Face2Face With Gelato


OK, now, I’m optimistic.

Last week, Face2Face improv had our first show at a new venue — Sam & Greg’s Pizzeria and Gelateria on the square in downtown Huntsville.

We’d rehearsed there last Monday for the first time, trying to figure out how to work in the unusual performance space at the venue. We left a little more comfortable, and ready to put what we’d figured out into practice the next night at our first show there.

The plan is that we’ll be doing shows every Tuesday night there.

Last Tuesday, to be honest, didn’t leave me overly optimistic about that prospect. The show was horrible. We failed to engage the audience, and had an incredible hard time getting suggestions from them. Things we’d figured out in theory about the performance space the night before proved a bit tougher to implement in practice. We toughed through the show, and made it to the end. I’m hardly one to give up after one bad experience, so I took a positive attitude of, well, we’ll just have to work out the kinks.

So last night was going to be the first step towards doing so, and it had a rather inauspicious beginning.

Fifteen minutes before the show was supposed to start, with no one there, we were discussing the fact that none of us had actually heard from anyone planning on coming to the show.

Five minutes before the show was supposed to start, with no one there, we were discussing how long we should wait before we gave up.

Five minutes after the show was supposed to start, with no one there, we took Matt, who hadn’t been there before, up on stage, and used the opportunity to let him get a feel for it.

Fifteen minutes after the show was supposed to start, with no one there, we gave up, put our stuff away, and headed out.

As we did, the guy behind the register caught us, and asked us about the check. Huh? “Did you sell some tickets?”

As it turns out, yes, he had. There was a large group that was finishing eating, and wrapped up and came upstairs as we were talking to him. We came that close to walking out on a pretty packed house.

And the show was great. The audience was great, we were much more comfortable with the venue, and we put on a pretty decent performance.

So … not a bad night after all. There may be hope for this yet.

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