Category: Acting
Saying Goodbye to Her 'Gloria' Days
By LAUREN KAY
Tuesday, August 08, 2017  •   Acting  •    3 comments Share This
Tue Aug 8, 2017  •   Acting  •    3 comments Share This
How the soon-to-close 'On Your Feet!' has kept star Ana Villafañe on her toes --- After almost two years of encouraging audiences to literally dance in the aisles, the bio-musical On Your Feet!, about multi Grammy Award-winning music makers Emilio and Gloria Estefan, is set to close on August 20. While all of the original leads have come and...
Wait, What Reality Am I In?
By FRANK RIZZO
Wednesday, July 26, 2017  •   Acting  •    0 comments Share This
Wed Jul 26, 2017  •   Acting  •    0 comments Share This
How a pair of actors are tackling a new time-hopping play --- Welcome to Building Character, TDF Stages' ongoing series on actors and how they create their roles How do actors navigate a play in which one character can manipulate time with a remote control, changing the action -- and therefore everyone's reactions -- a smidge, or a lot? Such is the...
Why This Dolly Will Never Go Away For Me
By DANIEL GUSS
Wednesday, July 19, 2017  •   Acting  •    15 comments Share This
Wed Jul 19, 2017  •   Acting  •    15 comments Share This
A musical lover remembers the understudy who first captured his heart --- On a recent Sunday afternoon, I settled in to my seat in the upper balcony of the Shubert Theatre to watch Bette Midler in Hello, Dolly!. Over half a century earlier at age 10, I had attended my first Broadway show, Oliver!, in the same theatre, sitting in the same section....
How Do You Solve a Problem Like Isabella?
By RAVEN SNOOK
Wednesday, July 05, 2017  •   Acting  •    1 comment Share This
Wed Jul 5, 2017  •   Acting  •    1 comment Share This
A Canadian stage star takes on the Measure for Measure heroine --- Welcome to Building Character, TDF Stages' ongoing series on actors and how they create their roles Call Measure for Measure one of Shakespeare's "problem plays" and you can practically hear Cara Ricketts wince. A regular at Ontario's celebrated Stratford Festival, the actress is...
What's It Like to Spend Your Life Dying?
By HOWARD SHERMAN
Wednesday, June 21, 2017  •   Acting  •    0 comments Share This
Wed Jun 21, 2017  •   Acting  •    0 comments Share This
Roundabout's revival of Marvin's Room explores timeless topics --- Scott McPherson's 1990 play Marvin's Room, now enjoying its Broadway premiere courtesy of Roundabout Theatre Company, can turn on a dime -- not in its plot, but in its sensibility and emotions. Just take the first scene of this darkly comic tale of family dysfunction and health crises:...
How I Joined the John Douglas Thompson Fan Club
By DREW PISARRA
Thursday, June 01, 2017  •   Acting  •    0 comments Share This
Thu Jun 1, 2017  •   Acting  •    0 comments Share This
The Tony-nominated actor dazzles me every single time --- Welcome to Fanmail, our tributes to theatre artists we admire I'm ashamed to say that I was late to the John Douglas Thompson fan club -- not that he has an actual fan club, though he should and I just may start it! Somehow I missed this British-American actor's breakthrough performances,...
Why I Don't Like Entrance Applause
By LINDA BUCHWALD
Tuesday, May 16, 2017  •   Acting  •    32 comments Share This
Tue May 16, 2017  •   Acting  •    32 comments Share This
To clap, or not to clap -- for me there's no question --- I have some hard and fast rules when I go to the theatre: no talking, no texting, no picture taking, no charging my phone onstage. I think most theatre fans (the polite ones, anyway) agree with those. But I have a rule for myself that many don't follow: I don't give entrance applause. I know,...
How I Fell For Repertory Theatre
By DAVID DEWITT
Wednesday, May 10, 2017  •   Acting  •    0 comments Share This
Wed May 10, 2017  •   Acting  •    0 comments Share This
A critic recalls the summer season that sparked his love for the stage --- I love repertory theatre. I fantasize about a schedule that switches up a handful of diverse plays -- say Tennessee Williams's A Streetcar Named Desire on Wednesday, Sam Shepard's A Lie of the Mind on Thursday, and Sarah Ruhl's In the Next Room (or the vibrator play) on Friday...
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