Monday, December 11, 2017

Term of the Day: show widow, show widower

show widow, show widower--wife, husband or partner of an actor or stagehand working on a Broadway production.

Term of the Day: "Do you want a gold star?"

"Do you want a gold star?"-- sarcastic line when a stagehand is boasting of a repair he or she made, or how great a project turned out. Or: "I am out of gold stars."

Term of the Day: "somebody needs a hug"

"somebody needs a hug"-- sarcastic line to use when somebody is complaining vehemently. It can break the mood.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Overheard Stagehand Line #28: "I liked the guy, but I had to fire him..."

"I liked the guy, but I had to fire him.  Sometimes you've just got to put a rabid dog down."

Term of the Day: carry it surfboard style

carry it surfboard style-- when carrying a long, rectangular item that is narrow, like a dressing room counter, it is sometimes helps for two stagehands to carry it surfboard style.

Famous Stagehands in History #2: Barrymore Theatre Carpenter, 1949

In 1949, Marlon Brando was the toast of Broadway in Tennessee Williams' "A Streetcar Named Desire" at the Barrymore Theatre. Now Brando fancied himself a boxer. The head carpenter of the Barrymore, whose name I have not found, really was a boxer. The men would spar in the boiler room at the Barrymore, and finally the carpenter broke Brando's nose, damaging his pretty-boy looks. Brando did not have his nose repaired. This story was in his memoir "Songs My Mother Taught Me."

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Stagehands I Have Known #2: The Man from Paco Rabonne

The Man from Paco Rabonne--mean old carpenter who wore too much cheap cologne. Now retired.