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Over 55 and Finally in the Spotlight
By RAVEN SNOOK
Wednesday, June 03, 2015  •   Acting  •    3 comments Share This
Wed Jun 3, 2015  •   Acting  •    3 comments Share This
Sixteen performers, all over the age of 55, share the songs and stories of their generation --- When Vy Higginsen and Ken Wydro set out to find mature performers for their uplifting show Alive! 55+ and Kickin', now at Harlem's Dempsey Theatre, they weren't just looking for solid singers. They wanted compelling stories, too. The two-act revue features...
Being James Cagney (Without Imitating Him)
By MARK BLANKENSHIP
Thursday, May 28, 2015  •   Acting  •    1 comment Share This
Thu May 28, 2015  •   Acting  •    1 comment Share This
How Robert Creighton brings the film legend to the stage --- Welcome to Building Character, our ongoing look at performers and how they create their roles Actors playing real people always face a fascinating conundrum: What's the connection between impersonating someone and inhabiting them? In other words, do you have to master a person's voice and...
Is That Really You Up There?
By RAVEN SNOOK
Wednesday, May 13, 2015  •   Acting  •    0 comments Share This
Wed May 13, 2015  •   Acting  •    0 comments Share This
In her new solo show, performer and playwright Dael Orlandersmith plays a version of herself. --- Audiences frequently confuse Dael Orlandersmith with the characters she writes and performs. Originally solely an actress, the New York City native began penning her own plays in the mid-90s such as Monster, The Gimmick and Pulitzer Prize finalist...
The Trouble with Violence
By QUI NGUYEN
Thursday, May 07, 2015  •   Acting  •    0 comments Share This
Thu May 7, 2015  •   Acting  •    0 comments Share This
In our brand-new series, Behind the Scene, playwright Qui Nguyen shares the challenges of mounting his latest show, Six Rounds of Vengeance --- When we decided to launch Behind the Scene --- an examination of the creation of a difficult sequence as told by the playwright --- we immediately reached out to Qui Nguyen. As cofounder of the Obie Award-winning...
Forbidden 17th-Century Love and Shakespeare's Not Involved
By ELIZA BENT
Wednesday, May 06, 2015  •   Acting  •    0 comments Share This
Wed May 6, 2015  •   Acting  •    0 comments Share This
Contemporary audiences sometimes expect classic dramas to be updated for modern times, but that's not Red Bull Theater's approach. The 12-year-old company --- whose primary mission is to stage Jacobean-era plays by Shakespeare and his contemporaries  --- is currently mounting a lively and faithful production of John Ford's 'Tis Pity She's a Whore at...
It Shoulda Been You (Years Ago)
By RAVEN SNOOK
Friday, May 01, 2015  •   Acting  •    1 comment Share This
Fri May 1, 2015  •   Acting  •    1 comment Share This
Why I was almost as excited about Josh Grisetti's Broadway debut as he was --- For any performer, making it to Broadway is usually a dream come true. But for Josh Grisetti, currently costarring in the campy musical comedy It Shoulda Been You, it was the end of a very long nightmare. Okay, fine, I'm being a bit over-the-top, but so is Grisetti...
He's Not a Total Villain. Honest.
By RAVEN SNOOK
Tuesday, April 28, 2015  •   Acting  •    2 comments Share This
Tue Apr 28, 2015  •   Acting  •    2 comments Share This
Tom Hewitt plays a bad guy with a soft side in Doctor Zhivago --- Welcome to Building Character, our ongoing look at performers and how they create their roles When Tom Hewitt admonishes the adolescent daughter of his paramour to "Pull your stockings up, Lara; it's distracting," you learn everything you need to know about his character,...
Gideon Irving Will Perform In Your Living Room
By DIEP TRAN
Friday, April 17, 2015  •   Acting  •    3 comments Share This
Fri Apr 17, 2015  •   Acting  •    3 comments Share This
In Living Here, this boundary-pushing solo artist performs not in a theatre, but in someone's living room  --- It's not every day that you get to perform for a chicken. But that's just what happened to Gideon Irving during a recent performance of his one-man show Living Here: A Map of Songs. The venue was an apartment and the chicken belonged...
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