Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Term of the Day: to trick out

to trick out--to customize for ease of use, especially a prop case, when storing awkwardly sized props. Also, to build a manual effect..."In 'Victor/Victoria,' the bar shelves were tricked out so they collapsed during the fight scene, and the bottles appeared to fall to the ground."

Monday, November 2, 2015

Term of the Day: dry waterboarding

dry waterboarding--an incredibly boring job, where there is not enough work to keep busy. Several years ago, we were standing around at the 69th Street Armory, trying to look busy. In the prop department, we would run out of work often, for we had to wait for the props to arrive from England for the big Shakespeare festival. As we kept sweeping and re-sweeping the already clean parade floor, an old timer said, "This is like dry waterboarding."

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Term of the Day: to doop

to doop someome--a small bribe or tribute to grease the wheels. "I dooped the elevator man a twenty so we had express service while loading in at 890 Broadway." See also: baksheesh.

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Term of the Day: "If you can't fix it with gaff tape, it can't be fixed."

"If you can't fix it with gaff tape, it can't be fixed"--Gaff tape is the miracle material that holds the stage business together.

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Term of the Moment: winging it

winging it--to repair something without the right materials, to improvise a solution. The original roots may be that "winging it" meant someone was feeding lines to an onstage actor from the wings.

Term of the Day: A Big-Ass Broadway Show

Big-Ass Broadway Show--a hit. The same character actor on the long-running show says, when you ask him how he's doing, "I'm on a big-ass Broadway show, what could be better?"

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Obscene Term of the Day: "It's My Turn in the Barrel"

"It's My Turn in the Barrel"--It is my turn to do an unpleasant task. Could also be "It's your turn in the barrel." It comes from an obscene, homoerotic myth about how Navy men dealt with their sexual urges on long voyages. Ask your Navy veteran uncle to explain it, for I won't.