Category: Acting
Why All Student Activists Should See This Show
By SANDY MACDONALD
Wednesday, March 14, 2018  •   Acting  •    0 comments Share This
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There's much to be learned from the South African protest docudrama The Fall --- "Nothing about us without us!" That slogan served as a rallying cry for the University of Cape Town (UCT) students who, in the spring of 2015, demanded a statue of 19th-century British imperialist Cecil Rhodes be removed from campus. Their story is recounted in The Fall,...
What Is the Nature of Violence?
By ELIZA BENT
Tuesday, March 13, 2018  •   Acting  •    0 comments Share This
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The Wholehearted attacks tough questions at Abrons Arts Center --- Ironically, there's something comforting about procedural crime dramas because we know how they will go. Female victim endures a violent, often sexual attack. If she survives, we see her crying and shaking in an interview with the cops. If she doesn't, we see her naked body brutalized....
How Do You Get Into the Mind of a Mentally Ill Man?
By BRIAN SCOTT LIPTON
Thursday, March 08, 2018  •   Acting  •    0 comments Share This
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30 Rock star Maulik Pancholy plays a deluded patient in Good for Otto --- For the first half of David Rabe's new drama Good for Otto, set in a rural mental health clinic, Maulik Pancholy sits silently on the side of the stage, barely noticeable as his costars command the spotlight. But that all changes in Act II when his character, Alex, enters the...
What Can We Learn from This Diva?
By REGINA ROBBINS
Monday, February 26, 2018  •   Acting  •    0 comments Share This
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Daniel Alexander Jones channels soulful soothsayer Jomama Jones in the new musical Black Light --- "What if I told you…I've seen the future? What if I told you…I'm from the future?" intones Jomama Jones, the theatrical alter ego of writer-performer Daniel Alexander Jones, in the opening moments of Black Light, which debuted at Joe's...
He's So Good at Playing Bad
By SUZY EVANS
Wednesday, February 21, 2018  •   Acting  •    0 comments Share This
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Veteran actor Zach Grenier tackles an ethically compromised politician in Kings --- The last time Zach Grenier appeared at the Public Theater, he played Vice President Dick Cheney in David Hare's Stuff Happens in 2006. Now he's back on the same stage portraying another scheming politician: a fictional Texas senator in Sarah Burgess's Kings. In...
Debra Monk Adds Another Loopy Character to Her Collection
By SANDY MACDONALD
Wednesday, February 14, 2018  •   Acting  •    0 comments Share This
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The Tony winner goes on a dysfunctional family road trip in Amy and the Orphans --- When director Scott Ellis calls Debra Monk, the actress listens. After all, he's directed her in numerous shows over the past three decades, including the Broadway musicals Steel Pier and Curtains, for which she earned Tony nominations. But this time around, he reached...
Jayne Houdyshell Gets Politically Incorrect
By DAVID COTE
Tuesday, February 13, 2018  •   Acting  •    0 comments Share This
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The Tony winner shows her down-and-dirty side as an embattled feminist in Relevance --- If Jayne Houdyshell's life were the subject of a suspense novel, the central mystery would be: Where was she before 2004? That's when she got her big break at age 50 in Lisa Kron's Well at the Public Theater, portraying the author's chronically ill, semi-tragic...
Hayley Mills Is Having a Very Grown-Up Party
By LINDA BUCHWALD
Tuesday, February 06, 2018  •   Acting  •    0 comments Share This
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The former child star returns to the stage in a new dark comedy --- Hayley Mills rocketed to fame as a teen in the 1960s in the Disney movies The Parent Trap and Pollyanna. But though she's the name draw in the all-female comedy Party Face, currently running at City Center Stage II, she's not demanding star treatment. In fact, she's sharing a tiny...
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