Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Overheard Stagehand Line #23: "That tech would kick me down the stairs..."

"That tech would kick me down the stairs with a smile on his face."

Term of the Night: "I'm new to this picnic"

"I'm new to this picnic"--I haven't worked on this project yet, clue me in on what I have to do.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Term of the Day: schmata

schmata--drape, cover (Yiddish)..."Throw the schmata over the table."

Term of the Day: Screw me once, shame on you...

Screw me once, shame on you. Screw me twice, shame on me-- when dealing with dishonest people (some techs, certain bosses), it is important not to get screwed twice. The second time is your own fault.

Term of the Day: Phantom lift

Phantom lift: When a stagehand is pretending too vigorously to lift a heavy piece of scenery and is letting others do the real work. See also: soft hands

Term of the Day: plain dealer

plain dealer--frank, honest person, straight shooter.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Historical Place of the Day: Polish Tea Room

Polish Tea Room--Edison Cafe, closed by the greedy landlords of the Edison Hotel at the end of 2014. Famous for its mixed clientele, including stagehands, producers and playwrights. Neil Simon used to eat there. Its matzah ball soup was famous. The name is a takeoff on the hoity-toity Russian Tea Room.