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Stop the Show! A History of Insane Incidents and Absurd Accidents in the Theater Paperback – September 5, 2006
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Among the outrageous and mind-boggling events during live performances:
Richard Burton, after an afternoon of drinking with his brothers, accidentally urinates through his tights while swordfighting Michael Redgrave at Stratford-upon-Avon.
The Second City Toronto member who took LSD for the first time feels its effects hours later...in the middle of a comedy sketch, posing as a taxi cab driver.
A homeless woman climbs onstage during a production of Cats on Broadway, rubs up against stunned, costumed performers and begins singing off-key.
In London's intimate Bush Theatre, an actor finds himself onstage with a petrified burglar who sneaked inside the building to rob it, not knowing it was a theatre.
An April Fool's Day announcement in a Broadway theatre, claiming that Glenn Close, Richard Dreyfus and Gene Hackman all have understudies going on for them creates a mass exodus from the theatre before the audience can learn it's a joke.
"Mr. Schreiber's book of anecdotes should be deposited in every dressing room both on and off Broadway." -Eric Bogosian
Brad Schreiber's STOP THE SHOW is a fun filled tome... A surprise on every page... Wonderful insights about the insanity and confusion that takes place backstage on stages around the world... failed entrances, forgotten exits, fights, improvised lines, accidents, costume failures, practical Jokes and hundreds of backstage blunders.
This is a well researched assortment of theater scuttlebutt. Chuckles and guffaws abound as Schreiber opens the backstage doors to let us see all the fascinating, funny and hilarious collection of theatrical disasters and calamities.
Ever friend who loves theatre should receive a copy. I'm looking forward to the sequel!
I absolutely loved this book and am buying some copies for friends. If you're an actor, playwright, director or a dyed-in-the-wool theater fan, you'll really enjoy this book. Brad Schreiber's collected some of the best backstage (and audience) stories ever heard. I can't recommend this more highly and can't wait for the next installation. I want more!
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This was given as a get well present - the patient is a Broadway Show fan; so this was perfect and she was delightedPublished 10 months ago by J. S. K.
Anecdotes & stories about what can go wrong in legitimate theatre is okay, but it gets dull at times.Published 12 months ago by voracious reader
Hilarious. Perfect for my son, who is a theater wonk, and reads the stories aloud to us. A good antidote to perfectionism, to thinking you have to do everything right every time. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Patrick McCormack
I bought this book as a Christmas Gift for my dad. He absolutely loves the stories and said it is a "fun read and a quirky little book about the theatre. Read morePublished on January 28, 2014 by Marissa K
I couldn't have loved this more. I purchased this book for a friend and she feel in love with it. It was just perfect full of true story that held my friends attention for days.Published on January 22, 2013 by Caitlyn Barnes
The paperback copy of "Stop the Show!" arrived on time and in excellent condition as the seller promised it would. It was purchased as a gift, and was an instant hit. Read morePublished on June 28, 2009 by Laurel Jones