Rough and Ready Theater
The third annual Play in a Day hit the Tenth Street Theatre this past weekend. A joint project between DIY theater groups Insurgent Theatre and Alamo Basement, Play in a Day comes from the rather absurd notion of making an entire play in 24 hours complete with sets and costuming. The hope here is to blur the line between performance and process. To a certain extent the final show is merely a rehearsal for a more balanced show that will never be completed. Ideally, things feel rough and incomplete.
This year’s Play in a Day was conceived as a musical. Five writers took turns hashing out a script that featured music written by three different musicians. It suffered from feeling just a bit more polished than last year. The audience filled out the main seats at the Tenth Street Theatre quite nicely. The stage was adorned with a banner clearly, though cryptically, spelling the word “OR” in big red letters. Alamo Basement co-founder Mike Q, Hanlon introduced the show, promptly auctioning off a complete script for the evening’s show. It ended up going for $70, which could be seen as a sign that Play in a Day is gaining popularity (last year’s script went for a mere $30).
followed was pretty bizarre, but it could scarcely be referred to as a musical.
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With growing interest in the series, Alamo Basement will likely return next summer with a fourth play in a day. Insurgent Theatre returns to the Alchemist Theatre this July with a pair of plays.