Category: Acting
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
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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
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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....
This is the Place Where Your Feelings Are Safe
By MARK BLANKENSHIP
Wednesday, July 08, 2015  •   Acting  •    1 comment Share This
Wed Jul 8, 2015  •   Acting  •    1 comment Share This
Why Dale Soules understands her character in Shows for Days  --- There's a moment in Shows For Days, now playing at Lincoln Center Theater, when a character named Sid annihilates her pride. To save her theatre company, she must ask for help from the woman who broke her heart. And even though Douglas Carter Beane's autobiographical...
I See Myself in His Performance
By LINDA BUCHWALD
Wednesday, July 01, 2015  •   Acting  •    0 comments Share This
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Gideon Glick's role in Significant Other makes me relate to him more than ever --- I've been admiring Gideon Glick on stage for years -- eight to be exact. I first saw him on Broadway in the show that brought him to NYC, Spring Awakening, in which he played a shy teenager struggling with his sexual identity. I especially loved him in Samuel...
Feeling Like the Middle Child, but Acting Like the Youngest
By SUZY EVANS
Thursday, June 25, 2015  •   Acting  •    0 comments Share This
Thu Jun 25, 2015  •   Acting  •    0 comments Share This
Heather Lind intimately understands the sibling dynamics in Of Good Stock --- Heather Lind knows a thing or two about the three-sister dynamic. However, unlike her free-spirited character Celia in Melissa Ross's Of Good Stock – who is the whimsical youngest sibling to needy middle child Amy (Alicia Silverstone) and motherly eldest Jess...
It's the Funniest King Lear of the Season!
By MARK BLANKENSHIP
Friday, June 12, 2015  •   Acting  •    1 comment Share This
Fri Jun 12, 2015  •   Acting  •    1 comment Share This
Why My Perfect Mind injects comedy into tragedy --- It's one of the most startling Shakespearean moments in recent memory: Standing in the middle of Theater A at 59E59, celebrated British actor Edward Petherbridge delivers a heart-rending version of King Lear's mad scene, when the monarch rails helplessly against nature as he's pounded by wind and...
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