By Tom Mackan
Published July 26, 2009
Created and Performed by Todd Van Allen
Well. Theatre, it has been said (by me, at least) is life in a setting. Life in 2009 can be lived without a computer and the internet, but that's a minority (probably the two people who left last night's audience). For the majority it should come as no surprise that a setting made up of a laptop, an enlarged screen representation of that very laptop's desktop, and a guy working it all from that same very laptop is surely theatre. Life has all kinds of settings available in the theatre world.
Twitter is a website that lets millions of computer users connect in 140-word episodes at a time. If you like, take a break for a minute and Google the Twitter entry on Wikipedia. Get to the section about "the fail whale". That will save us some time in the long run.
So. A bit of background music and a serviceable lighting design; a guy comes out and acknowledges the polite applause, then goes to the laptop and brings up a Twitter website on the big screen provided. He and the rest of us (the ones who didn't leave early on) are now connected to the world wide web.
For most of the next hour we have one of the most intimate mind and word-sharing experiences ever, and get this, with the whole wide web world at the ready to take part.
Todd Van Allen is a genius wit in the 140-word category - the world's first silent stand-up. And we're not bad ourselves, as we take a really lively part in it all, surprising ourselves with our own quickness of mind. We laughed a lot, and loved it all very much.
You can catch this show again at 9 pm tonight (Sunday 26 July) at Pepper Jack. Do it.
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