Gam3rCon presents Dr. Horrible’s Sing Along Blog Live and Gam3rs: the Play

The expressions on our faces as my wine glass knocks from my hand and into the cement rooftop…followed by a frozen moment of stillness. One of the stars of the show Dr. Horrible, himself, was slightly within the splash zone, but I am treated by applause from our conversation group. Had Nathan Turner (Dr. Horrible) been in character, I would have been subjected to the barrel of his freeze ray but luckily for me, I get to live another day at the laundromat.

NerdReactor.com was invited by Gam3rCon to check out Gam3rs: The Play and Chinese Pirate Productions’ Dr. Horrible’s Sing Along Blog LIVE. These productions are catered to the Comic-Con crowd as the performance times directly overlap the time-frame that San Diego becomes the Nerd Mecca of the world. The 10th Ave Theatre is a short hop, skip, and jump from the San Diego Convention Center, but take note as it is also the location of Gam3rCon which provides gamers a retreat from Comic-Con congestion and a focus on gaming and good ol’ fashioned theatrical entertainment.

Gam3rs: The Play. Steve portrayed by Brian Bielawski.

Gam3rs: The Play could in fact be the longest that a single person can keep me entertained. In my mind I thought this could be a gamer’s Vagina Monologues, key word here…”monologue.” Why yes, a single person will take on the stage and remain there for the duration of the entire 45 minute performance. Albeit unbelievable, Brian Bielawski (Steve) was able to bring the single-set stage to life with clever dialogue designed to stimulate the mind’s imagination. Many would be able to relate to <Insert Boss Here> and <Insert Annoying Cubicle Neighbor Here>, since Gam3rs: The Play pretty much left these roles to the audience’s mind.

The main and only character of Gam3rs: The Play is Steve (Brian Bielawski), an MMORPG (think World of Warcraft) obsessed college dropout whom should be attending to his day job of Tech Support, but is otherwise occupied in the fantasy world of elves, orcs, and raids. Steve is forced to juggle these all at once in addition to a few other surprises.

Brian Bielawski gave the audience a performance that could only be delivered by a schizophrenic. The fast paced nature of the play was amusing to follow, but one can only imagine how to not get the wires crossed. When asked of his inspiration for the role, Steve mentioned his family of gamers back in Illinois. He may have been the least intense gamer of bunch, but that did not keep him from dropping “Frost Novas” and LARPing like one. The next you sign on to World of Warcraft, Brian, I have a guild invite waiting for you.

Dr. Horrible's dreaded freeze ray.

In a twist of pace (mostly cast-wise), the 10th Ave Theatre will also host Chinese Pirate Production’s Dr. Horrible’s Sing Along Blog LIVE during the same Comic-Con time frame. Dr. Horrible’s Sing Along Blog LIVE is a fan adaptation of the popular Josh Whedon creation Dr. Horrible’s Sing Along Blog. For those not familiar, the original 3-part online musical stars Neil Patrick Harris (Doogie Howser MD), Nathan Fillion (Firefly), and Felicia Day (The Guild). Executive Producer/Director Andy Lowe‘s live theatrical adaptation stars Nathan Turner (Dr. Horrible), Michael Minto (Captain Hammer), and Jane Lui (Penny).

While speaking to Musical Director Brian Hammond and Star/Singer Jane Lui, we were told that most of the music did not have an official score, so much of it had to be created from scratch. The live musical score that we experienced attested to the success of their process. It was a feeling akin to hearing the orchestra at Pantages, but downsize that number to four members and up the intimacy by tenfold. The audience was also treated to the combined harmonized vocals of Nathan Turner and Jane Lui in what I can only describe as “Rich and Creamy”.

Dr. Horrible’s Sing Along Blog LIVE can attribute much of its fluidity to its superb choreography arranged by Karen Li, self-professed nerd (according to her Dancing with the Stars performance). In a brief interaction with Karen, we found out more about her passion and involvement with dance as Assistance Coach of the UC San Diego DanceSport Team. Of course this was followed by tribal worship to the SunGod who makes his home in La Jolla. If you’re unfamiliar give it a Google and you’ll see that much of the cast hails from one of the six colleges at UC San Diego.

Dr. Horrible’s Sing Along Blog LIVE is a gem in the art of small theatre. There is no doubt that this small production could translate well to larger theatre. When the nerds converge in San Diego, be sure to check out the 10th Ave Theatre for Dr. Horrible’s Sing Along Blog LIVE and Gam3rCon.

Dr. Horrible's Sing Along Blog LIVE curtain call.

 

Showtimes:

Gam3rs: The Play

  • Tuesday 7/19 – 8pm
  • Wednesday 7/20 – 6pm
  • Thursday 7/21 – 8pm
  • Friday 7/22 – 6pm / 10pm
  • Saturday 7/23 – 2pm / 8pm
  • Sunday 7/24 – 6pm

Dr. Horrible’s Sing Along Blog LIVE

  • Tuesday 7/19 – 6pm
  • Wednesday 7/20 – 8pm
  • Thursday 7/21 – 6pm / 10pm
  • Friday 7/22 – 4pm / 8pm
  • Saturday 7/23 – 4pm / 6pm
  • Sunday 7/24 – 4pm / 8pm
  • Friday 7/29 – 8pm / 10pm
  • Saturday 7/30 – 2pm / 8pm

LINKS:

Dr. Horrible’s Sing Along Blog LIVE – http://iwanttosingalong.com

Gam3rs: The Play – http://gam3rsthewebsite.com/Home1.html

Gam3rCon – http://www.gam3rcon.com/

Please be sure to check out Jane Lui’s new album Goodnight Company – http://www.janelui.com/

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JR Cajigas is a foodie by day and...foodie by night. In between meals he is a tech writer and photographer. Yummers!