Category: Building Character
When Your Lines Are Like Lyrics, How Do You Speak?
By RAVEN SNOOK
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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
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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
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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...
Would You Have an Affair for the Sake of Your Memoir?
By ROB WEINERT-KENDT
Thursday, February 12, 2015  •   Building Character  •    0 comments Share This
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Anna Camp plays an artist in crisis in Verité --- "This play is definitely keeping me up at night," says Anna Camp, the star of Verité, Nick Jones's unsettling new comedy at Lincoln Center's Claire Tow Theater. Specifically, she's unsettled by the decisions her character makes about balancing her family life with her career...
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
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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
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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...
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