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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...
Why Has He Played the Same Role for 20 Years?
By RAVEN SNOOK
Wednesday, January 18, 2017  •   Acting  •    1 comment Share This
Wed Jan 18, 2017  •   Acting  •    1 comment Share This
Anthony Chisholm never tires of August Wilson's Jitney Welcome to Building Character, TDF Stages' ongoing series on actors and how they create their roles --- After 50 years in the theatre, Anthony Chisholm has naturally played a wide variety of roles, but there's one that he just keeps returning to: Fielding, a mischievous, alcoholic car service...
This Quiet Woman Changes a Broadway Play
By MARK BLANKENSHIP
Thursday, January 12, 2017  •   Acting  •    0 comments Share This
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Inside a crucial character in The Present --- Welcome to Building Character, our ongoing look at actors and how they create their roles. The Present is full of big talkers, so at first, we might overlook Sophia. Quiet and observant, she slips around the corners of the play, which Andrew Upton has adapted from an early Chekhov drama. She mostly just...
WATCH: Why Does Someone Yell 'Places'?
By MARK BLANKENSHIP
Monday, December 19, 2016  •   Acting  •    0 comments Share This
Mon Dec 19, 2016  •   Acting  •    0 comments Share This
We've got a new video in our Theatre Dictionary! (You can browse all our videos right here.) Check our "Places," which we made with our friends at Fight or Flight. --- Want more? Browse all our Theatre Dictionary videos....
This Christmas, Get a Little Hip With 'Lord Buckley'
By DIEP TRAN
Thursday, December 15, 2016  •   Acting  •    0 comments Share This
Thu Dec 15, 2016  •   Acting  •    0 comments Share This
Inside Jake Broder's sharp political comedy --- What do David Bowie, Johnny Depp, Bob Dylan, and Robin Williams have in common? If nothing else, there's a little-known figure named Lord Richard Buckley, a stand-up comedian who performed in the 40s and 50s. Those modern-day stars all cited him as an influence. Just ask Jake Broder, who has been performing...
Inside the Art of Getting Laughs
By FRANK RIZZO
Monday, November 28, 2016  •   Acting  •    0 comments Share This
Mon Nov 28, 2016  •   Acting  •    0 comments Share This
A comedy expert directs a commedia classic --- How do you make the centuries-old techniques of commedia dell'arte work on stage in 2016? "The trap of it is to think of it as something that has an antique style, something that isn't alive anymore," says Christopher Bayes. And he should know. He has a long history with professional clowning and movement-based...
This Broadway Musical May Be What the Country Needs Right Now
By MARK BLANKENSHIP
Thursday, November 10, 2016  •   Acting  •    0 comments Share This
Thu Nov 10, 2016  •   Acting  •    0 comments Share This
The a cappella world of In Transit means a lot these days --- There's a new Broadway musical that might help remedy our devastating national fissures. For a few hours, at least, it might replace our sense of "my country/their country" with a vision of unity and cooperation. It might remind us, if only for a little while, how it looks when Americans...
The Way He Walks Says Everything
By RAVEN SNOOK
Wednesday, November 02, 2016  •   Acting  •    0 comments Share This
Wed Nov 2, 2016  •   Acting  •    0 comments Share This
Khris Davis' gut-wrenching physical transformation gets at the heart of Lynn Nottage's new play Sweat --- Welcome to Building Character, TDF Stages' ongoing series on actors and how they create their roles When Khris Davis read Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lynn Nottage's Sweat, which opens this week at the Public Theater, he immediately felt...
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