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Facebooking for the Future

So I’ve joined Facebook, and have been marveling at the array of theater-related quizzes. To those non-Facebooking readers, the quizzes are designed to spread among Facebook members by having you ask your friends to take them. Your results are displayed on your Facebook page and everyone learns you are more like Galinda from Wicked than Roxie from Chicago, which was not at all what you intended. 

Anyway, in case you’re wondering, I’m like Sunday in the Park with George on the “Which Sondheim Musical Are You?” quiz, I’m an “all-Around Theater Kid” on the “What Type of Theater Kid Are You?” quiz, and in the “Which High School Musical Character Are You? quiz, I’m Ryan, which, if I’m being honest with myself, I probably already knew. 

Ryan pic

I interviewed Whit MacLaughlin of New Paradise Labs the other day and he was emphatic about the effect Facebooking has had on publicizing their new production, Prom, and it seems like pretty much every theater company in town is trying to collect fans and have member pages list their event. I love to see theater hitting the 21st century in this way, as it shows the vibrancy of our aged discipline and defies the greying stereotype.

Perhaps I’ll develop a “Which Inquirer Critic Are You?” app. where you can find out if you’re a Toby, a Howie, or a Wendy (I’d love to post a link here, but sadly, the Inquirer still hasn’t managed to put up a page for me). 

Sample Question: You’re at the Fringe Festival reviewing a new interactive performance piece and one of the actors calls you onstage to participate.

Do you

 

  1. Tell them to go to hell. After all, you’re not there for their entertainment, it’s the other way around.
  2. Smile and politely decline. After all, it’s their show.
  3. Go on up and attempt to upstage the performers. After all, you’re not gonna let a little thing like professionalism get in the way of your need for attention. 

I’ll let you figure out the results.

 

Feel free to chime in with your own quiz questions. Who knows, maybe they’ll turn up on Facebook.

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