Category: Acting
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...
Chris Gethard's New Comedy is Deadly Serious
By JACK SMART
Wednesday, October 12, 2016  •   Acting  •    0 comments Share This
Wed Oct 12, 2016  •   Acting  •    0 comments Share This
A frank, funny show about depression and art --- A stand-up comedian sharing personal stories in front of a crowd is one thing. Describing suicidal thoughts in excruciating detail is quite another. That's exactly what happens in Chris Gethard: Career Suicide, the writer-performer's autobiographical solo show. "There are stretches where I don't care...
Horton Foote's Way With Women
By FRANK RIZZO
Thursday, October 06, 2016  •   Acting  •    0 comments Share This
Thu Oct 6, 2016  •   Acting  •    0 comments Share This
Primary Stages highlights his knack for rich female characters --- Horton Foote has a way with women -- or at least his women characters. Think of Kim Stanley in The Chase, Shirley Knight in The Young Man from Atlanta, Hallie Foote in Dividing the Estate, Betty Buckley in Old Friends, Estelle Parsons in The Day Emily Married or any of the actors...
Let's Play the 'Underground Railroad Game'
By ELIZA BENT
Tuesday, September 27, 2016  •   Acting  •    0 comments Share This
Tue Sep 27, 2016  •   Acting  •    0 comments Share This
Using outrageous satire to root through America's past --- If laughter is the sound of surprise, then there were many surprises the night I saw Underground Railroad Game, playing at Ars Nova through October 29. But one laugh in particular keeps bouncing around my head. In the piece -- which was created by its stars, Jennifer Kidwell and Scott Sheppard...
They Knew Gun Violence. Now They Know Hope.
By MARTHA WADE STEKETEE
Wednesday, August 31, 2016  •   Acting  •    0 comments Share This
Wed Aug 31, 2016  •   Acting  •    0 comments Share This
A new play uses the real words of gun violence survivors --- How does forgiveness emerge in the aftermath of gun violence? Can it? Will it? What do we do as we wait to find out? For months now, Houses on the Moon, a socially-focused, community-committed theatre company, has been asking those very questions. They began with a series of workshops,...
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