Wednesday, April 1, 2009


So, apparently my one-act isn't funny. A friend of mine saw about ten minutes of it today and judged it based on that, saying it isn't funny. I think it's funny, although I do agree more could be done with it. He would have said it was funny if he had seen the part where they run across the bed. But I am actually starting to have a minor panic attack. It's too late in the game for me to be realizing now that there's a possibility that my comedy isn't funny. I'm starting to freak out a little bit. I'm in the process of going through the entire script and making notes about things that could be added or changed to make it bigger, funnier, more exaggerated. Maybe choosing a comedy was a bad idea... Or maybe I just need to realize that it's not necessarily the finish product that matters, although I do want to put forth a wonderful play. This class (Directing a One-Act Play) is about me learning and growing as a director. But I'm still scared.


  1. Talk to Julie about it. I remember her telling stories about when she directed Arsenic and Old Lace, that at one point it just wasn't a comedy anymore. Once she realized that she was able to turn some things around. So I would talk to her, maybe she has some advice. :)

  2. Well, Neil Simon isn't always rip-roaring funny - he's frequently more subtle, maybe more ironic than flat-out comedic. IMDB lists the genre as comedy/drama. Maybe you should just let the material be what it is.