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WATCH: Meet Ma-Yi Theater Company
By MARK BLANKENSHIP
Monday, April 04, 2016  •   Acting  •    0 comments Share This
Mon Apr 4, 2016  •   Acting  •    0 comments Share This
Meet Ma-Yi Theater Company, where Asian-American writers tell every kind of story. This film features artistic director Ralph B. Pena, as well as Jorge Z. Ortoll, A. Rey Pamatmat, Ching Valdes-Aran, and Etan Merrick. This film was produced and directed by Mark Blankenship, TDF's Associate Director of Online Presence. It was shot and edited by Nicholas...
He's the Bawdiest Cleopatra of the Century
By MARTHA WADE STEKETEE
Wednesday, March 30, 2016  •   Acting  •    0 comments Share This
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Charles Busch brings her to life with drag, jokes, and old movies --- Last year, Charles Busch considered walking away from playwriting. Fortunately for fans of the writer, performer, director, and drag legend, the impulse didn't stick. Just before the onset of rehearsals for Cleopatra, his latest creation, he says, "I was retired from the stage...
Hearing the Jazz in Tarell Alvin McCraney's Plays
By SUZY EVANS
Thursday, March 24, 2016  •   Acting  •    1 comment Share This
Thu Mar 24, 2016  •   Acting  •    1 comment Share This
How Francois Battiste connects to his role in Head of Passes --- The first time Francois Battiste saw Tarell Alvin McCraney, the playwright was dancing by himself in the middle of a lawn at Oxford University. It was 2005 and Battiste was studying abroad through his acting training at Juilliard, and McCraney was there as part of his program at Yale....
In 'Bright Star,' Appalachian People Know How to Survive
By MARK BLANKENSHIP
Tuesday, March 15, 2016  •   Acting  •    0 comments Share This
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The resilient spirit of Stevie Martin and Edie Brickell's Broadway musical --- Bright Star could easily be a melodrama, with cackling villains and histrionic heroines chewing every piece of scenery. After all, this new Broadway musical, written by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell, is loosely based on the shocking true story of the Iron Mountain Baby,...
Sam Shepard's Play Isn't Logical, but It Makes Sense
By MARK BLANKENSHIP
Monday, March 07, 2016  •   Acting  •    0 comments Share This
Mon Mar 7, 2016  •   Acting  •    0 comments Share This
The brutal emotion of Buried Child --- You could bruise your brain trying to make literal sense of Buried Child, Sam Shepard's Pulitzer Prize-winning play about a hardscrabble family of Illinois farmers whose dark history has warped them for generations. Their misshapen deeds – bluntly described in the  title – are matched by a dramatic...
He's Only In One Scene, But He Steals It
By RAVEN SNOOK
Thursday, March 03, 2016  •   Acting  •    0 comments Share This
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In She Loves Me, comic character actor Peter Bartlett reaffirms that there really are no small parts --- Peter Bartlett has wanted to play the Headwaiter in She Loves Me since he was a teenager. Okay, perhaps that's a bit of an exaggeration. However, the septuagenarian actor says he memorized every word of the original 1963 cast album of Jerry Bock...
Stare at the Guy in the 'Red Speedo'
By MARK BLANKENSHIP
Wednesday, March 02, 2016  •   Acting  •    0 comments Share This
Wed Mar 2, 2016  •   Acting  •    0 comments Share This
Lucas Hnath's new show puts an athlete on display --- Welcome to Building Character, our look at actors and how they create their roles Watching Red Speedo means contemplating Ray's body. The lead character in Lucas Hnath's new play, he's an Olympic-level swimmer, so it's tempting to reduce his whole identity to his physique. Plus, he spends the...
Becoming a Boy (When You're Raised as a Girl)
By JACK SMART
Tuesday, March 01, 2016  •   Acting  •    0 comments Share This
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Keen Company's new play wonders what 'masculinity' means --- Bobby Steggert plays one character in Anna Ziegler's new play Boy. But in some ways he's really playing two. "One is this young man who has completely shut his past out of his consciousness, deep into his sub-consciousness," he explains. "He's a man in his mid-twenties who thinks that...
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