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What Can We Know About These Wordless People?
By KENNETH JONES
Wednesday, March 18, 2015  •   Acting  •    0 comments Share This
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The fascinating silence of Small Mouth Sounds --- When she signed up for a wellness retreat in upstate New York a few years back, playwright Bess Wohl had no idea she was laying the groundwork for a future play. She also had no idea that the program required a vow of silence. "That was news to me when I got there," Wohl says. "I was with...
Four Broadway Roles at the Same Time
By MARK BLANKENSHIP
Wednesday, March 11, 2015  •   Acting  •    1 comment Share This
Wed Mar 11, 2015  •   Acting  •    1 comment Share This
By MARK BLANKENSHIP Welcome to Building Character, our ongoing look at performers and how they create their roles No wonder it took Tracee Chimo a few performances to discover how Molly speaks. She already had her hands full with April, Betsy, and Fran. Chimo portrays all four women in the Broadway revival of The Heidi Chronicles, Wendy Wasserstein's...
Real Feelings in a Virtual World
By LINDA BUCHWALD
Friday, February 27, 2015  •   Acting  •    0 comments Share This
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There are two worlds in Jennifer Haley's The Nether. One is reality---a dark, cold place. The other is The Hideaway, a Victorian manor filled with light and color and trees. The latter universe is part of The Nether, an immersive virtual space that people obsessively visit in this perhaps not-so-distant future. However, Laura Jellinek's set for...
If You're Only 40, How Do You Play an 80 Year Old?
By ELIZA BENT
Thursday, February 26, 2015  •   Acting  •    0 comments Share This
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Actors are often told to make a character "their own." But what exactly does that mean? And how do actors put themselves into a role when they're playing someone who's almost twice their age? For the 40-year-old performer Elizabeth Dement, who stars as an 80-year-old retiree in Christina Masciotti's Social Security, at the Bushwick Starr Feb. 25...
When She Lectures, You Laugh
By RAVEN SNOOK
Wednesday, February 25, 2015  •   Acting  •    0 comments Share This
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Welcome to Building Character, our ongoing look at performers and how they create their roles When Mary Louise Wilson urges the audience to "Repent, repent, repent!" in Roundabout Theatre Company's revival of the screwball musical comedy On the Twentieth Century, everyone bursts out laughing. That's because her character, a seemingly sweet little...
How Is She Playing 40 People At Once?
By KENNETH JONES
Wednesday, February 11, 2015  •   Acting  •    0 comments Share This
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By KENNETH JONES Welcome to Building Character, our ongoing look at performers and how they create their roles It's a wonder that actress Christina Bianco doesn't struggle with nightmares about the dozens of characters she plays in Off-Broadway's one-woman comedy Application Pending. You imagine that keeping all of them straight haunts her fevered...
She's Destroying My Career, But We're Still Friends
By MARK BLANKENSHIP
Friday, February 06, 2015  •   Acting  •    0 comments Share This
Fri Feb 6, 2015  •   Acting  •    0 comments Share This
By MARK BLANKENSHIP Welcome to Building Character, our ongoing look at performers and how they create their roles You might assume that Tonya Pinkins focuses on the conflict in Rasheeda Speaking. After all, Joel Drake Johnson's play, now in a New Group production at the Signature Center complex, basically turns a Chicago doctor's office into a...
How to Put Soul in a “Honeymoon”
By MARK BLANKENSHIP
Tuesday, December 09, 2014  •   Acting  •    0 comments Share This
Tue Dec 9, 2014  •   Acting  •    0 comments Share This
Welcome to Building Character, our ongoing look at performers and how they create their roles Make no mistake: the new Broadway musical Honeymoon in Vegas is supposed to be a lark. Based on the 1992 film, it’s a fizzy romance about Jack Singer, a guy who won’t propose to his girlfriend Betsy because his mother cursed his love life. (Like,...
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