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Creating a Crucial Moment in Awake and Sing!
By MARK BLANKENSHIP
Tuesday, July 14, 2015  •   Building Character  •    0 comments Share This
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How Jon Norman Schneider shapes his performance in the classic Odets play --- Welcome to Building Character, our ongoing look at performers and how they create their roles Like so many Clifford Odets plays, Awake and Sing! is bursting with passionate speeches – blasts of language that help his working-class characters realize who they are....
Being James Cagney (Without Imitating Him)
By MARK BLANKENSHIP
Thursday, May 28, 2015  •   Building Character  •    1 comment Share This
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How Robert Creighton brings the film legend to the stage --- Welcome to Building Character, our ongoing look at performers and how they create their roles Actors playing real people always face a fascinating conundrum: What's the connection between impersonating someone and inhabiting them? In other words, do you have to master a person's voice and...
She's Always a Woman in Me
By RAVEN SNOOK
Wednesday, May 27, 2015  •   Building Character  •    0 comments Share This
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Shakespearean actor Simon Callow steps into high heels for the latest Brits Off Broadway fest --- Welcome to Building Character, TDF Stages' ongoing look at actors and how they create their roles. Pauline, the alternately proud and insecure transwoman in Tuesdays at Tesco's, isn't the first female character Simon Callow has portrayed, but she certainly...
He's Not a Total Villain. Honest.
By RAVEN SNOOK
Tuesday, April 28, 2015  •   Building Character  •    2 comments Share This
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Tom Hewitt plays a bad guy with a soft side in Doctor Zhivago --- Welcome to Building Character, our ongoing look at performers and how they create their roles When Tom Hewitt admonishes the adolescent daughter of his paramour to "Pull your stockings up, Lara; it's distracting," you learn everything you need to know about his character,...
Meet the Symbolically Powerful Eunuchs
By MARK BLANKENSHIP
Thursday, April 23, 2015  •   Building Character  •    0 comments Share This
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Behind the most unusual characters in Broadway's The Visit --- Welcome to Building Character, our ongoing look at performers and how they create their roles "As an audience member, even before you hear that we're eunuchs, you can say, 'Okay, these people are not normal.'" That's how Matthew Deming describes his entrance in The Visit, the viciously...
When Your Lines Are Like Lyrics, How Do You Speak?
By RAVEN SNOOK
Thursday, April 02, 2015  •   Building Character  •    0 comments Share This
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Karyn Quackenbush tackles the strange, lush world of "Iowa"  --- Welcome to Building Character, our ongoing look at performers and how they create their roles Karyn Quackenbush was completely unfamiliar with Jenny Schwartz's work before trying out for the playwright's latest production, Iowa, a dramedy-with-songs at Playwrights Horizons. As...
Four Broadway Roles at the Same Time
By MARK BLANKENSHIP
Wednesday, March 11, 2015  •   Building Character  •    1 comment Share This
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By MARK BLANKENSHIP Welcome to Building Character, our ongoing look at performers and how they create their roles No wonder it took Tracee Chimo a few performances to discover how Molly speaks. She already had her hands full with April, Betsy, and Fran. Chimo portrays all four women in the Broadway revival of The Heidi Chronicles, Wendy Wasserstein's...
When She Lectures, You Laugh
By RAVEN SNOOK
Wednesday, February 25, 2015  •   Building Character  •    0 comments Share This
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Welcome to Building Character, our ongoing look at performers and how they create their roles When Mary Louise Wilson urges the audience to "Repent, repent, repent!" in Roundabout Theatre Company's revival of the screwball musical comedy On the Twentieth Century, everyone bursts out laughing. That's because her character, a seemingly sweet little...
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