Description of A Mime Show 2004
Opening: 50's gangster-like setting. Complete with cheesy dance number!
Conjoined Love: Conjoined twins (one male, one female). The female twin asks a guy on a date. The twins get a surprise about the date's "preferences".
Bomb Pops: Really, just guess. But, really, children with explosives and mimes make good humor (no pun intended, seriously).
Rewind: Didn't like this one a whole lot. It's like, what happened in some place, but backward. I think.
Barbie Girl: Girl knocks over evil witch mime. Then comes a curse involving a life size Barbie doll. Very nice ending.
A Progressive Mime (Pt. 1): All the mimes stand out and stare at the audience. Two of them collapse. Blackout.
Muffins: Eight muffins are sitting in an oven. One says to the other, "It's quite hot in here, chap," and the other says, "Wow! A talking muffin!"
Fancy Life: Serious skit involving a poor family, and I think maybe a prostitute. Really.
Fallopian Warrior: Really...just, no. I'm not going to describe this one. But it was pretty good.
"I Wish It Would Stop" Quickies: Four short skits involving "I wish it would stop" scenarios. The title well explains my feelings.
Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus: "World's Worst" like situation with a date and a careless guy, another bad situation with a ditzy girl, and then the "Earth" situation...which I'm not going to get into detail about.
Joke's On You: They spoke in this one. Went something like this:
Guy: Well, I'm dumping you!
Girl: Oh yeah? I cheated on you! Twice!
(Audience laughs and gasps. Someone yells out "You go girl!")
Guy: Well, you've got legs harrier than mine!
(The audience laughs harder. No one yells out "You go girl!")
Girl: Oh yeah? Well...
(Thanks to a properly timed blackout, it appears as if the girl is yanking off a mask. After the blackout, one of the male mimes appear.)
Girl?: ...I'm a man!
A Progressive Mime (Pt. 2): More mimes fall down. The audience applauds very loudly.
Pinky Seizures: For some reason, while the audience read out loud the title from an easel for this one, everyone said "Brain Freeze", this being the title of the next skit. Mass confusion in the audience. Anyway, the skit. The title explains it all.
Brain Freeze: "It'd be great if the audience yelled out 'Pinky Seizures' for this one," I said to Yes Maybe, who sat next to me. Short skit, girl somehow freezes time and messes with two of the bystanders.
Drowned Memory: A serious one. I'm not totally sure what happened, but I think a little kid drowned, and the sister character killed herself thinking about it.
The Giving Tree: Not sure what this one was about. But the audience loved it.
Mimeories: These were skits previously written and done by the mimes.
1. Worst Occupation for Narcolpetics Quickies: Short skits about bad occupations for narcoleptics. I'd seen it before, not as good as the first time.
2. All By Myself: The trials and tribulations of a little girl and her fish. Still great.
At this point, on the easel where the titles were usually placed, the person in charge of the titles, appeared to be "making out" (seriously) with the easel. Someone in the audience yelled out his name. He left. A strange skit involving chess followed. Kind of out of place.
Ventrilofartist: Any skit with the word "fart" in the title has to be funny. This was no exception.
A Progressive Mime (Part 3): All mimes but one fall down. Hint: the reason they were all falling? Not only does it describe a mime ninja, but also something appearing in the above skit.
Harold!: I could easily describe this, but I'd rather not. One of those "you'd have to be there" skits.
Accidentally Psychic: This one had a great method of acting out psychic "flash-forwards" appearing in the psychic's head.
P.S.A: When the audience read this one out loud, instead of reading it as three individual letters, I read it as one word ("Pshaa!"). This was a plug for people to join mimes. The following signs were shown: "This is your mime. This is your mime on drugs. Don't do drugs! Do mimes!"
The audience loved this.
Storybook: These skits are always good. The mimes all act out a story they make up. It always involves speaking. It's usually based on inside jokes and trends around the school. This year's theme was based on the movie Napoleon Dynamite. Throughout the skit, an insane Parent Council-ish person proceeded to attack the characters onstage whenever they did things not allowed in school (such as using cell phones). She wore a tutu.
At the end, the moral of the Storybook was presented.
"The moral of the story is..." said the narrator. The lights blacked out.
Onstage, at this point, all of the mimes held up their illuminated cell phones. The audience cheered so loudly that a deaf man's ears could start ringing.
Then, one by one, audience members started taking out their cell phones, to hold them up in the air. A sea of cell phones could have probably been seen from the stage.
This was all very surreal. Very memorable, too.
Then there was the closing. Nothing too special.
Overall, as Yes Maybe put it, "It was kind of weak." It probably wasn't the best mime show I'd ever seen (that I've not been involved in, those shows are either slightly above or below this one), but it was worth the ticket price...which was donation.