April 17, 2007

Prop Master’s Nightmare — The Rubik’s Cube

I call this: theatre — Posted by KP @ 7:01 pm

So my show has a Rubik’s Cube in it. And it needs to be solvable on stage by the actor in just a few turns. How exactly this is going to be set up so it works every night, we haven’t quite figured out yet. My instinct is to let the actor take it home and play with it, and figure out what works best for him. There’s been some concern about the possibility of the Rubik’s Cube getting hopelessly mixed up, but I assured everyone that in the unlikely event something happened to it, there are sites on the internet that show you the moves necessary to solve it. No big deal.

So today… the Cube wasn’t needed in rehearsal, so it sat on the stage management desk the entire day, and to stay sane while being on-book, I began spinning the cube, always in one direction, unless I was looking right at it, at which point I would spin it once the other way, and then quickly restore it.

After four hours of safe operation, I started to get a little too daring, and you can guess what happened. Long story short, if you need to solve a Rubik’s Cube, this site is the best I found for simple instructions and illustrations. But I will never get back the last two hours of my life, and I leave you with this bit of wisdom: the easiest way to solve a Rubik’s Cube is not to mess with it in the first place!