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Frank Longo
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"Frank Longo does David Mamet's Oleanna in Durham, NC this weekend."


  

          

So this is the first time I've been "hired" to direct a show. The old folks in the Theater Department at Duke were looking for a distinction project for a friend of mine, who's a senior. Oleanna was something that intrigued him, and he'd talked it over with me. However, the production would need a good director for the committee to approve it. I'd directed this young man in two shows during my time at Duke, and have gotten very good work out of him. When he found out I'd be in town, we agreed that I could direct this show, but that I'd need to get something out of it. Long story short, the department agreed, and I'm sitting on a nice director's check. Booyah!

It's in a really small black box, about 75-80 seats staged in the round. But it's very interesting-- unlike any Oleanna you've ever seen or your money back. Admission is free to the show, which is this Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 8 PM, and Sunday at 2 PM in Brody Theater at Duke University. You can inbox me if you'd like more specific directions.

If any of y'all are in the Triangle area, it'd be awesome if you came, met your beloved moderator, and enjoyed some really challenging and thought-provoking theater. I know most of you aren't around, lol. But I figured what the hell.

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Subject Author Message Date ID
Good shit nm
Jan 20th 2009
1
congrats and break a leg
Jan 20th 2009
2
I might come.
Jan 20th 2009
3
The Duke Old Boy Network coming in handy?
Jan 20th 2009
4
Rarely in the world of arts, but I can't complain.
Jan 20th 2009
5
Might float it by wifey and see if she's interested
Jan 21st 2009
6
I think we're going sometime this weekend. n/m
Jan 22nd 2009
13
congrats.
Jan 21st 2009
7
Fuck me, Frank. This is fucking great news.
Jan 21st 2009
8
Congrats...btw...you're not in Columbus anymore?
Jan 21st 2009
9
Best of luck to you, I hope the production goes flawlessly....
Jan 21st 2009
10
EARLY REVIEWS COME IN:
Jan 21st 2009
11
wow, that's cool, congrats!
Jan 22nd 2009
12
I'm coming on Friday...
Jan 22nd 2009
14
congrats on the show
Jan 22nd 2009
15
break legs, bro.
Jan 23rd 2009
16
Congrats!
Jan 23rd 2009
17
This was very, very good....
Jan 24th 2009
18
Who else saw it?
Jan 24th 2009
19
It's over.
Jan 25th 2009
20
What happened the first night?
Jan 25th 2009
21

ZooTown74
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Tue Jan-20-09 05:37 PM

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1. "Good shit nm"
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buckshot defunct
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Tue Jan-20-09 07:10 PM

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2. "congrats and break a leg"
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Tue Jan-20-09 07:10 PM by buckshot defunct

  

          

Or at least direct your cast in a manner that causes their legs to break... I dunno how it works exactly for directors.

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inpulse
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Tue Jan-20-09 09:06 PM

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3. "I might come."
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I don't think we have ever spoken on here before, but sounds cool enough. I like Mamet and I like the admission charge.

  

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CliffDogg
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Tue Jan-20-09 10:30 PM

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4. "The Duke Old Boy Network coming in handy?"
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Frank Longo
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Tue Jan-20-09 11:59 PM

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5. "Rarely in the world of arts, but I can't complain."
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My movies: http://russellhainline.com
My movie reviews: https://letterboxd.com/RussellHFilm/
My beer TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@thebeertravelguide

  

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McDeezNuts
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Wed Jan-21-09 11:11 AM

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6. "Might float it by wifey and see if she's interested"
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She's a Duke grad so seeing a show on campus will probably appeal to her.

  

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McDeezNuts
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Thu Jan-22-09 12:55 PM

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13. "I think we're going sometime this weekend. n/m"
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Basaglia
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Wed Jan-21-09 12:02 PM

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7. "congrats."
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bignick
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Wed Jan-21-09 03:05 PM

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8. "Fuck me, Frank. This is fucking great news."
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Fuck.

  

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guru0509
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9. "Congrats...btw...you're not in Columbus anymore?"
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you finish grad school already?

good shit.
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Castro
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Wed Jan-21-09 06:11 PM

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10. "Best of luck to you, I hope the production goes flawlessly...."
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Frank Longo
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Wed Jan-21-09 11:43 PM

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11. "EARLY REVIEWS COME IN:"
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(I'll leave the names off so that this doesn't come up on Google for these guys, lol)

An award-winning director and owner of the best local theater group: "The best production of Oleanna out of the many I've seen... a focused, mature work."

An acclaimed playwright who is teaching at the university: "The best production of Oleanna I've seen, and I saw the original."

We open tomorrow. I'm pretty pleased some of the important local artists responded so strongly to it.

My movies: http://russellhainline.com
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Thu Jan-22-09 10:42 AM

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12. "wow, that's cool, congrats!"
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rorschach
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Thu Jan-22-09 06:22 PM

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14. "I'm coming on Friday..."
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I've been trying to actually see a Mamet play for a while. My only experience with him are his films.

  

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dunk
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Thu Jan-22-09 08:35 PM

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15. "congrats on the show"
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you'll do well

  

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iagoali
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16. "break legs, bro."
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would be there if i could.

  

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Pamalama
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Fri Jan-23-09 05:48 PM

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17. "Congrats!"
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rorschach
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Sat Jan-24-09 01:07 AM

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18. "This was very, very good...."
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Just got back from seeing it...

For it to only be two people, both actors kept everything moving. There definitely weren't any dead spots.

And, like I told Frank, both actors were on point, but that girl....she was pretty good because she balanced her whole role really well. She definitely wasn't one note at all.

I gotta see the movie version now so I can see how much was different.

  

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rorschach
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Sat Jan-24-09 07:35 PM

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19. "Who else saw it?"
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Just wondering.
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Frank Longo
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20. "It's over."
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Opening night was a little rough (a tech snafu here and there), but the final three shows went exactly as planned. I couldn't be prouder of my cast or happier with the final results.

Thanks to Rorschach and anyone else who came but didn't meet me... I appreciate it very much.

My movies: http://russellhainline.com
My movie reviews: https://letterboxd.com/RussellHFilm/
My beer TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@thebeertravelguide

  

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rorschach
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21. "What happened the first night?"
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I forgot to ask you that when you mentioned it.

  

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