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Learning Lines AND a Language
By JEFF POTTER
Tuesday, December 08, 2015  •   Acting  •    0 comments Share This
Tue Dec 8, 2015  •   Acting  •    0 comments Share This
How the cast of The Golden Bride learned to perform in Yiddish --- Glenn Seven Allen was next in line to step into the audition room for the operetta The Golden Bride when he heard something inside that stopped him cold. "It freaked me out!" he says. "I never do this, but I called my agent and asked if he could buy me some extra time. He got me an...
Old Friends, New Stage Tricks
By RAVEN SNOOK
Thursday, December 03, 2015  •   Acting  •    0 comments Share This
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Broadway vet Jackie Hoffman and John "Lypsinka" Epperson reunite in Once Upon a Mattress --- As spunky Princess Winnifred in the Transport Group's Off-Broadway revival of Once Upon a Mattress at the Abrons Arts Center, Jackie Hoffman is marking a few firsts. After two-plus decades as a scene-stealing second banana on Broadway and Off (and off-Off),...
Ties That Bind Onstage and Off
By RAVEN SNOOK
Tuesday, November 24, 2015  •   Acting  •    0 comments Share This
Tue Nov 24, 2015  •   Acting  •    0 comments Share This
Actor Bill Heck returns to the Signature Theatre Company in his darkest role yet --- Welcome to Building Character, TDF Stages' ongoing series on actors and how they create their roles If Night is a Room hadn’t been a kind of family affair, Bill Heck might not have signed on. The actor had recently finished a yearlong stint in the Broadway...
When the Lower East Side Becomes the Whole World
By MARK BLANKENSHIP
Monday, November 16, 2015  •   Acting  •    0 comments Share This
Mon Nov 16, 2015  •   Acting  •    0 comments Share This
In her new solo show, Nilaja Sun creates a universal neighborhood --- Think of it like the iris in a camera or your eye, slowly opening to reveal more and more of the world. In her one-woman play Pike St., writer-performer Nilaja Sun begins with a hyper-focused story that's deeply rooted in Manhattan's Lower East Side. Then, as she embodies more and...
Am I Loving You or Using You?
By MARK BLANKENSHIP
Wednesday, November 11, 2015  •   Acting  •    0 comments Share This
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The new musical Invisible Thread leaves room for debate --- Looking for a fascinating personality test? Go see the musical Invisible Thread with a group of friends, then ask them to define Jacob's relationship with Griffin. Chances are good that everyone will have a different answer, and you'll have to stand around debating before anyone can go home....
The Play's Moving Fast -- Hold on Tight
By MARK BLANKENSHIP
Wednesday, October 28, 2015  •   Acting  •    0 comments Share This
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How Marin Ireland keeps the pace in Kill Floor --- Welcome to Building Character, TDF Stages' ongoing series on actors and how they create their roles We can't run our hands around them, but plays have shapes. And often, grasping those shapes – understanding why moments progress in a particular order – means grasping the nature of the...
Why Is Prince Harry Speaking in Verse?
By MARK BLANKENSHIP
Friday, October 16, 2015  •   Acting  •    1 comment Share This
Fri Oct 16, 2015  •   Acting  •    1 comment Share This
The secrets of the language in Broadway's King Charles III --- Welcome to Building Character, TDF Stages' ongoing look at actors and how they create their roles. If a script is written in verse, then a playwright has essentially built instructions into an actor's lines. Just ask Richard Goulding, who's starring as Prince Harry in King Charles III,...
No Time to Think! You Have to Be Funny Right Now!
By KENNETH JONES
Thursday, October 08, 2015  •   Acting  •    0 comments Share This
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In Broadway's Sylvia, Robert Sella jumps from character to character --- Welcome to Building Character, TDF Stages' ongoing look at actors and how they create their roles The three main characters of Sylvia, A.R. Gurney's comedy famous for its love triangle of a Manhattan couple and their newly adopted dog, travel in a kind of pack. Trekking...
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