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How Is She Playing 40 People At Once?
By KENNETH JONES
Wednesday, February 11, 2015  •   Building Character  •    0 comments Share This
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By KENNETH JONES Welcome to Building Character, our ongoing look at performers and how they create their roles It's a wonder that actress Christina Bianco doesn't struggle with nightmares about the dozens of characters she plays in Off-Broadway's one-woman comedy Application Pending. You imagine that keeping all of them straight haunts her fevered...
Do You Care More About the Captor or the Captive?
By ELIZA BENT
Monday, December 15, 2014  •   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 Nick Bright, the American investment banker who's kidnapped and held for ransom in Ayad Akhtar's The Invisible Hand, certainly evokes some sympathy. In the play, which is now at New York Theatre Workshop, he has to raise his own ransom by playing the stock...
How to Put Soul in a “Honeymoon”
By MARK BLANKENSHIP
Tuesday, December 09, 2014  •   Building Character  •    0 comments Share This
Tue Dec 9, 2014  •   Building Character  •    0 comments Share This
Welcome to Building Character, our ongoing look at performers and how they create their roles Make no mistake: the new Broadway musical Honeymoon in Vegas is supposed to be a lark. Based on the 1992 film, it’s a fizzy romance about Jack Singer, a guy who won’t propose to his girlfriend Betsy because his mother cursed his love life. (Like,...
Why Alessandro Nivola Loves "The Elephant Man"
By RAVEN SNOOK
Thursday, November 20, 2014  •   Building Character  •    0 comments Share This
Thu Nov 20, 2014  •   Building Character  •    0 comments Share This
Welcome to Building Character, our ongoing look at performers and how they create their roles When director Scott Ellis called Alessandro Nivola back in 2012 about playing the part of moralistic Victorian doctor Frederick Treves in a mounting of The Elephant Man at the Williamstown Theatre Festival, the actor knew he couldn't say no. After all, his...
He's Singing About His Home
By LINDA BUCHWALD
Thursday, October 23, 2014  •   Building Character  •    0 comments Share This
Thu Oct 23, 2014  •   Building Character  •    0 comments Share This
By LINDA BUCHWALD --- The first voice heard in the new Broadway musical The Last Ship is Jimmy Nail's. "I'm very proud that I get to open the show," he says. "It always fills me with great pride that I begin the show and I can sing about Newcastle upon Tyne." Nail is from the Benton neighborhood of that northern British city, and this show...
His Rage Is My Rage Too
By ROB WEINERT-KENDT
Tuesday, October 21, 2014  •   Building Character  •    0 comments Share This
Tue Oct 21, 2014  •   Building Character  •    0 comments Share This
By ROB WEINERT-KENDT --- Welcome to Building Character, our ongoing look at performers and how they create their roles It's clearly been a very bad day. Amir (Hari Dhillon) doesn't so much enter his dusk-lit apartment as storm it, quickly loosening his tight corporate-lawyer tie and pouring himself a stiff drink. His wife Emily (Gretchen...
Once, Twice, Three Times Your Savior
By DIEP TRAN
Tuesday, September 16, 2014  •   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 --- It's not every day you sit down with three Jesus Christs. Wait, what's the plural form of Jesus? Jesi? Jesuses? "Jesees!" says Donald Warfield, one of three actors playing the son of God in 3 Christs, now at Judson Memorial Church in a production...
“Bootycandy” Has So Many Flavors
By MARK BLANKENSHIP
Thursday, August 28, 2014  •   Building Character  •    0 comments Share This
Thu Aug 28, 2014  •   Building Character  •    0 comments Share This
In some ways, Bootycandy is a wild fantasy. Robert O’Hara’s latest play, now at Playwrights Horizons, just keeps breaking storytelling conventions, so that every time we think we understand it, it dodges and weaves. For instance, we might start with a sitcom-style scene about a little boy and his mother, but in a just a few minutes we’ll...
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