Category: Acting
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...
Partly True Stories About a Forgotten Hollywood Star
By MARK PEIKERT
Tuesday, March 24, 2015  •   Acting  •    0 comments Share This
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David Greenspan explores the legacy of Helen Twelvetrees --- In some ways, David Greenspan found his play I'm Looking for HelenTwelvetrees in a photo of the 1930s actress. Included on the cover of the program for the production, which runs through April 4 at Abrons Art Center, the image finds Twelvetrees staring down into a mirror, with a...
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
Thu Feb 26, 2015  •   Acting  •    0 comments Share This
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...
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