The way the game works is you get 4-5 people onstage with one conductor. The "gripers" line up forming a straight line across the face of the audience and assume an opera position, hands clasping each other and held at the midsection. The audience then assigns each member something to complain about; traffic, dirty laundry, receding hairlines, republicans, etc. One each member of the group has a complaint, the conductor takes a seat in front of them and begins to conduct them.
- Don't speak unless you are pointed at
- You must speak the entire time you are pointed at
- The Conductor will make you speak louder and softer by raising or lower a pointed hand
- When the conductor wants you to stop, they will either stop pointing at you or sweep with their hand
- If the conductor wants you to join in, they can wave at you to join.
- Waving the hand from side to side means to deliver the gripe "sing-songy"
- Jabbing the air with a pointed hand means to PUNCH! EVERY! WORD!
Good warm-ups: Hot Spot. Get you used to speaking and continuing to speak until you get tagged out
- Don't just pause - If you are in the middle of a sentence and the conductor stops pointing at you, don't just continue where you left off if they don't come back to you for a while. Move on to the next part of your gripe next time you get pointed at.
- Watch the conductor - He/She is going to try to get you to do some funny stuff, so keep an eye on them.
- Start Neutral - Don't be too quiet or too big in the beginning, allow the conductor to build the tension.
- Just talk - You really don't even have to make sense, just stay on topic and keep talking.