it now, Do it too, Do it again" 

A friend of mine in Chicago, Martin DeMaat, gave me this advice about improv: "Do it Now, Do it too, Do it again." He told me what it meant to him. 20 years later I think I get it. I still tell my students and so I might as well explain it here.

Do It Now.

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Monologues - Classic Bovine Blog

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  • Wed, 01/20/2016

This blog is part of a series of "Classic Bovine Blogs." These are blog posts that we managed to recover from our old website that crashed in 2014. This blog was written by Eric Farone and originally posted on April 8th, 2011. 

Edit-cation ~ Volume 1, Issue 3

Monologues (Asides and Soliloquies)

Remember, all edits must serve the scene that is on stage currently, not the scene we want to bring in from the sides. The original scene is being shown to the audience for a reason. It is up to the folks on the side of the stage to...

See and Be Seen

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  • Wed, 01/20/2016

Viola Spolin, the high priestess of improv, was an advocate of “see and be seen”. That is what improv is all about; being with each other in the moment in a particular place in time. Seems a simple enough way to connect, but how when we are busy in our heads creating?

Just follow some of these simple ideas and your improv will fly off the stage.

See your partner. Look them in the eyes. See their posture. Read between the lines. Be present with them. If you are seeing your partner then you are present with them. Eye contact doesn’t allow us to be anywhere but...

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