Category: Acting
Unleashing an Animal at Lincoln Center Theater
By MARK BLANKENSHIP
Friday, March 31, 2017  •   Acting  •    2 comments Share This
Fri Mar 31, 2017  •   Acting  •    2 comments Share This
Sarah Ruhl's new play chews through polite behavior --- Even before the bird shows up, there are animals all over How to Transcend a Happy Marriage. In fact, the moment we enter the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater, where Lincoln Center Theater is currently presenting Sarah Ruhl's new play, we see a massive goat carcass hanging in an otherwise orderly...
He Doesn't Seem So Fictional Now
By MARK BLANKENSHIP
Tuesday, March 28, 2017  •   Acting  •    0 comments Share This
Tue Mar 28, 2017  •   Acting  •    0 comments Share This
A new play lives in the modern gay moment --- 10 years ago, Christopher Sears's character in Gently Down the Stream might've seemed impossibly fictional. An openly gay, tattoo-covered performance artist named Harry, he not only embraces the elasticity of unconventional relationships, but also craves the domesticity of raising a child. He wants to...
Here's to Ladies Who Knit Onstage!
By SUZY EVANS
Friday, March 24, 2017  •   Acting  •    7 comments Share This
Fri Mar 24, 2017  •   Acting  •    7 comments Share This
Seeing characters knitting helps me celebrate my hobby --- Hello, my name is Suzy Evans, and I am a knitter. I used to think there should be some sort of greeting from a support group when I disclosed that information. Although I hated that I experienced a sort of secret shame about my ever-growing hoard of yarn skeins, there was certainly a good...
Before Their Tragedy, They Were Glorious
By JEFF POTTER
Thursday, March 23, 2017  •   Acting  •    0 comments Share This
Thu Mar 23, 2017  •   Acting  •    0 comments Share This
A new show remembers the fire at the UpStairs Lounge --- Stepping across the threshold of the Lynn Redgrave Theater, audience members attending The View UpStairs find themselves in an immersive set recreating the The UpStairs Lounge circa 1973, an under-the-radar gay bar in New Orleans' French Quarter. With a white grand piano standing center, the...
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,...
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