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Playing a Dog and Hen (Who Fall in Love)
By FRANK RIZZO
Tuesday, March 07, 2017  •   Acting  •    0 comments Share This
Tue Mar 7, 2017  •   Acting  •    0 comments Share This
The actors behind the animals in The Moors --- Welcome to Building Character, our ongoing look at actors and how they create their roles. How do you play a massive mastiff – one with a tender heart, cosmic curiosity, and killer instincts? Or how about a dubious moorhen who, despite her typical caution in life, has fallen for someone outside...
Wrestling With the Legacy of a Real-Life Attorney
By MARTHA WADE STEKETEE
Wednesday, March 01, 2017  •   Acting  •    1 comment Share This
Wed Mar 1, 2017  •   Acting  •    1 comment Share This
A new play takes on William Kunstler --- Playwright Jeffrey Sweet was inspired by a shock of hair and a lanky swagger. "It started off as a fairly pedestrian impulse," Sweet says of his play Kunstler, about the activist attorney William Kunstler. "As I was watching the documentary Disturbing the Universe by Kunstler's daughters Sarah and Emily, I...
In This Play, Everyone Is Everybody
By MARK BLANKENSHIP
Thursday, February 16, 2017  •   Acting  •    0 comments Share This
Thu Feb 16, 2017  •   Acting  •    0 comments Share This
Rotating roles in Branden Jacobs-Jenkins' new show --- Even though the play has been running for several weeks, Michael Braun still doesn't know which part he's playing in Everybody. Or rather, he doesn't know which part he's playing next. That's because during every performance of Branden Jacobs-Jenkins' play, now being produced by Signature Theatre,...
It Doesn't Take Them Long to Change His Life
By JEFF POTTER
Thursday, February 09, 2017  •   Acting  •    0 comments Share This
Thu Feb 9, 2017  •   Acting  •    0 comments Share This
The cast of 'Man From Nebraska' does more with less --- The Playbill title page for Man From Nebraska lists its cast alphabetically, with no suggestion of leads positioned above the rest. This despite the fact that Tracy Letts' play focuses on a central character played by Reed Birney, who's fresh off a Tony win for The Humans . That feels appropriate,...
John Epperson in a World Without Art
By FRANK RIZZO
Wednesday, February 08, 2017  •   Acting  •    0 comments Share This
Wed Feb 8, 2017  •   Acting  •    0 comments Share This
In a new Wallace Shawn play, the actor leaves Lypsinka behind --- In the American premiere of Wallace Shawn's Evening at the Talk House, John Epperson plays Ted, a composer who performs some incidental music on the piano, banters with the fellow guests gathered for a reunion, and reveals a dark, startling secret. For some theatre fans, it will be...
WATCH: Meet TACT (the Actors Company Theatre)
By MARK BLANKENSHIP
Friday, February 03, 2017  •   Acting  •    1 comment Share This
Fri Feb 3, 2017  •   Acting  •    1 comment Share This
Meet TACT (The Actors Company Theatre), where a longtime company of artists encourages each other to take risks (when they're not cracking jokes). This film features company members James Murtaugh, Cynthia Harris, Simon Jones, Jeremy Beck, and Jeff Talbott, as well as associate artistic director Nora Chester and executive artistic director Scott Alan...
Why This Play Sparks Memories of My Mom
By LISA BURDIGE
Monday, January 30, 2017  •   Acting  •    1 comment Share This
Mon Jan 30, 2017  •   Acting  •    1 comment Share This
How The Beauty Queen of Leenane helped me process my own mother-daughter drama --- My ex-husband was in love with all things Irish. So when the Druid Theatre Company's production of Martin McDonagh's The Beauty Queen of Leenane came to Broadway in 1998, he was dying to go. We were too broke to afford tickets, so my parents bought seats for all four...
They'll Do Anything You Want In This Play. Literally Anything.
By MARK BLANKENSHIP
Monday, January 23, 2017  •   Acting  •    0 comments Share This
Mon Jan 23, 2017  •   Acting  •    0 comments Share This
Inside 'The Great American Drama' --- The New York Neo-Futurists really want your feedback on their latest show. Even if you don't see it, you can fill out a survey telling them what you prefer to see on stage, and they'll incorporate your ideas into their production. And if you do end up in the audience, you'll have several opportunities to deliver...
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