Uh, what?

I’m looking forward to seeing The Pillowman this Friday night at Studio, and while I had by no means forgotten that my season tix were for that night I certainly appreciate the helpfulness of Studio sending out a message reminding me. “Dear Patron, This is your courtesy reminder that on Friday, March 23, 2007 at 8:00pm you are scheduled to attend: THE PILLOWMAN.”

A nice little feature, but as I am quickly skimming down the mail I see this next-to-last paragraph.

Please Be Advised that this production of THE PILLOWMAN contains the use of strobe lighting, haze effects and smoking of non tobacco products on stage.

Uh…. huh? Not that I actually think you’re going to spark a doob, dude, but what the hell does that mean? Is this a content warning a la “sexual situations and simulated drug use” or that there’s going to be a smoke machine running? Fake tobacco? Juggling of flaming torches? Self-immolating buddhist monk?

5 Comments so far

  1. Ian (unregistered) on March 21st, 2007 @ 4:47 pm

    The strobes can set of an epileptic fit so they have to tell people in advance if they are using them. Not sure what the non tobacco products is about. I bet it is not the illegal kind


  2. Ian (unregistered) on March 21st, 2007 @ 4:48 pm

    The strobes can set of an epileptic fit so they have to tell people in advance if they are using them. Not sure what the non tobacco products is about. I bet it is not the illegal kind


  3. Ingen Angiven (unregistered) on March 21st, 2007 @ 10:09 pm

    Traditionally in theater if an actor doesn’t want to smoke tobacco for some reason s/he will be given cloves (or clove cigarettes or kretek). I don’t really know why they bother making this substitution, some actors find it easier to deal with.

    It’s also general policy in theater to give warnings when you’re doing anything out of the ordinary that might impact the audience directly in a way they’re not anticipating. Flashing lights, loud noises, strange odors or smokes…

    You just don’t want to get sued by someone allergic to smoke who will claim they weren’t properly warned. It’s not a bad policy, but it does occasionally ruin a good surprise.


  4. Mik (unregistered) on March 22nd, 2007 @ 9:09 am

    I wish my doctor’s office would do that…


  5. Kate D (unregistered) on March 22nd, 2007 @ 11:44 am

    “Pillowman” rocked.

    The “non tobacco products” are plain ol’ fake cigarettes. And, I gotta say, I quite appreciated that when I saw the show.

    While I love the proximity to the stage in Studio’s spaces, it can mean an Odorama experience. The Irish Spring during the showers of “Take Me Out” and hamburgers during “This Is How It Goes” were fine, but I’d rather not sit through cigarettes.

    If you’re going to “Pillowman,” be sure to also check out “Nightmares and Pillow Tales,” a reader’s theatre companion piece. It’s the next two weekends, Sat. & Sun. at 5:00 for a mere $5.



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