Category: Acting
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
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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
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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...
Christian Camargo's Wild Ride With 'Pericles'
By MARK BLANKENSHIP
Wednesday, February 24, 2016  •   Acting  •    0 comments Share This
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Inside the actor's take on Shakespeare's surprising play  --- No matter your favorite Shakespeare play, you'll probably find it reflected in Pericles, a late-career drama by the Bard that's running through March 27 at Polonsky Shakespeare Center in a production from Theatre for a New Audience. On one hand, the show has the trappings...
WATCH: Meet Gideon Productions
By MARK BLANKENSHIP
Tuesday, February 23, 2016  •   Acting  •    0 comments Share This
Tue Feb 23, 2016  •   Acting  •    0 comments Share This
Meet Gideon Productions, where sci-fi is a serious art. This film features Gideon company members Jordana Williams, Mac Rogers, Sandy Yaklin, Sean Williams, Rebecca Comtois, and Mikell Kober. This film was produced and directed by Mark Blankenship, TDF's Associate Director of Online Presence. It was shot and edited by Nicholas Guldner. Meet...
There's a Secret Character in Eugene O'Neill's 'Hughie'
By MARK BLANKENSHIP
Wednesday, February 17, 2016  •   Acting  •    0 comments Share This
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Frank Wood plays him in the Broadway revival --- Welcome to Building Character, our look at how actors create their roles Eugene O'Neill's Hughie has some of the American theatre's most interesting stage directions. While almost all of the spoken lines in this short play are given to Erie Smith, a gambler and con man trying to fool suckers in New...
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