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  • ArtsBeat: What Do You Remember From the First Time You Saw ‘The Book of Mormon’?

    NYT > Theater
    By THE NEW YORK TIMES
    20 Aug 2014 | 4:25 pm
    Share your memories and recollections about the performance with us.
  • Interviews: For Former Teen Idol Rex Smith, This Is the Moment

    TheaterMania.com
    21 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    The Broadway leading man of The Pirates of Penzance and The Scarlet Pimpernel brings his new autobiographical musical cabaret show to 54 Below.
  • New Family Comedy The Last Days of Cleopatra Begins Performances Off Broadway Tonight

    Playbill.com : News
    Philippe Bowgen
    20 Aug 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Producer Georganne Aldrich Heller presents the world premiere of The Last Days of Cleopatra – a black comedy set in Dublin, Ireland – written by Laoisa Sexton and directed by Tim Ruddy, starting tonight, Aug. 21 at Urban Stages (259 W. 30th Street).
  • Enzian Theater screens 'Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time'

    Theater News
    21 Aug 2014 | 2:55 am
    WHAT: The 2012 filmed version of London play "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time" is back in theaters for one performance only.
  • Amazon Sets Premiere Dates for 5 New Pilots

    Backstage.com News
    20 Aug 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Giving Netflix a run for its money in terms of the sheer number of original series under its belt, growing production company Amazon Studios will premiere its third pilot season Aug. 28. As in the past, viewers will be able to provide feedback on the pilots to determine if they’ll be ordered to series. Since this crowd-pleasing model first launched three years ago, Amazon has brought several new shows to online viewers, including the upcoming premieres of “Bosch” (based on the book series); “Mozart in the Jungle,” starring Gael García Bernal;…
 
 
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    Backstage.com News

  • Amazon Sets Premiere Dates for 5 New Pilots

    20 Aug 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Giving Netflix a run for its money in terms of the sheer number of original series under its belt, growing production company Amazon Studios will premiere its third pilot season Aug. 28. As in the past, viewers will be able to provide feedback on the pilots to determine if they’ll be ordered to series. Since this crowd-pleasing model first launched three years ago, Amazon has brought several new shows to online viewers, including the upcoming premieres of “Bosch” (based on the book series); “Mozart in the Jungle,” starring Gael García Bernal;…
  • The Lambs Is Still Thriving 140 Years Later

    20 Aug 2014 | 10:00 am
    The Lambs were a bunch of actors pretending to be gentlemen, the Players were gentlemen pretending to be actors, and the Friars were neither pretending to be both, goes an old adage about the three infamous theatrical social clubs of New York. Founded in 1874, the Lambs is the oldest of the three—the oldest in the country, in fact. Today it remains a place for show-biz people to gather, connect, support, and inspire each other. The Lambs of New York was founded as an extension of its London counterpart, established in 1869 by a group of actors who used to visit Charles and Mary…
  • Now Casting ‘The Masquerade’ and Upcoming Auditions

    20 Aug 2014 | 7:21 am
    Talent is currently being sought for the short film “The Masquerade.” “The Masquerade” is a short film in which Gina and her boyfriend go on an adventure in search of a treasure. This is a paid gig, and the role of Gina as well as supporting roles are being cast. Submissions are being sought from NYC, and the production will shoot this October. For more details, check out the casting notice for “The Masquerade” here, and be sure to check out the rest of our audition listings!
  • L.A. Now Casting ‘Angelic’ and Upcoming Auditions

    20 Aug 2014 | 7:11 am
    Talent is currently being sought for the short film “Angelic.” “Angelic” is a student film for USC about “a struggling writer who, after stealing a story idea from a trusted colleague, must contend with his hard-partying, rebellious guardian angel.” The lead role of Jake Mayhew and several supporting roles are being cast, though this is not a paid gig.  Submissions are being sought from the Los Angeles area. For more details, check out the casting notice for “Angelic” here, and be sure to check out the rest of our Los…
  • 48 L.A. and NYC Outdoor Movies to See Before Summer’s Over

    19 Aug 2014 | 10:00 am
    If you haven’t yet caught a movie outdoors this summer, then you’re missing out! On a nice night, pack your bag with a picnic blanket, snacks, and bug spray, and head out to one of these flicks under the night sky! NEW YORK CITY August 20What: “The Way We Were”Who: Starring Barbra Streisand and Robert Redford, the classic Sydney Pollack-directed romantic drama won two Oscars at the 1974 ceremony.Where: Central Park Conservancy Film Festival What: “Who Framed Roger Rabbit”Who: Bob Hoskins, Christopher Lloyd, Joanna Cassidy, and others. Where: South Street…
 
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    Backstage.com Interview

  • Emmys 2014: Joe Mantello on Not Being Scared of ‘The Normal Heart’

    20 Aug 2014 | 12:10 pm
    “I think I was a timid actor,” said Joe Mantello. But if you’ve seen his Emmy-nominated turn in “The Normal Heart,” that statement might surprise you. After all, the HBO film, adapted from Larry Kramer’s landmark play, tackles the early days of the AIDS crisis with the savagery of a bare-knuckle boxer. And even in a cast that includes fellow Emmy nominees Mark Ruffalo, Julia Roberts, Matt Bomer, and Alfred Molina, Mantello’s performance is especially fearless. As Mickey Marcus, a co-founder of Gay Men’s Health Crisis, he delivers a blistering…
  • Adrien Brody Defies Death in ‘Houdini’

    20 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    Time is not kind to legerdemain. As the years pass, magicians who once wowed thousands fall by the wayside as technology relentlessly advances, rendering their sleights of hand obsolete. And then there’s Harry Houdini. More than a century after his heyday, Houdini remains a household name where his rivals have disappeared. And to underscore his continued relevance, History premieres its two-part miniseries Sept. 1 and 2, directed by Uli Edel and starring Adrien Brody as the man who defied death and defined the American dream. Coaxing the Oscar winner to star on a cable miniseries was…
  • UCB Artistic Director Mike Still’s 2 Ways to Capture Your Character Quickly

    19 Aug 2014 | 11:00 am
    Upright Citizens Brigade (UCB) has been prime performance and training real estate for improv actors on the east and west coasts for years. Boasting an alumni list that includes Amy Poehler, Lennon Parham, Rob Riggle, Rob Corddry, Aubrey Plaza, Ed Helms, Aziz Ansari, and dozens more, UCB has maintained its top-tier reputation with the help of the comedic actors that get on their stages and the artistic directors that put them there. Mike Still, artistic director at the UCB Theatre Los Angeles, talks about why actors should consider cutting their comedic teeth with improv and how to channel…
  • 6 Steps to Deepen Your Craft from ‘Ray Donovan’s’ Vinessa Shaw

    19 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    No longer running from Disney’s Sanderson sisters in “Hocus Pocus,” Vinessa Shaw is currently shaking up the world of “Ray Donovan” as Kate, a reporter searching for the truth on Sully Sullivan’s murder. The child-turned-adult actor continues to rise to new acting challenges. On growing up.“I had done the child acting thing, which is pretty much learning your lines, standing there looking natural, and having fun. [‘Eyes Wide Shut’ showed] me what acting could be. I was able to find the process within that experience. It was delving deep…
  • How ‘Love Is Strange’s’ Small Budget Didn’t Discourage Big Talent

    18 Aug 2014 | 11:00 am
    Written and directed by Ira Sachs, “Love Is Strange” needed a cast with the talent of his caliber to bring the drama to life. “We were just looking for two talented actors to be honest,” says the film’s casting director, Avy Kaufman, who’s worked with Sachs before (“Married Life,” “Keep the Lights On”). “They’re two exceptional actors and the chemistry is all up to them, and the chemistry was just beautiful.” Kaufman says this referring to the film’s stars, Alfred Molina and John Lithgow. The two play…
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  • Natalie Weiss Hosts Carner & Gregor's 2014 BARELY LEGAL Concert at 54 Below Tonight

    20 Aug 2014 | 10:30 pm
    Musical theater writing team Sam Carner and Derek Gregor's 6th Annual 'Barely Legal Show-Tune Extravaganza' is set for tonight The annual contest rewards college student performers with the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to attend week-long intensive workshops led by Broadway stars, casting directors, agents, actors and more, culminating in concerts tonight, August 21 at 700pm and 930pm at New York's premier cabaret venue 54 Below, 254 W 54th St.
  • Bret Shuford Launches Five-City Tour of CHARMING: A TALE OF AN AMERICAN PRINCE Today

    20 Aug 2014 | 10:30 pm
    Bret Shuford is taking CHARMING A TALE OF AN AMERICAN PRINCE on tour this fall, beginning tonight, August 21 in New York City and stopping in Los Angeles, Laguna Beach, Orlando and Houston. Directed by Lennie Watts, the show also features musical direction by Tracy Stark.
  • Jane Lynch Will Announce Chicago's Jeff Awards Equity Nominations Today

    20 Aug 2014 | 10:30 pm
    The Joseph Jefferson Awards Committee will announce the nominations for the 2013-2014 Equity season this morning, August 21, 2014 in Chicago. Actress and Chicago native Jane Lynch will preside over the announcement, which will be available for viewing later in the day at www.jeffawards.org, along with a complete list of nominees.
  • Behind The Scenes Of FINDING NEVERLAND

    20 Aug 2014 | 10:01 pm
    The out of town tryout production of new PETER PAN-inspired musical FINDING NEVERLAND is currently underway and a new video interview with the show's stars, Jeremy Jordan and Laura Michelle Kelly, is now available to view.
  • THEATRICAL THROWBACK THURSDAY: Rosie O'Donnell Gives A Mile To HEDWIG & THE ANGRY INCH

    20 Aug 2014 | 10:01 pm
    In honor of Andrew Rannells stepping into the Tony Award-winning stilettos of Neil Patrick Harris as the titular HEDWIG amp THE ANGRY INCH, today we take a look back at the first time John Cameron Mitchell amp Stephen Trask's masterpiece appeared on national TV via THE ROSIE O'DONNELL SHOW.
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    Jane Fonda

  • STARTING THE NEW SERIES, “GRACE & FRANKIE,” WITH LILY TOMLIN, MARTIN SHEEN & SAM WATERSTON

    Jane
    17 Aug 2014 | 11:23 am
    I was very excited when Martin Sheen was cast as my husband and Sam Waterston as Lily’s. It feels good to have my pal from “The Newsroom” with us on this new adventure. Most of my Newsroom scenes were with him and I grew to care for him a lot. I’ve never worked with Martin before but we’ve met on several occasions and we share values and concerns…actually, all four of us do. Another thing we all have in common is Aaron Sorkin. Between “West Wing” and “The Newsroom” we’ve all worked for him. We began shooting “Grace &…
  • GoldDerby.com: Jane Fonda is back in the Emmy derby — and this time she’s ‘stoned’ (and nice)

    JF.com
    1 Aug 2014 | 9:48 pm
    Jane Fonda is back in the Emmy derby competing for Best Guest Drama Actress for her role in “The Newsroom” as eccentric media tycoon Leona Lansing – and this time she’s got several strong plusses: she’s nice, she’s stoned (more on that in a moment) and she gives a rousing speech in the episode she submitted to judges (“Red Team III”). click here for the complete article
  • LAST DAY ON THE NEWSROOM

    Jane
    18 Jul 2014 | 9:31 am
    I feel very sad. Being on this show, being able to say Aaron Sorkin’s brilliant dialogue, working with amazing actors who also happen to be exceptional people– Jeff Daniels, Sam Waterston, Emily Mortimer, Chris Messina.. Has been a huge experience and real treat. I’ve learned a lot watching all of them and talking to them. This last series of scenes that will bring “The Newsroom” to it’s close has brought a new actor into the group: actor/writer BJ Novak who’s been fun and fascinating to get to know. Maybe you know him from “The Office”.
  • PAOLO SORRENTINO & ROME

    Jane
    11 Jul 2014 | 2:20 pm
    Maestro Aldo Signoretti putting on one of my 3 wigs for my last scene in “Youth.” This film, “Youth,” has been a wonderful and very different experience for me. For those of you who are unfamiliar with director Sorrentino’s work, he won the Best Foreign Film Oscar this year for “The Great Beauty“ which was a stunning, Fellini-esque, plunge into the world of Roman high society just as his previous “Il Divo” was a plunge into the intertwined corruptions of the government of President Andreotti, the Mafia and the Vatican. In the opinion…
  • THANK YOU, DAVID O. RUSSELL

    Jane
    25 Jun 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Maya Rudolph, me, Catherine Keener and David O. Russell. (photo taken by Jeffrey Dunn). You know how sometimes the very thing you need the most at a particular moment suddenly appears? It can come in many forms . . . a book, a prayer, a person, a film, a letter, an epiphany. Well, many months ago, film director David O. Russell (“Silver Linings Playbook,” “American Hustle,” “The Fighter, “Three Kings”…you get the idea: he’s one of the best!) told me I was going to be invited to speak at the annual dinner held in Boston in June to celebrate…
 
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    The Wicked Stage

  • Play On

    Rob Weinert-Kendt
    12 Aug 2014 | 8:25 am
    I've mentioned it a few times in this space, but it's official now: Today is the release of a CD I helped make with my old film-school and campus newspaper colleague Susan Lambert: O Baby Mine: Sing a Song of Shakespeare, a collection of songs based on and/or inspired by Will's works and words, geared toward kids but (we hope) also bearable listening for their whole family. I can quote from an actual press release from Ken Werther:O Baby Mine: Sing A Song of Shakespeare is for anyone who wants to share their love of theatre, music, and the Bard and his language with their families. Featuring…
  • The Word Word

    Rob Weinert-Kendt
    11 Aug 2014 | 5:44 pm
    My first exposure to Dennis Miles' work was inauspicious: His one-act Rosa Mundy, about a strange young woman who alternately lusted for and killed visitors to her lonely home, was staged as part of a one-act festival at, if memory serves, Theatre Geo on Highland Ave. It was simpering and soapy, as I recall. But then I happened to see it again at the far edgier Theatre of NOTE on Cahuenga, in a production by director Diane Robinson that brought out the work's odd intensity and intense oddness; I remember in particular the sight of blowzy Elaina McBroom riding dementedly on a tricycle, a…
  • Iceland Follies

    Rob Weinert-Kendt
    8 Aug 2014 | 7:49 am
    I spent a fascinating afternoon a few weeks ago at the Minetta Lane Theatre in Greenwich Village talking to some unfailingly gracious Icelanders, and a few slightly baffled American actors, about a strange new musical they're working on called Revolution in the Elbow of Ragnar Agnarsson Furniture Painter. I learned a bit more about Iceland's acute economic crisis (parallel to ours and everybody's in 2008, but much worse) than I'd known before, and I learned that there are very good reasons Icelanders' names often seem to be interchangeable (patronyms is one reason, a rigorously tight naming…
  • Hope at NOTE

    Rob Weinert-Kendt
    8 Aug 2014 | 7:35 am
    Ballinger and NithapalanI had the pleasure of breaking bread (larb, actually) with Erik Patterson yesterday. He's an L.A.-based playwright whose work I admired more than a decade ago at Theatre of NOTE in Hollywood (loved his Yellow Flesh Alabaster Rose, was more mixed on the sequel, Red Light Green Light); he was in town to soak up some N.Y. theater in advance of his birthday (which is today, if memory serves; so happy birthday, Erik!). His newest play at NOTE, I Wanna Hold Your Hand, is not about the Beatles but is based on a personal tragedy I've written about in this space twice…
  • Tough Deal

    Rob Weinert-Kendt
    7 Jul 2014 | 11:59 am
    My heart sank early and often last week at the City Center concert rendition of Randy Newman’s Faust, but never so low as when Newman muffed one of his own best lines. That he was onstage at all, half-playing the piano, half-playing the role of the Devil, and generally serving as the evening’s impish emcee, was the evening’s signature mistake. While his droll presence is usually entirely welcome--his solo live shows are some of my favorites in memory--having him at the piano to guide us through the alternately brilliant and flimsy score, and even more flimsy book, of his 1995 musical…
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    Parabasis

  • Who Should Run the Guthrie?

    Parabasis
    28 Jul 2014 | 7:41 am
    Marianne Combs has a great roundup of people who her readers think should be considered for the Guthrie AD job. There’s some good folks on there, but I think they’re missing a couple. So here, humbly, are my suggestions: André Gregory   The legendary director most famous for his collaborations with playwright and actor Wallace Shawn would bring a new intimacy and rigor to the work at the Guthrie. Hiring such a huge name would also bring national media attention. Downside: Would only produce one play every seventeen years.   Joe Dowling   This might seem an…
  • If I Ran The Zoo (Some Ornery Thoughts About The Equity Showcase Code)

    Parabasis
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:24 am
    By Isaac Butler The never-slayable Hydra of Equity Showcase Code Reform is raising its head again over at the Full of IT blog, courtesy of this piece by actor Shaun Fauntleroy.  For any non-theatre-insiders reading this blog, this might seem inside baseball, so let me just quickly explain: The actors' union (Equity) has a variety of different codes that producers operate under if they want to use union labor. These vary by market, by theater size, etc. and so forth. In New York, Equity created something called The Showcase Code, which allows Union actors to work essentially…
  • Fritz Lang's Man Hunt

    Parabasis
    23 Jul 2014 | 12:02 pm
    By Isaac Butler Few films demonstrate the gulf between Fritz Lang in full directorial flight and just punching the clock than his 1942 thriller Man Hunt. It’s a fascinating film, both visually brilliant and heavily compromised  by the tropes of its genre and the Hays Code’s obsequious devotion to shifting political winds.  Man Hunt is a Hollywood film about the necessity of military confrontation with Nazi Germany shot prior to US involvement in WWII, directed by a German exile. It wants to both communicate the casual brutality of the Nazis and succeed as a popcorn thriller,…
  • RIP Elaine Stritch

    Parabasis
    17 Jul 2014 | 9:58 am
    by Isaac Butler     There are no words.  
  • The Story of Film

    Parabasis
    16 Jul 2014 | 6:12 am
    By Isaac Butler Anne and I recently finished watching "The Story of Film: An Odyssey" on Netflix last month, and while it's a pretty amazing documentary series-- ideosyncratic, filled with fascinating information, lovingly put together-- I found myself nagged throughout with the suspicion that a fast one was being pulled on us. That this Story was missing some key components, and frequently getting its facts wrong.  Obviously, you can't cover everything in 915 minutes, and writer/director/narrator Mark Cousins' decision to keep the series firmly focused on…
 
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    Theater Loop - Chicago Tribune

  • About Face announces 2014-15 season

    20 Aug 2014 | 3:29 pm
    About Face Theatre announced its full 2014-15 season on Wednesday.
  • Shakespeare's story, a smartphone's eyes, your experience

    20 Aug 2014 | 2:35 pm
    High on my list of the top Chicago shows of 2011 was "En Route," a remarkable show created by a boutique Australian theater company called One Step at a Time Like This. Due in part to its very limited capacity — the Melbourne-based company specializes in kinetic theater that plays to one moving...
  • Standup Scene: Take a risk in honor of Robin Williams

    20 Aug 2014 | 11:10 am
    I was on my way to see a comedy show last week when I learned of the death of Robin Williams. You can say many things about the standup of Williams. His style was manic, intelligent, at times deeply personal and almost always highly physical. He was a comic bull in a china shop. He was...
  • Court Theatre will host memorial service

    20 Aug 2014 | 10:26 am
    Court Theatre said Tuesday that it will host a memorial service at 7 p.m. Monday in honor of its master electrician of the past two seasons, Brenton Wright. Wright, who was 27, was killed Aug. 6 in a rock-climbing accident in California. Wright worked on 25 different shows at the theater over a...
  • Piven announces 2014-15 season

    20 Aug 2014 | 9:01 am
    The venerable Piven Theatre Workshop has announced its 2014-15 season. 
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    one playwright. one blog.

  • Panama Canal Turns 100 Years Old!

    rfenwick2014
    19 Aug 2014 | 8:54 am
    Last Friday was the Panama Canal’s 100th birthday! Dubbed one of the “Seven Wonders of the Modern World” by the American Society of Civil Engineers, the canal connects the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans in order to expedite international trade. Upwards of 13,000 vessels a year make the 48-mile journey between the oceans, moving over 200 million tons of cargo.     Take a minute to acknowledge the enormous feat accomplished by mankind, and learn more about what George’s life was like as he helped to build the Panama Canal.  Click here to continue reading…
  • Throwback Thursday!

    rfenwick2014
    14 Aug 2014 | 10:44 am
    Can you guess who’s in this picture?     It’s our most beloved Frances Wilkerson who is playing Mrs. Dickson in Intimate Apparel this season! She is pictured here with Artistic Director Nathaniel Swift in Eclipse’s 2008 production of Neil Simon’s Plaza Suite.
  • New York City’s Population Changes and Intimate Apparel

    rfenwick2014
    12 Aug 2014 | 7:01 am
    The great things about plays set in the past is that you get a bit of an idea of what that time was like. Luckily, Lynn Nottage stays far away from giving us a history lesson, but gives us enough information, that once you find out other information about the period, you discover a lot through the play’s lens. The play does take place at a time when a lot of people were coming to New York City.  Both Esther and George come to New York City, so you would think they have that in common, and yet the period of nearly 20 years separating their migrations actually means a lot. At a certain…
  • Discovering more about Mr. Marks

    rfenwick2014
    11 Aug 2014 | 2:40 pm
    “What sort of things do you like to do?”  Mrs. Van Buren asks of Esther in Intimate Apparel. After mentioning her love for going to church, Esther describes her trips to Mr. Marks’ apartment. Her description sounds a bit odd to Mrs. Van Buren, who does not quite get Esther’s taste in “fun.” But what exactly is Esther describing? “And on Tuesdays… I take the trolley down to Orchard Street, and I climb five flights, in darkness, to this tiny apartment. And, when I open the door my eyes are met…” In these few short sentences, Lynn…
  • Throwback Thursday!

    rfenwick2014
    7 Aug 2014 | 2:42 pm
    As we begin another weekend of performances of Intimate Apparel, I can’t help but think how much fun we are having this season. Here is a THROWBACK to the first show of the season: Ruined.  This is a picture from rehearsals, before the set was built and before costumes were added! Last weekend, we got to spend time with Ruined cast members TayLar, Krystal Mosley, and André Teamer at the Playwright Scholars Series reading of Lynn Nottage’s Crumbs from the Table of Joy. Loved getting to continue working with them!  
 
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    Theatre Minima

  • Signs of a Malfunctioning Slow Cooker

    ftqhTxGnt8rT
    8 Aug 2014 | 6:13 am
    Slow cookers are godsend devices not only to housewives but to career persons, chefs, cooks and restaurateurs as well. They are a great-time saver, convenient to use and are just plain amazing in terms of cooking meals. Most of the best slow cookers on the market are almost perfect because they hardly break or breakdown compared to other kitchen appliances. Nonetheless, a day would still come that you will experience getting annoyed at the fact that your slow cooker got damaged. This article aims to help you identify the some hints that your slow cooker is not working properly. You can also…
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    On Stage Lighting

  • Nested Palettes in Stage Lighting Programming

    Rob Sayer
    10 Aug 2014 | 12:15 pm
    On Stage Lighting presents a quick guide to the use of “nested” palettes in stage lighting programming and some benefits from using this technique, along with potential problems that may arise for the unwary programmer. Remind me what palettes are again? If you remember from previous articles, palettes in stage lighting programming are building blocks of individual attributes (colour, gobos etc.) used to create whole scenes, particularly in a complex environment such as using ‘intelligent’ lights. The cues themselves are recorded containing these referenced building blocks with the…
  • NEW VIDEO QLab 3 Tutorial : Moving on from Qlab 2

    Rob Sayer
    22 Apr 2014 | 9:34 am
    This tutorial is a quick overview of the QLab 3 interface for anyone that already uses Qlab 2 or who have learned using my QLab 2 for beginner’s videos.Including the answer to the question ” Where has Load To Time gone in Qlab 3?” NEW VIDEO QLab 3 Tutorial : Moving on from Qlab 2 is a post from: On Stage Lighting You May Also Like: Qlab Tutorials Vectorworks Spotlight 2010 Tutorial For Beginners Moving Light Control Tutorial MagicQ Part 1 Hey Feed Readers, On Stage Lighting would like to get to know you a bit better. Follow me on Twitter . Contact with readers is the juice…
  • Book Review: A Practical Guide To Stage Lighting 3rd Edition – Steven Louis Shelley

    Rob Sayer
    2 Feb 2014 | 7:43 am
    Following the recent publication of the third edition of Steve Shelley’s book “A Practical Guide To Stage Lighting”, On Stage Lighting tackles this enormous beast of a book to see if we should replace our original copy. Shhh. It would be rude to say out loud but, like those of us that no longer tour, this book puts on more weight as the years go by. Originally published in 1999, Shelley’s editions don’t simply get revised with a few more pictures, tarted up or hacked about but actually re-appear like an old friend who seems to have had a few more trips to the buffet table since you…
  • The Rules Of Stage Lighting Design

    Rob Sayer
    27 Sep 2013 | 10:25 am
    Creative stage lighting design can be daunting to those starting out because, aside from the necessary technical understanding, it is essentially a game without rules. On Stage Lighting considers how the novice lighting designer can tackle such a game. Unlike the physics and the technicality and the budget and the time, facing the creative element of lighting design can seem to beginners like looking at a vast expanse of blank nothing, hoping for a clue that helps for better design than simply “making it up.” To help fill in this blank, it helps to be able to grasp certain parameters on…
  • Book Review – Light: Readings In Theatre Practice by Scott Palmer

    Rob Sayer
    9 Sep 2013 | 10:58 am
    New book out? Yes. Excited? Yes. On Stage Lighting takes a look at the newly published Light: Readings in Theatre Practice by Scott Palmer and wonders where such a book has been all our lives…. The arrival of a new book in the stage lighting world is always a bit of a red letter day for those of us keen on the subject. The early 21st century has seen growth of interest in lighting and increase of educational provision to meet the demand. Light in performance is a lot more, like, all up in everyone’s grill due big ol’ festies and the high profile TV shenanigans of things like Britain’s…
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    The Theatrefolk Weblog

  • Drama Teacher Academy Doors Closing!

    Craig Mason
    21 Aug 2014 | 4:01 am
    On the fence about joining the Drama Teacher Academy? Now is the time to take action! Get the PD you need when you need it. Workshops and lesson plans on demand. The response to the DTA has been tremendous. And now it’s time to close the doors so we can get to work focusing on our members. Doors close Friday! They WILL reopen but we have not set a date for that yet. NEW! The Drama Teacher Academy now has a private Facebook group that’s free to DTA members. Come hang out with the world’s friendliest drama teachers share tips and tricks of the trade. NEW! If you want to join but you…
  • Day One of the Drama Classroom

    Lindsay Price
    19 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    Episode 106: Day One of the drama classroom For many teachers, the first day of class is the most important day of the whole year. What do you do on “day one?” Listen to five drama teachers talk about what they do with their students to make the most out of that first day. Show Notes Join the Drama Teacher Academy Drama Teacher Academy Q&A Episode Transcript Welcome to TFP – The Theatrefolk Podcast – the place to be for Drama teachers, Drama students, and theatre educators everywhere. I’m Lindsay Price, resident playwright for Theatrefolk. Hello, I hope you’re well. Thanks…
  • The Drama Teacher Academy

    Lindsay Price
    12 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    Episode 105: The Drama Teacher Academy Announcing the Drama Teacher Academy! We are so excited to introduce our new membership site which offers workshops on demand. Lindsay talks about the site, the courses being offered and also talks to the three course instructors. Show Notes Join the Drama Teacher Academy Allison Williams Steven Stack Matt Webster Episode Transcript Welcome to TFP – The Theatrefolk Podcast – the place to be for Drama teachers, Drama students, theatre educators everywhere. I’m Lindsay Price, resident playwright for Theatrefolk. Hello, I hope you’re well.
  • Drama Teacher Academy Q and A

    Lindsay Price
    10 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    It has been a whirlwind week with the launch of The Drama Teacher Academy! This is a brand new project and a brand new adventure so there have been a lot of questions. We want to make sure you know exactly what the DTA is and what it’s all about, so let’s answer those questions. How long do I have to stay once I join the DTA? DTA is a monthly membership site. You can stay with the DTA for however long you want. There’s no minimum time commitment. If you ever decide not to continue with us, you can cancel your account. You’ll have access to your materials until the end of your…
  • Drama Teacher Academy Launch Bonus Ends today

    Lindsay Price
    8 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    The Drama Teacher Academy is a professional development membership site with workshops on demand especially for drama teachers and educators. The doors are open and are ready for you! Click the link below to become a charter member. Don’t miss out on our special launch bonus If you join the Drama Teacher Academy before midnight on August 8th  (that’s tonight!!)  we’ll double your first month’s credits. Instead of 60 credits, you’ll get 120. You can use them to take two courses or pick a course and some lesson plans, or save your bonus credits to use later. This bonus…
 
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    Greenroom

  • Review: Pale Blue Dot – La Boite Theatre Company at the Roundhouse

    Kate Foy
    27 Jul 2014 | 4:11 am
    Images: Dylan Evans Brisbane’s winter theatre season is in full-swing each year come July. I often remark to fellow theatre-lovers that we’re spoiled for choice these days – halleluia! It hasn’t always been this way, of course. Wednesday night last week and we had a world premiere of Kathryn Marquet‘s entertaining new work PALE BLUE DOT, directed by Michael Futcher. It was also the first opening night for new La Boite Artistic Director Chris Kohn and the first time we’ve had a play set in Toowoomba. (Cheer for the home town.) Ms Marquet’s…
  • Review: 1984 – shake & stir theatre company at QPAC Playhouse

    Rex J. Ablett
    20 Jul 2014 | 8:18 pm
    Images: Dylan Evans It’s tempting to discuss the plethora of socio-cultural themes and talking points that always seem to emerge whenever George Orwell’s, 1984 is rediscovered. However, and in the spirit of sparing our Greenroom readers an exhaustive and exhausting deconstruction of the source material, I want to focus more specifically on shake & stir’s interpretation, appropriation and ultimately adaptation of the classic novel first published in 1948. shake & stir’s production of 1984 has returned to Brisbane after a long national tour.
  • A Singer’s Warmup? There’s an app for that.

    Editor
    22 Jun 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Ed: Thanks to Queensland Conservatorium final year Musical Theatre major Connor Sweeney who has road-tested a couple of popular vocal warmup apps for Greenroom. Connor has indicated the pros and cons of each in the article below. By the way, there are lots and lots out there. Check the link at the end of the article. Thanks, Connor. A performer’s warm up should leave him or her in a focused, optimistic emotional state, with awareness of the body’s strengths and weaknesses to work on for the day. A good warmup needs to be more than a hasty throat clearing after the first cappuccino…
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    The Bad Boy of Musical Theatre

  • Mine Will Be Too

    Scott Miller
    19 Aug 2014 | 12:35 pm
    I have a confession to make. I hate stage directions. I do my best to ignore them.Much of the time, stage directions are descriptions of the original production. Of course, when you read a script, there's no way to know which stage directions come from the writers and which come from the original director's staging. I guess I use stage directions the same way my father used to use the assembly instructions that came with my toys – they're the last resort after you've tried everything else. I'm only half kidding. In fact, I use the stage directions so sporadically that when I…
  • Made in America

    Scott Miller
    17 Aug 2014 | 12:37 pm
    As I've written about here before, I love research.And I thought it might be interesting for my blog readers to get a sense of what I've been doing the last few weeks to prepare for Bonnie & Clyde. I've found some really cool books and DVDs that are giving me so much insight into this time and place, and into the characters themselves.These are the DVDs I'm working my way through...The Great Depression was the first video I watched. I knew a lot about this period (from research on The Wild Party and The Cradle Will Rock), but this four-part documentary from the History Channel was a…
  • That Girl's Got Somethin'

    Scott Miller
    12 Aug 2014 | 1:24 pm
    The song "Bonnie" in Act II of Bonnie & Clyde is a fascinating number. This is one of those private, honest, unguarded moments between our heroes, no bravado, no bullshit, no showing off. (And no, Clyde won't be naked in a bathtub in our production, like he was on Broadway. This is not a show about sex or getting actors to take their clothes off.) In the previous scene between these two, Bonnie reads Clyde her poem about them. This song is sort of Clyde's response. The book Go Down Together says that Clyde carried a guitar with him much of the time, and he loved to play and…
  • Bonnie & Clyde

    Scott Miller
    8 Aug 2014 | 11:02 am
    I saw Bonnie & Clyde on Broadway in 2011 and really loved both the material and the production. I wrote a blog post about it when I got back to my hotel that night. I later saw a bootleg video of the show at the LaJolla Playhouse in 2009, before coming to Broadway. Now digging into the show as we start rehearsals, something occurs to me.First, this isn't a love story. At LaJolla, it was a very good show, but it was a love story, including a killer love duet called "This Never Happened Before." But on Broadway, they didn't have to tell the audience that Bonnie & Clyde loved each…
  • You're On to Something, Bobby...

    Scott Miller
    5 Aug 2014 | 12:53 pm
    I've had a correspondence with Stephen Sondheim since the early days of New Line. At the start of our second season in 1992, we asked lots of Broadway musical people to donate items for a special celebrity auction. So many people sent stuff -- Elaine Strich sent an autographed copy of the "Ladies Who Lunch" sheet music, Gwen Verdon sent a scarf she had worn onstage in a show, Kander & Ebb sent an autographed copy of the sheet music for "New York, New York," and Hal Prince, Jim Lapine, Harnick & Bock, Patricia Zlipprodt, and many others donated autographed books, music, Playbills, etc.
 
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    TDF STAGES: A THEATRE MAGAZINE

  • Get Your Hands on a Broadway Legend’s Shirt

    Mark Blankenship
    20 Aug 2014 | 10:11 am
    Inside the latest bag sale at the TDF Costume Collection — When TDF’s Costume Collection has a bag sale, customers can dress like Broadway stars. Literally. All year round, the Collection rents professional costumes at a reasonable price to non-profit theatres, colleges, high schools, and other arts programs across the country. However, even though its more »
  • She’s Standing Next to Herself

    Raven Snook
    19 Aug 2014 | 7:44 am
    Samantha Soule is one of two people playing her character in  And I and Silence — Welcome to Building Character, our ongoing look at performers and how they create their roles Crafting a character is always a collaborative process, with the performer, playwright, director, and designers all informing how a person moves from the page more »
  • When Do You Stop Seeing the Barbed Wire?

    Mark Blankenship
    18 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    The startling set design of a new Holocaust play — It’s always there, stretched across the stage. For the entire 70 minutes of The Good and the True, a play based on the recollections of Holocaust survivors Hana Pravda and Milos Dobry, barbed wire hangs between us and the actors. Even after the characters survive more »
  • WATCH: Meet New Jersey Repertory Company

    Mark Blankenship
    15 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    From time to time, TDF Stages will highlight exciting Off and Off-Off Broadway theatre companies with exclusive “getting to know you” videos. Today we’re featuring New Jersey Repertory Company, where new plays are a calling. Through August 31, New Jersey Rep presents its latest world premiere, Robert Caisley’s Lucky Me. Later this season, it will more »
  • Write in Plain Sight

    TDF
    14 Aug 2014 | 7:46 am
    One dramatist’s tale of writing in front of an audience Our special guest contributor, playwright Jenny Lyn Bader, shares her experiences as part of the month-long installation Write Out Front: A Playwright Happening, featuring more than 125 theatre writers working in the window of the Drama Book Shop through the end of August. Last Friday, more »
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    Theatrical Intelligence

  • My Inner Critic, My Friend

    Ann Sachs
    28 Jul 2014 | 8:54 am
    Clearing out stacks of old boxes recently, I re-discovered my old theatrical reviews. The crumbling newspaper clippings instantly transported me back to the ’70s and 80′s: the 25 years I worked as a professional actress. Ann Sachs and Frank Langella on Broadway in DRACULA, 1978.© Martha Swope Re-reading the notices, I marveled that every single production was still with me, but something was missing… I had no memory of the good reviews. One flattering phrase after another felt as if I was reading love letters I’d never seen before, yet I knew that once upon a time I…
  • PLEASE DELETE PREVIOUS POST!

    Ann Sachs
    21 May 2014 | 1:59 am
      To all subscribers, I am so sorry about the mixed up post that arrived early morning May 21st. It was previously deleted, incomplete text. My mistake!    
  • On Mothers Day: A Letter From My Daughter

    Ann Sachs
    11 May 2014 | 6:13 pm
    I received this beautiful letter today from my daughter, Abigail, who lives in Los Angeles. She asked my permission to share it on her acupuncture blog, MAMAFLOAT. Of course I agreed. I’m bursting with pride as I write this and forgive me, I asked her if I could post it here. Thankfully, she also agreed. (This post is not part of Theatrical Intelligence except by association with me.) Dear Mom, On this 39th Mother’s Day since you became a mother, I am writing you a love letter. You know I love lists.  So here’s a Love List! I love you for patiently waiting 43 weeks for me to…
  • The Actor Is What We See, But Only 1/8 Of What Is There

    Ann Sachs
    11 Apr 2014 | 6:36 am
    Two earlier versions of this post were published in 2010 and 2012. Several colleagues asked me to re-post it, so here it is. When I work with individuals or groups on ways Theatrical Intelligence can make a difference in their lives, my goal is to stimulate an exploration into their creative core. The term Theatrical Intelligence evokes responses such as: ”Yes! It’ll help me when I have to give a presentation” to “Not my kind of thing – don’t like being in the spotlight” or “No way. Acting? Yuck!” There is an assumption that Theatrical…
  • Falling In Love With A Theatre

    Ann Sachs
    27 Mar 2014 | 1:31 am
    This article is revised from our Studio Newsletter archives in honor of World Theatre Day. What makes someone fall in love with a theatre? I asked a bunch of theatrical colleagues to name a theatre that they love and say why they love it. Here are some responses: “There are so many! But the one that comes to mind is THE GUTHRIE when it was being built and I was going to be playing Hamlet in the inaugural production. Tony [Tyrone Guthrie] and I walked into what felt like Yankee Stadium and I was terrified. How was I going to fill that space? Then when we walked down onto the stage,…
 
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    Encore Atlanta

  • Enter Garden’s scarecrow design contest by Aug. 22

    Kathy Janich
    8 Aug 2014 | 8:48 am
    Atlanta Botanical Garden's "Scarecrows in the Gardens" design contest is open for registration now through Aug. 22. Unleash your creative side.
  • Step in time to Aurora Theatre’s practically perfect ‘Mary Poppins’

    Kathy Janich
    7 Aug 2014 | 2:52 pm
      Aurora Theatre is staging the Broadway version of the megahit movie musical to almost universal acclaim. It’s based on the movie and P.L. Travers’ original stories, so much of the story is the same, but you’ll notice a few differences and a few new songs. The all-singing, all-dancing — and occasionally flying — Aurora cast will keep [...]
  • Fans and critics agee: Serenbe’s ‘Oklahoma!’ is more than OK

    Kathy Janich
    1 Aug 2014 | 8:36 am
      Serenbe Playhouse emphasizes the dark side of Oklahoma!, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s classic musical about farmers, cowmen, their loves and desires. It’s already been extended once. The critics: “The most magical production of the 1943 classic I’ve ever seen” (Wendell Brock, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution). This outdoor, site-specific staging features nature in all its glory, plus horses and a [...]
  • Atlanta playwright’s loss led to world premiere ‘Ravens & Seagulls’

    Kathy Janich
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:22 pm
      Ravens & Seagulls, a world premiere, is the co-winner of the 2014 Essential Theatre Play Festival. The script, by Atlanta playwright Karla Jennings, is based on events in her life. It features three women who face their ailing sister’s final days in ways described as emotionally raw and painfully funny. The cast: Teresa DeBerry, Patricia French, Jill Perry, Gina Rickicki, Suzanne Roush, Samuel Traquina and [...]
  • Music, spoken word rule NBAF in August

    Kathy Janich
    21 Jul 2014 | 11:52 am
    The second in a series of four Spotlight Series concerts curated by music legend Wynton Marsalis will pair Marsalis' jazz mentor Jimmy Heath and trumpeter Jeremy Pelt in an Aug. 23 concert.
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    Atlanta Theater Fans - Your Guide To Atlanta Theater And Online Community

  • Kenny Leon’s True Colors Theatre Company Presents Regional Premiere of August Wilson’s Final Work

    Admin
    19 Aug 2014 | 6:38 pm
    True Colors Theatre Company is proud to announce the Atlanta Premiere of August Wilson’s final work, his auto-biographical one-man show, How I Learned What I Learned starring Eugene Lee. Co-conceived and directed by Wilson’s longtime collaborator, Todd Kreidler, How I Learned What I Learned will run from October 7 – November 2, 2014 at Fulton ...
  • Cats | Atlanta Lyric Theatre

    Admin
    13 Aug 2014 | 8:04 pm
    Dates: August 8 through 24, 2014 Performances: August 8, 9, 10                        Fri. and Sat. at 8PM; Sun. at 2PM 14, 15, 16, 17              Thurs., Fri., and Sat. at 8PM; Sun. at 2PM 21, 22, 23, & 24, 2014            Thurs., Fri., and Sat. at 8PM; Sat. and Sun. at 2PM Tickets:  HJL$22 to $57 Box Office: 404-377-9948 Seating: ...
  • SCOTTY K LIVENS UP LAWRENCEVILLE: AURORA THEATRE COMEDY NIGHTS

    Admin
    13 Aug 2014 | 7:51 pm
    Aurora Theatre once again brings laughter to Gwinnett County and Northeast Georgia with Aurora Comedy Nights Friday, August 15-Saturday, August 16. Audiences will be entertained with high energy, animated performances and original comedy of Scotty K, who has shared the stage with funny guys Chris Tucker and Craig Robinson, as well as performed on BET’s ...
  • Series of Workshops Invites Learners to Get Hands-On at the Center for Puppetry Arts

    Admin
    13 Aug 2014 | 7:48 pm
    Guest artists, local talent and Center staff share their expertise on all aspects of puppetry A landmark in Atlanta for almost 36 years, the Center for Puppetry Arts serves as both an entertainment venue and an educational center, inspiring learners of all ages through performances, exhibits and workshops. For individuals eager to expand their knowledge ...
  • Aurora Theatre Academy Enrolling for Fall Classes

    Admin
    13 Aug 2014 | 7:45 pm
    With school back in session and families settling into the school year, Aurora Theatre announces an amazing array of classes for students this fall. The acclaimed Aurora Theatre Academy offers sessions for any student. From beginners to advanced and covering students in 1st-12th grade programs as well as, an Adult Acting Class. Aurora Theatre Director ...
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    Theatre Geeks

  • 134 Getting your show shut down — how to avoid it

    dave@theatregeeks.com (Dave Dufour, John Shoup, Marcia Fulmer)
    10 Aug 2014 | 5:59 pm
    There are some rules about play production — breaking them can result in getting your show shut down. Our friend and entertainment lawyer Gordon Firemark recently published this blog post on... More info at theatregeeks.com
  • To your health: staying well on stage

    dave@theatregeeks.com (Dave Dufour, John Shoup, Marcia Fulmer)
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:55 pm
    The Geeks share a few tips and tricks for fighting colds and other ailments that can play havoc with your performance. Music provided on this Bastille Day (as we’re recording this) by Music... More info at theatregeeks.com
  • 132 Up in Smoke: Smoking onstage in a non-smoking world

    dave@theatregeeks.com (Dave Dufour, John Shoup, Marcia Fulmer)
    20 Jul 2014 | 6:21 pm
    Smoking onstage and its alternatives Depending on your venue, audience and local laws, producing a script that requires that characters smoke can be problematic. Where smoking is prohibited in... More info at theatregeeks.com
  • 131 Theatre a la carte: using food onstage

    dave@theatregeeks.com (Dave Dufour, John Shoup, Marcia Fulmer)
    30 Jun 2014 | 9:00 am
    Food onstage can sometimes be a challenge Whether it’s staging a family dinner or dealing with a variety of beverages, food onstage is a special class of props that has its own set of issues... More info at theatregeeks.com
  • 130 Backstage Etiquette

    dave@theatregeeks.com (Dave Dufour, John Shoup, Marcia Fulmer)
    24 Jun 2014 | 8:01 pm
    Be respectful of both your audience and your fellow actors The Geeks have talked often about the annoying things that some audience members may do that hurt the theatregoing experience for everyone.... More info at theatregeeks.com
 
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    Shakespeare Geek

  • Look! A Shakespeare Smiley!

    6 Aug 2014 | 10:39 am
    I was flipped through the First Folio today (ya know, like ya do) because I'd become intrigued over the spelling of people's names.  I noticed for the first time that the web navigator I work with had a page labelled "Names of the Actors" deep near the end, next to Antony and Cleopatra, and I got excited.  Ooo!  Is that a list of which actors played which roles?Nope, alas, it is just what we now see referred to as the "Dramatis Personae", the list of characters in the play.  In this case it's actually at the end of the previous play, Othello. Not really "names of actors",…
  • Twelfth Night, Eleventh Year ... and First Gay Sir Andrew?

    5 Aug 2014 | 7:54 am
    Once again it's time for Commonwealth Shakespeare on Boston Common! This makes my eleventh year attending, and this year Twelfth Night is the show.Unlike last year's fiasco (part 1, part 2) there's not much of a story in getting to the show this year. In fact it worked out quite well as we had plans to visit some friends of my wife who live in the same town as my parents.  Visit friends, drop kids off at my parents for a sleepover, and we head into Boston!  It rained during the say, but pretty much cleared up by show time. This year we forego our usual takeout picnic from the local…
  • Impostor Syndrome

    23 Jul 2014 | 1:11 pm
    Do you know what impostor syndrome is? You can probably guess. It's that feeling you get when you have every right to claim some level of authority on a subject (say, almost ten years of posting almost three thousand articles) and yet you can't shake the nagging feeling that every time you say something, someone is going to pop up and say, "No, you're wrong! You don't know anything, what makes you think you have the right to talk about this subject?" Maybe you've spent your whole life surrounded by people who listen to you and say, "Wow, I didn't know that," and ask you questions about your…
  • Cheers!

    20 Jul 2014 | 4:00 pm
    No, seriously.  I'm talking about the 1980's sitcom, Cheers, set in Boston's Bull & Finch Pub. When I'm bored and need sound in the background I'll often turn on Netflix to stream old sitcoms like this, and earlier today we heard the Cheers theme song on the radio.Anyway, I'm watching the pilot when Diane (eventually the love interest) comes in with her current fiance, Professor Sumner Sloan, and they are discussing how they got engaged.  Sumner paraphrases whatever he might have said and Diane corrects him, saying, "Actually, what he said was 'Come with me and be my love, and…
  • Maybe His Face Is On The Bus

    18 Jul 2014 | 2:15 pm
    Ok, this probably doesn't deserve a blog post of its own but I think it's hysterical, it wouldn't fit on Twitter, and I block Facebook when I'm trying to get work done (even if, as now, that work is Shakespeare research).I found the following conclusion on a page of facts about our dear Shakespeare:William Shakespeare is one of the most identifiable icons of England. Others include members of England’s Royal family, Westminister Abbey, Big Ben, and red double-decker buses.(Spelling is as I found it.) I'm glad to see the world's greatest poet and playwright made the top five!  The mind…
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    Your Performance Partners

  • Inspiring Composer: Elmer Bernstein

    Your Performance Partners
    19 Aug 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Elmer Bernstein (right) with Buddy Clements Yesterday (August 18th) marked the 10th anniversary of the death of composer Elmer Bernstein, whose prolific talent enhanced more than 200 movies and television shows over a career spanning a half century — from 1951 to 2002. His extensive film credits include many genres, from westerns (Magnificent Seven) to dramas (To Kill a Mockingbird) to comedies (Animal House). Bernstein’s scores continue to be performed around the world, including a recent tribute at London’s Royal Albert Hall. Generous Spirit. In celebration of Bernstein’s life,…
  • Performing Arts on the Fringes

    Your Performance Partners
    12 Aug 2014 | 7:17 am
    Photo courtesy Minnesota Fringe Festival. Performers (l to r): Cheryl Skafte, Chris Nollet and Cathy Podeszwa. This week we’re inspired to explore the “fringe” movement and its growing influence in the performing arts. The 21st annual Minnesota Fringe Festival (MFF) concluded last Sunday, after presenting 169 different productions at 19 stages across Minneapolis over 11 days – nearly 900 total performances. Strong attendance figures for the opening weekend showed a similar trajectory to 2013, when the entire festival sold 50,000+ tickets. Open Expression. The U.S. Association of…
  • Rigging Problems, Part I: Where Should You Look for Signs of Wear?

    Your Performance Partners
    5 Aug 2014 | 11:50 am
    Equipment will wear down through regular use. If you increase the load, you increase the rate of wear. Do you know the common trouble spots in your venue? Sheaves. Overloading, uneven loading, and fleet angles are the most common culprits. Look for uneven wear in the groove, imprinting on the cable pattern in the groove, or cracks in the casting. Bearings. Sheaves should run smooth, straight, and silent at all times. Anything else is a problem. Particularly bad is a seized bearing, when an unloaded sheave won’t turn by hand. A seized bearing transfers quite a lot of friction to the shaft…
  • Performing Arts on Main Street

    Your Performance Partners
    29 Jul 2014 | 6:48 am
    The title “Performing Arts” often connotes high-brow images of luxury: tuxedo-clad conductor, formally dressed musicians, wealthy patrons, multi-million dollar concert hall, etc. That aura of exclusivity ignores the myriad of activities that comfortably fit under the metaphorical “big tent” of performing arts (lower case) – both indoors and out. This week we’ll offer a more main-street perspective, inspired by the VenueConnect annual conference wrapping up today in Portland. Conference Highlights. The Intl. Assoc. of Venue Mgrs. sponsors this annual event; IAVM represents…
  • Are Broadway Musicals Too Loud?

    Your Performance Partners
    22 Jul 2014 | 11:32 am
    “The increasingly loud, sometimes impossibly obstreperous volume of most recent Broadway musicals is the result of a perfect storm of the evolution in popular music, impact from other media, and innovations in technology.” – Laurence Maslon Professor Maslon of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts writes an interesting article (“Ears Are Ringing”) in the August 2014 issue of Opera News, chronicling the rise in decibel levels. In recommendation of the entire article, we’ll share a few highlights. Growing But Misunderstood. The sound-design field for Broadway musicals has expanded over…
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    The Study & Pursuit of Acting

  • I Gotta Get My Shit Together

    Allen Barton
    14 Aug 2014 | 11:59 am
    Ah, yes. I gotta get my shit together. It’s not exactly a new expression, but I dearly wish it would expire, like I gotta shoe my horse or I gotta go to Strawberries and get the latest LP. I gotta get my … Continue reading →
  • F— Improv Training

    Allen Barton
    15 May 2014 | 10:48 am
    Allow me to rage, give voice to thoughts hushed and guarded, unexpressed, trapped, traversing the crania of teachers of serious acting, for fear of grave offense against what THEY say, for fear of pissing off a longtime student who has … Continue reading →
  • Cynema (Or Cinema with a WHY?)

    Allen Barton
    8 May 2014 | 10:35 am
    [I posted this entry in 2010, but the topic keeps smacking me in the face, so I thought it was worth revisiting with an edit, update and repost.] It doesn’t quite work, because “Cynema” and “Cinema” are homonyms. Visually – … Continue reading →
  • Peer to Peer

    Allen Barton
    9 Apr 2014 | 10:16 am
    I’ve emphasized in plenty of entries here how important I think it is that actors follow up on all professional interactions. Auditions, callbacks, meetings, on-set work… Fact is, once an actor knows how to act, the business they’re really in … Continue reading →
  • A Prism Doesn’t Think

    Allen Barton
    24 Mar 2014 | 1:25 pm
    An actor is a prism. The writing is the light. Each writer, being utterly unique, will create a different variation of light. Each actor, being utterly unique, will refract light in his or her own distinct way, before even thinking … Continue reading →
 
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    Theatre Geeks

  • 134 Getting your show shut down — how to avoid it

    Dave Dufour
    10 Aug 2014 | 5:59 pm
    There are some rules about play production — breaking them can result in getting your show shut down. Our friend and entertainment lawyer Gordon Firemark recently published this blog post on how producers can make sure they don’t get their show shut down. Gordon’s insights sparked a conversation between the Geeks. Authors and play publishers set down a lot of rules about how you’re supposed to produce their plays. Rules can be both artistic and pertain to the marketing of your production, and you ignore them at your company’s peril. And while most requirements…
  • To your health: staying well on stage

    Dave Dufour
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:55 pm
    The Geeks share a few tips and tricks for fighting colds and other ailments that can play havoc with your performance. Music provided on this Bastille Day (as we’re recording this) by Music Alley. Theatre Geeks - community theatre and the performing arts
  • 132 Up in Smoke: Smoking onstage in a non-smoking world

    Dave Dufour
    20 Jul 2014 | 6:21 pm
    Smoking onstage and its alternatives Depending on your venue, audience and local laws, producing a script that requires that characters smoke can be problematic. Where smoking is prohibited in public places it is sometimes allowed in stage performances, but audiences may still not accept it or approve. Some audience members may be sensitive to smoke, and some venues, such as schools, may not allow smoking under any circumstances. What to do? The Geeks discuss the question of smoking onstage and some available alternatives. Theatre Geeks - community theatre and the performing arts
  • 131 Theatre a la carte: using food onstage

    Dave Dufour
    30 Jun 2014 | 9:00 am
    Food onstage can sometimes be a challenge Whether it’s staging a family dinner or dealing with a variety of beverages, food onstage is a special class of props that has its own set of issues and potential pitfalls. The Geeks talk about their experiences (some good, some not-so-good) with food onstage and how to reduce the problems. Music provided by Music Alley. Theatre Geeks - community theatre and the performing arts
  • 130 Backstage Etiquette

    Dave Dufour
    24 Jun 2014 | 8:01 pm
    Be respectful of both your audience and your fellow actors The Geeks have talked often about the annoying things that some audience members may do that hurt the theatregoing experience for everyone. This time, they delve into the topic of backstage etiquette for both cast and crew. Sometimes little things can cause large problems, even when we may not intend them to. Talking, whispering, being in the wrong position, not being in position at all, etc., are all matters of professionalism, etiquette and respect for each other. Send us YOUR thoughts on this episode, and we may record a . . .
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    Home Theater Systems

  • Home theater experts give tips on how to buy and install appliance

    Daniel Huter
    13 Aug 2014 | 3:37 am
    When buying a flat screen TV it is common to also invest in a sound system film to take home. The home theater consisting of boxes of different sizes have to be chosen according to the environment in which it will be installed and positioned correctly. Otherwise end up doing only noise", experts say instead of creating an enjoyable listening experience Besides, with TVs getting thinner the small size of its frame ends up limiting the capacity of the built-in audio system in them A home theater just supplying this deficiency" with multiple boxes and external to the TV sound. Here are tips from…
  • Wireless Speakers Offer Excellent Sound Selection

    Daniel Huter
    11 Apr 2014 | 5:33 am
    Technology is constantly evolving and introducing new products to an already full line of home theater products. While not the newest kids on the block, wireless speaker technology is also advancing at a rate that prices are no longer out of reach of the average consumer and the value of being able to move your speakers around without going to the work of rewiring is appealing to consumers on an increasingly large scale. I always try to keep in mind when buying new electronics and electronic components that this year's technology will sell at half the price this time next year. For this…
  • The Great Installation Debate

    Daniel Huter
    11 Apr 2014 | 5:32 am
    One huge questions looms in the minds of many who elect to purchase massive home theater systems for their homes: Do I install it myself or pay for installation? This great debate seems to consume consumers the world over and there really is no easy answer as it completely and entirely depends on your own confidence of your abilities and whether or not you will postpone the work for six months or get right to it once you get your home theater-well home. In my house it all depends on who wants the product most and who has the ability to handle an installation. I've learned that when it comes…
  • Why Buy Home Theater Kits?

    Daniel Huter
    11 Apr 2014 | 5:32 am
    You will find all kinds of homes around the country and around the world. Some are big, some are small, and some are simply average. When you are searching for home theater systems you will find the same thing. This is particularly true of the home theater systems that come as a package deal. While I do not normally endorse these purchases, just as all homes are not alike, neither are all people. This means that what may be best for me and my home theater may not be the best plan of action for you and your home theater.I definitely recommend listening to any home theater you are considering…
  • Selecting the Proper Television for your Home Theater

    Daniel Huter
    11 Apr 2014 | 5:31 am
    While there are many components that make up the average home theater system most people often overlook the importance of their televisions to the overall video and movie watching experience. As with all things in life, bigger, when it comes to televisions for your home theater, is not always better. There are many things that must be considered when selecting the best possible television for your home theater and size is only one of many. Mass retailers show televisions in a manner that suits their purpose, which is a sale. This doesn't mean that their methods for displaying their…
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    Life in the Theatre

  • The Triple Threat Performer

    Alison Moffatt
    19 Aug 2014 | 4:25 am
    Triple threat; this term is used an awful lot in the theatre industry, but what does it mean? And more importantly, how can you become one? In general terms a Triple Threat Performer; would be someone who can sing well, dance well and act well. However – the final piece of the puzzle is how well you can integrate the three skills. Why is it important to become a Triple Threat Performer? Look at Idina Menzel, she performs concerts, she always sing Defying Gravity (of course, why wouldn’t she?) and does she ever just stand still on the stage and sing? No! She gets so passionate about it,…
  • CLAP IF YOU BELIEVE

    Willow Kay
    14 Aug 2014 | 5:26 am
    The American Repertory Theatre’s dedicated artisan Diane Paulus is at it again with the world premiere musical, Finding Neverland. The story, based on true events turned popular movie, takes to the stage in a phantasmic way with the extensive push of movie-magician, Harvey Weinstein. And the surprising pair of influential theatre minds has everyone in Cambridge, Mass. jumping for joy. With a pop musical vibe (music written by Gary Barlow and Eliot Kennedy) and gritty contemporary choreography by the one and only Mia Michaels, the production is perfectly modern though despite the 1903…
  • DV8 & Taboo Relationships – A Postmodern Perspective

    Tuirenn Hurstfield
    14 Aug 2014 | 4:37 am
    DV8 is ‘an independent collective of dancers who had become frustrated and disillusioned with the preoccupation and direction of most dance.’[i] Their work is about taking aesthetic and physical risks to break down barriers between dance, theatre and personal politics. Like the postmodern works of Bausch, Wilson, Brecht and Artaud, DV8 strive to create a medium that, while being radical, is accessible to wide audience. Contesting Clause 28 In 1987, in Thatcherite Britain, gay men were under considerable public pressure owing to three fronts: the increased awareness of AIDS, hostile press…
  • How to: Relieve Tech Week Stress

    Dani
    9 Aug 2014 | 10:48 am
    We’ve all been there. At the point in the rehearsal period where you just want the show to be over with, but also excited to be at the most involved part of the production process: Tech week. Some even call it hell week. This dreaded yet loved week, or often less, of crunch time before a show, where the deadline for everything to become performance perfect is quickly arising. Even just reading that and thinking about it makes me stressed. Stress can even cause more health problems than we think: from constant fatigue, emotional imbalance, high blood pressure, ulcers, depression, and…
  • Stage Managers and Flexiblity: Adapting to a New Director

    Dani
    7 Aug 2014 | 7:46 pm
    I like to consider myself an expert at adapting. New places. New shows. And most of all: new directors. Stage managers need to do more than just manage the stage. Being flexible and able to quickly adapt is huge, especially when the director quits mid-production. Throughout the final 3 years of my high school experience we transitioned through 8 theatre teachers. That’s right, 8. Our teachers have left for nearly every reason under the sun. From legal troubles to financial troubles to being unqualified, we’ve seen it all. Our department was nearly 99% student run (the school…
 
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