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Nuclear Bombs Totally Rock
By MARK BLANKENSHIP
Sunday, July 27, 2014  •   Building Character  •    0 comments Share This
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The musical Atomic puts a wild slant on the Manhattan Project --- In 2014, when we've had decades to comprehend the attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, that fraught sense of urgency can seem as remote as a black-and-white newsreel, and so can the moral paradox of ending a terrible war with an earth-scorching weapon. But Atomic---a new rock musical...
How Do You Perform a Stephen Adly Guirgis Play?
By MARK BLANKENSHIP
Monday, July 21, 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 There are so many pronouncements and jokes and wild, thundering feelings in Between Riverside and Crazy that you may not think about the poetry until you leave the theatre and catch your breath. The latest from Stephen Adly Guirgis, now...
The Sweetest Crazy Clown
By MARK BLANKENSHIP
Tuesday, July 08, 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 Considering all the gunfights and sex and dirty jokes in their show, you wouldn’t think anyone in Clown Bar would base their performance on It’s a Wonderful Life. But that’s one reason this raucous play has become such a downtown...
Dancing the Bard
By SUSAN REITER
Thursday, June 26, 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 Cory Stearns has played Romeo, Prospero, Oberon, and Iago---all without ever speaking a line. A tall, elegant principal dancer with American Ballet Theatre, Stearns has portrayed these major Shakespearean characters in ballets based on the Bard. Among his...
The Life and Times of Matilda's Second Dad
By LINDA BUCHWALD
Monday, May 12, 2014  •   Building Character  •    0 comments Share This
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How Matt Harrington assumed a major Broadway role --- Welcome to Building Character, our ongoing look at actors and how they create their roles Every night before Matt Harrington goes on stage for his first scene as Mr. Wormwood in Matilda, he does a little dance in the wings. Matilda's television-loving, car salesman father makes his first appearance...
The Transvestite in Patrick Page's Mind
By ERIC GRODE
Wednesday, April 23, 2014  •   Building Character  •    0 comments Share This
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How he connects with his character in "Casa Valentina" Welcome to Building Character our ongoing look at actors and how they create their roles --- When Patrick Page was playing Cyrano de Bergerac at the Old Globe, he would walk the streets of San Diego imagining he really was a man with an enormous nose. He wasn't wearing a prosthetic, but in his...
Stephen Spinella Will Give a New Performance Tonight
By MARK BLANKENSHIP
Friday, April 11, 2014  •   Building Character  •    0 comments Share This
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Inside his work on Broadway's The Velocity of Autumn --- Welcome to Building Character, our ongoing look at actors and how they create their roles "The thing that draws me to new plays is the speech," says Stephen Spinella. "Does the writer have a good ear for the way people talk?" His acting career has certainly been marked by thrilling language....
Have You Seen This Side of Lear?
By MARK BLANKENSHIP
Monday, April 07, 2014  •   Building Character  •    0 comments Share This
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Michael Pennington finds new facets in Shakespeare's tragic king --- Welcome to Building Character, our ongoing look at actors and how they create their roles "I've always noted that most Lears are either good in the first part or the last part, but not always in both," says Michael Pennington. "It's difficult to catch the autocrat and the tyrant...
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