Ah, let’s see:
The Glass Menagerie - Small table full of (plexi)glass figures. Actor bumps the table so it lads on its side. Figurines are still on the table, now parallel to the floor, having been glued there.
Twelfth Night - outdoor production, themed in the Caribbean (very bright tropical colors, reggae music, the whole nine yards). Scene where Feste, Andrew and Toby enter, prior to the baiting of Malvolio, all three well inebriated. On this particular performance, three cop cars, a fire truck, a rescue truck, and an ambulance go screaming down the street right in front of the venue. Not all at once, just spaced far enough apart and loud enough so that no actor could get through a single line without being interrupted. So they all just sat there with that drunk and dumbfounded open-mouthed look, all three just following each vehicle as it passed, like watching a one-sided tennis game in slow motion.
Maria, on her entrance, modified her line to something about them being so drunk and disorderly, that the neighbors had alerted the constable.
Twelfth Night - same production, closing night:
One of the Duke’s henchmen breaks his set of maracas during a serenade to Olivia, sending beads all over the stage.
Toby breaks open a prop bottle of asprin, sending asprin all over the set.
Maria accidentally flashes Andrew while adjusting her peasant shirt.
Malvolio slams a door, causing the decorative cap over the door to crash onto the stage.
Feste breaks a guitar string onstage.
And that was just the first act.
The Hunchback of Notre Dame - stage show at MGM Studios, Walt Disney World
(former)Roommate whispers to me that Esmerelda wasn’t lookiing too good; says she looked pale and sweaty during her initial dance number. Sure enough, during the scene where Quasimoto takes her back to his place with the gargoyles, she turns to him and says, “Quasimoto, I’ll be right back.” and walks offstage. As she walks off, there is the sound of heavy breathing over the sound system, and the unmistakable sound of retching. Immediately the sound system goes dead. Quasi and the gargoyles look at each other for about 30 seconds, then walk off stage. A few moments later, the stage manager walks onstage and announces that ‘due to unforeseen circumstances, we will have to cancel this performance’ and invited us to a show later that day.
Funny though, it wasn’t too long after that that Disney scrapped the entire production.
The Taming of the Shrew - set in the 1870s southwest.
The three part set is on a very large turntable. The techs turned the turntable a wee bit too far, so that one half of Petruchio’s hovel and the cast were now backstage. Actors decide to start the scene, talking to people who could not be seen. A couple minutes into the scene, someone finally shifts the turntable to its proper position, taking a few of the actors by surprise. One looks at anouther, says “Earthquake”, and continues the scene. Half the cast and all of the audience lost it.