To truly succeed now, a thing, or “brand” — however the hell you commodify an entertainment property (or entertainer) — should find a way to infiltrate all avenues of popular culture. See, for instance, I Can Has Cheezburger: The MusicLOL — a meme-cum-website-cum-book-cum-IRL stage show. There will be following one assumes, what, a documentary and LOLcats on ice? Because why not and sure go ahead please do!
So then, what else might make for a good night of theater? Ephemerist has lazily perused the internet to randomly select which other blogs, memes or fads could jump beyond the web (and the book table at Urban Outfitters) and onto the stage. Here’s how they might play out, and how viable they are on a scale of 1 to 10:
Stuff White People Like: In this musical, a cast of fetching and disaffected 20-somethings belt out their cultural touchstones (with irony in place) to a score by the band Arcade Fire. Zooey Deschanel to star.
Postcards From Yo Momma: Much theatrical material has been mined utilizing the epistolary form. In this episodic theater piece — much like The Vagina Monologues — a rotating ensemble of actresses share monologues of maternal wit and wisdom, however sometimes misguided, with the audience. Swoosie Kurtz, Olympia Dukakis, Lauren Graham, Christine Ebersole and Ana Gasteyer comprise the first cast.
Hot Chicks with Douchebags: Tina, Trixie and Tara are, like, totally BFF. But when they rent a house “down the shore” the summer after they graduate college, these Jersey girls’ friendship will be tested as they invariably hook-up with the wrong guys on the search for Mr. Right. What they find, of course, is that an overly-tanned, hair-gelled, vaguely homosexual gym rat will never break the bonds of sisterhood. The show utilizes the songs of Bon Jovi.
Keyboard Cat: In this experimental, multimedia show, Keyboard Cat is interspliced into climactic scenes from the best known works of the theatrical canon: Hedda Gabler fingering a pistol in her drawing room? Play her off, Keyboard Cat. Linda Loman’s made the last payment on her house? She’s free? Play her off, Keyboard Cat. Oedipus, bereft after finding out he’s killed his father and his mother-slash-wife has committed suicide, just gouged out his eyes? Play him off…well, you get it.
Twitter: In this improvisatory, free-form show, audience members tweet lines of dialogue, which the actors onstage then incorporate to make up the scene “in real time.”
What else then? PedoBear as a touring children’s show? Perhaps in a guerrilla theater stunt an actor dressed as Rick Astley will rush the stage of various Broadway shows to sing “Never Gonna Give You Up” to the shock of the audience? A Charlie the Unicorn puppet show? The mind fairly reels.