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When You're Dancing Shakespeare, Every Movement Matters
By SUSAN REITER
Thursday, July 21, 2016  •   Acting  •    0 comments Share This
Thu Jul 21, 2016  •   Acting  •    0 comments Share This
How dancers create character in Christopher Wheeldon's new ballet --- He may not have been a dancer, but Shakespeare has become indispensable to the ballet. Choreographers can't resist his work, with plays like Romeo and Juliet and A Midsummer Night's Dream constantly being reimagined for dance troupes across the world. Still, Christopher Wheeldon...
Backstage With NYMF Musicals
By ANDREW BLOCK
Wednesday, July 20, 2016  •   Acting  •    0 comments Share This
Wed Jul 20, 2016  •   Acting  •    0 comments Share This
Inside four shows in this year's New York Musical Festival --- "Now! I have my chaaaance!", croons Raúl, the young Mexican entrepreneur at the center of Children of Salt, one of 18 full productions at this summer's New York Musical Festival (NYMF). Raul could be signing for the hundreds of artists who gather each summer for an opportunity to...
Forget Dialogue. Silence Says Everything Here.
By MARK BLANKENSHIP
Thursday, July 14, 2016  •   Acting  •    0 comments Share This
Thu Jul 14, 2016  •   Acting  •    0 comments Share This
In Small Mouth Sounds, words aren't necessary to tell a story --- Small Mouth Sounds makes you realize how pushy most plays are, with their constant stream of words and arguments and bold-letter proclamations. That can be thrilling, of course, and nobody wants the characters in Shaw or Williams or Wasserstein to stop talking. Still: Playwright Bess...
Estelle Parsons Will Not Be Mincing Words
By FRANK RIZZO
Tuesday, June 28, 2016  •   Acting  •    0 comments Share This
Tue Jun 28, 2016  •   Acting  •    0 comments Share This
The stage legend on her new comedy, young actors, and more --- Estelle Parsons will not be mincing words, thank you very much. For instance, when asked to describe Out of the Mouths of Babes, the new Israel Horovitz play she's starring in at the Cherry Lane, she says, "There's a lot of old farts in it." Well… like Parsons, who will be 89...
Learning Life Lessons from Doing Theatre
By JEFF POTTER
Thursday, June 23, 2016  •   Acting  •    1 comment Share This
Thu Jun 23, 2016  •   Acting  •    1 comment Share This
A community-based arts organization teaches kids skills that extend well beyond the stage --- When the young actors and playwrights participating in The 52nd Street Project's shows take their final bows to wild applause, it's thrilling fun for the kids. But on a deeper level, long after the curtain comes down, alumni routinely discover how "The...
WATCH: What Is 10 Out of 12? What Is Off-Book?
By RAVEN SNOOK
Thursday, June 16, 2016  •   Acting  •    0 comments Share This
Thu Jun 16, 2016  •   Acting  •    0 comments Share This
We've got two new videos in our Theatre Dictionary! (You can browse all our videos right here.) --- Check out 10 Out of 12, which we made with our friends at F*It Club. (In case the term sounds familiar, 10 Out of 12 was the title of a 2015 Anne Washburn play. This video shows you the inspiration behind it!) --- Then watch Off-Book,...
How Does an Actor Become James Joyce?
By JACK SMART
Wednesday, June 01, 2016  •   Acting  •    1 comment Share This
Wed Jun 1, 2016  •   Acting  •    1 comment Share This
In a new musical, Matt Bogart embodies the literary lion --- Playing a famous person means accepting a lot of responsibility. Audiences come into the theatre with either intimate knowledge or vague awareness of the person, so any choices made by the actor will enhance, contradict, or jibe with those public perceptions. How can a performer truthfully...
Irish Rep's New Theatre is Already Haunted
By RAVEN SNOOK
Tuesday, May 31, 2016  •   Acting  •    0 comments Share This
Tue May 31, 2016  •   Acting  •    0 comments Share This
Irish Rep returns to its overhauled Chelsea theatre with a revival of a Conor McPherson ghost story --- Ever since the award-winning Irish Repertory Theatre opened Off Broadway in 1988, cofounders Ciarán O'Reilly (Producing Director) and Charlotte Moore (Artistic Director) have programmed their seasons with incredible care, spotlighting a wide...
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