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The German Octopus Speaks a Universal Language
By NICOLE SERRATORE
Tuesday, September 08, 2015  •   Acting  •    0 comments Share This
Tue Sep 8, 2015  •   Acting  •    0 comments Share This
Do we really need to understand the language in a play? --- Actor Fabian Hinrichs is fumbling to pull on an octopus costume. Berlin's Volksbühne Theatre stage is drenched from an indoor rainstorm that just ended. The audience members, who moments before were invited to the stage to splash about in the water, are now returning to their seats,...
Embrace Your Inner Drag Queen
By DIEP TRAN
Monday, August 31, 2015  •   Acting  •    0 comments Share This
Mon Aug 31, 2015  •   Acting  •    0 comments Share This
The Legend of Georgia McBride delivers a how-to of drag --- The most fabulous presence in The Legend of Georgia McBride isn't the straight man who becomes a drag queen, his pregnant wife, or his drag mother (though all three are pretty awe-inspiring). No, that honor goes to a clothing rack. Usually a tool that's kept backstage, this particular...
A Part Close to His Heart
By RAVEN SNOOK
Friday, August 21, 2015  •   Acting  •    2 comments Share This
Fri Aug 21, 2015  •   Acting  •    2 comments Share This
How Chris Myers' latest gig merged his professional, political and personal life --- Welcome to Building Character, TDF Stages' ongoing look at actors and how they create their roles. Sometimes an actor seems born to play a role. In the case of Chris Myers, who won a 2014 Obie Award for his performance in An Octoroon, he was also an activist born...
Killer Sharks and Flying Trapezes
By KENNETH JONES
Tuesday, August 04, 2015  •   Acting  •    0 comments Share This
Tue Aug 4, 2015  •   Acting  •    0 comments Share This
Fight or Flight Theater puts an aerial twist on Jaws --- "You're gonna need a bigger boat" – that memorable line from Jaws – gets a fresh twist this summer under the captainship of off-Off-Broadway's Fight or Flight Theater Company. For starters, the phrase is spoken a few feet off the ground. That's because Fight or Flight is a troupe...
How Many People Must a Black Man Be?
By JACK SMART
Thursday, July 30, 2015  •   Acting  •    1 comment Share This
Thu Jul 30, 2015  •   Acting  •    1 comment Share This
A playwright confronts how the race of the people around us changes how we behave --- There is only one person onstage throughout Howard L. Craft's Freight: The Five Incarnations of Abel Green. But if you look and listen closely, you might perceive quite a few more. Centered on an African-American man who exists in five different versions, or incarnations,...
A New Way of Searching for a Missing Boy
By MARK PEIKERT
Monday, July 27, 2015  •   Acting  •    0 comments Share This
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James Lecesne brings his novel about a missing teen to the stage --- When James Lecesne published his young adult novel Absolute Brightness in 2008, the world was a very different place. The story of a missing gay teenager, the book was almost eerily prescient in its depiction of teen bullying and the many forms it can take. And with bullying-related...
Where Did They Find That Vicious Little Girl?
By JEFF POTTER
Thursday, July 16, 2015  •   Acting  •    0 comments Share This
Thu Jul 16, 2015  •   Acting  •    0 comments Share This
Inside the casting for Ruthless! The Musical --- When Joel Paley and Marvin Laird, creators of Ruthless! The Musical, cast the show's original Off-Broadway production in 1992, they were keenly aware of a make-or-break factor. As Paley says, "We had to find a kid that was so talented it was scary." For the campy spoof to truly work, it's...
Creating a Crucial Moment in Awake and Sing!
By MARK BLANKENSHIP
Tuesday, July 14, 2015  •   Acting  •    0 comments Share This
Tue Jul 14, 2015  •   Acting  •    0 comments Share This
How Jon Norman Schneider shapes his performance in the classic Odets play --- Welcome to Building Character, our ongoing look at performers and how they create their roles Like so many Clifford Odets plays, Awake and Sing! is bursting with passionate speeches – blasts of language that help his working-class characters realize who they are....
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