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About the StoryThe dazzle of the theatre: the footlights, the bows, the adoring crowd! It's your job, as a tech crew member, to make sure that the actors and, especially, the actresses, get enough of that. Not for you the ten-minute standing ovation; your lot is to deal with pushy stage managers, issues with the fly tower, and a bartender who, no matter what, flat-out refuses to give you free drinks. Even when you could really use one. Especially when you could really use one...
Maybe, just maybe, this could be your ticket to the big time. You could single-handedly get the production back on its feet, win the praise and adulation of all, and, possibly, even aid a damsel in distress. Alternatively, you could do your job quietly, stay out of peoples' way, and have no reward but the quiet smugness of an underrated worker. Fame, glory, and a trek in search of rope await!
46th Place - 22nd Annual Interactive Fiction Competition (2016)
The Breakfast Review
"Theatre People" is a fairly simple game about negotiating backstage theatre politics to get the show on the road. By "simple", I mean that the design and implementation is functional and workmanlike, with very few pyrotechnics thrown in. Really, there's just the one "quest", to fix the curtain so it will actually go up. Kind of apropos, if you think about it. There is also a side quest involving the lead actress, which is optional.
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This game is mostly about fixing the curtain so the stage can go up. It does a good job of characterizing the different individuals involved.
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