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  • Interviews: The Book of Mormon's Gavin Creel Is Back From London and He Has His Eye on Sara Bareilles

    TheaterMania.com
    1 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    But first he's getting casual with Seth Rudetsky as part of Provincetown's Broadway @ The Art House concert series.
  • Sandy Wilson, Composer and Writer of ‘The Boy Friend,’ Dies at 90

    NYT > Theater
    By DANIEL E. SLOTNIK
    31 Aug 2014 | 6:55 pm
    Mr. Wilson wrote the book and composed the score for the musical “The Boy Friend,” Julie Andrews’s Broadway debut and later a Ken Russell movie.
  • Enjoy another Simpich Showcase Theater original

    Theater News
    31 Aug 2014 | 9:30 pm
    In Marionette artist, David Simpich 's presentation of Portrait: A Puppeteer's True Story - David along with string puppets of King David, Abraham Lincoln, the Elephant Man, Helen Keller, Pinocchio, and others explore events that have personally shaped and impacted his life.
  • Acting Jobs Could be Returning to Hollywood

    Backstage.com News
    30 Aug 2014 | 2:02 pm
    Los Angeles audition rooms and studio lots are about to get busier. Production flight from California is a problem almost as old as the original Hollywoodland neighborhood. But the departure of TV series and big-budgeted films has been accelerated in the past decade as states around the country have poured millions into their entertainment industry incentive programs. The emergence of production centers like New Orleans, Atlanta and Charlotte, North Carolina has boon a boon for local actors in these cities. At the same time, the Los Angeles acting community, particularly background…
  • 1 Way Almasi Enables International Artistic Collaboration

    Backstage.com Interview
    29 Aug 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Between playing Michonne on AMC’s “The Walking Dead” and launching “Familiar,” her latest play inspired by the experience of being a first-generation American, Danai Gurira has her hands full. But the actor-writer values the theater training she’s had and is now looking to provide similar training opportunities for artists living in her family’s home country of Zimbabwe. “I really thought I could help carve out and bring about the tangible structures that actually allow people to have an industry that runs,” says Gurira, who has partnered…
 
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    Theater News

  • Enjoy another Simpich Showcase Theater original

    31 Aug 2014 | 9:30 pm
    In Marionette artist, David Simpich 's presentation of Portrait: A Puppeteer's True Story - David along with string puppets of King David, Abraham Lincoln, the Elephant Man, Helen Keller, Pinocchio, and others explore events that have personally shaped and impacted his life.
  • Tableaux based on Akbar Radi's plays to go on stage at City Theater Complex

    31 Aug 2014 | 5:56 pm
    TEHRAN Stage director Mikaeil Shahrestani plans to stage seven tableaux based on seven works by acclaimed Iranian playwright Akbar Radi at the Chaharsu Hall of Tehran's City Theater Complex from October 10. "Glorious Smile of Mr. Gil", "Slowly with the Rose", "Death in Autumn", "Blue Hole" and "Night on Wet Pavement" and two other plays will be ... (more)
  • Joan Rivers' daughter: 'Fingers crossed'

    31 Aug 2014 | 2:24 pm
    The latest statement from Joan Rivers' daughter gave no new information about the comedian's condition three days after she was rushed to a New York hospital.
  • Disney's American Idol Experience has last show

    31 Aug 2014 | 10:51 am
    Disney's American Idol Experience wrapped up its roughly five-year run on Saturday, Aug. 30, with a heartwarming story straight from the fairytale handbook.
  • Vista club 'acting out' to raise theater funds

    31 Aug 2014 | 7:18 am
    Operations and Programs Coordinator Johnnie Johnson talks with her Boys & Girls Club of Vista drama class Wednesday.
 
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    Backstage.com News

  • Acting Jobs Could be Returning to Hollywood

    30 Aug 2014 | 2:02 pm
    Los Angeles audition rooms and studio lots are about to get busier. Production flight from California is a problem almost as old as the original Hollywoodland neighborhood. But the departure of TV series and big-budgeted films has been accelerated in the past decade as states around the country have poured millions into their entertainment industry incentive programs. The emergence of production centers like New Orleans, Atlanta and Charlotte, North Carolina has boon a boon for local actors in these cities. At the same time, the Los Angeles acting community, particularly background…
  • 6 Gigs to Submit Yourself for This Labor Day Weekend!

    29 Aug 2014 | 10:24 am
    Backstage casters are looking for our readers to fill some great roles. Here’s a list of six you might have missed this week, and that you might want to submit yourself for over the holiday weekend! “AMERICAN HORROR STORY: FREAK SHOW”The hit FX show is casting background actors and extras for a gay bar scene in the upcoming installation “Freak Show,” starring Emmy winner Jessica Lange and Sarah Paulson. This gig, based in New Orleans pays $101.50/hour with a 12-hour minimum. Additional compensation will be provided for fittings and necessary grooming. Note:…
  • 3 Ways Spotlight Rules the British Entertainment Industry

    29 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    In Leicester Square on London’s West End sits actors’ mecca Spotlight, a place to be seen by casting directors and agents, to audition for your next big gig, to receive guidance, to get your sides, and to launch your career. A casting directory, Spotlight was founded in 1927 and has grown from small paper directories with actors’ information and photos to a 30,000-performer member database with countless assets. One of its many resources is Spotlight Link, a breakdown service for casting directors and production professionals. “When that started it was kind of one or…
  • L.A. Now Casting ‘Double Six’ and Upcoming Auditions

    29 Aug 2014 | 7:32 am
    Talent is currently being sought for the short film “Double Six.” “Double Six” is about two young couples and the unusual game they play thanks to a box of vintage dominoes. “Each flip of the dominoes takes them to unforeseen turns where they find themselves dealing with a dark unleashed spirit. Targeted by a dark disembodied spirit, they begin experiencing otherworldly incidents that threaten to engulf them all.”  Several lead and supporting roles are being cast for this gig, though no pay will be provided. Submissions are being sought from the Los…
  • Now Casting ‘The Liquid Plain’ and Other Upcoming Auditions

    29 Aug 2014 | 7:20 am
    Talent is currently being sought for the play “The Liquid Plain.” “The Liquid Plan” is a play from the Signature Theatre Company “that brings to life a group of people whose stories have been erased from history.” Several roles are being cast for this Off-Broadway production, and the gig will be paid. Auditions will be held Sept. 16 in NYC. For more details, check out the casting notice for “The Liquid Plain” here, and be sure to check out the rest of our audition listings!  
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    Backstage.com Interview

  • 1 Way Almasi Enables International Artistic Collaboration

    29 Aug 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Between playing Michonne on AMC’s “The Walking Dead” and launching “Familiar,” her latest play inspired by the experience of being a first-generation American, Danai Gurira has her hands full. But the actor-writer values the theater training she’s had and is now looking to provide similar training opportunities for artists living in her family’s home country of Zimbabwe. “I really thought I could help carve out and bring about the tangible structures that actually allow people to have an industry that runs,” says Gurira, who has partnered…
  • Jonathan Asser Provides a Breakout Role in ‘Starred Up’

    29 Aug 2014 | 11:00 am
    When the gates of Northern Ireland’s Crumlin Road Gaol slammed shut behind Jonathan Asser, he wasn’t afraid. In fact, he “felt safe,” he says, with “a sense of coming home.” Having spent a good portion of his adult life behind bars, Asser feels things that most of us don’t. He also knows things that most of us never will. Like how to make a shiv from a toothbrush. Or how to use baby oil for self-defense. He also knows what it feels like to possess a fury so primal it makes you want to kill. “My earliest memory,” he says, “is of a…
  • #IGotCast: Jasmin Jandreau

    29 Aug 2014 | 10:00 am
    Skype is becoming the new go-to tool for auditioning. Jasmin Jandreau, who is eligible for SAG-AFTRA membership, was cast as Catherine Earnshaw in the new film adaptation of “Wuthering Heights.” After auditioning via the Web, she was chosen over 500 other actors. Jandreau’s character is the heroine of the gothic romance, in addition to being the great love of the narrative’s protagonist, Heathcliff. The film is shooting through October in Montana, which Jandreau calls “a mystical vastness of space, rolling hills, and mountains. It’s the perfect location for…
  • How Backstage Reader Charlotte Kate Fox Became Famous in Japan

    27 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    Charlotte Kate Fox’s big break came courtesy of an icon in Japan. When Fox submitted for the role of Ellie in the Japanese television drama “Massan,” about the founder of Japan’s whiskey industry, Masataka Taketsuru, and his wife, she had no idea that she had taken the first step in a journey that would involve flying halfway across the world, appearing in major press conferences, and becoming a household name in a country where she didn’t even speak the language. And all because she took a shot on a Backstage casting notice. We spoke to Fox—hard at work…
  • CD Jeremy Gordon’s 3 Benefits of Working on Short Films

    26 Aug 2014 | 11:00 am
    A grade school teacher-turned-major Los Angeles casting director, Jeremy Gordon credits his career to simply being in the right place at the right time. “A good friend of mine was a producer for Full Moon Features [and] I was very lucky to have been given a casting director job right out of the gate. I started as a CD but on low-budget nonunion horror films and I did that for about two years while I was teaching and sort of fell in love with it. “I never really wanted to be an actor,” Gordon admits. “Once I got to L.A. and got through all four years of college to be an…
 
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  • Upcoming Equity Auditions Sunday, Aug. 31

    31 Aug 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Upcoming Equity Auditions from Sunday, August 31, 2014.
  • Breaking News: Joan Rivers Being Brought Out of Coma

    31 Aug 2014 | 6:04 pm
    Just in from the NY Daily News, Joan Rivers is being brought out of the medically induced coma that she has been in since Thursday. The paper reports that the process could take until Tuesday, and that the full extent of whether or not Rivers has suffered a loss of cognitive or physical function is not yet known.
  • Joan Rivers Update - Melissa Rivers Has 'fingers crossed'

    31 Aug 2014 | 4:45 pm
    Reports this weekend have confirmed that there has been no progress for Joan Rivers, who is said to still be in a medically induced coma and fully dependent on life support machines. While Mt. Sinai hospital has not issued any updates on the legendary comedian's status, daughter Melissa did issue a Sunday statement that 'Thank you for your continued love and support. We are keeping our fingers crossed'.
  • STAGE TUBE: Harvey Fierstein is Too Cool for the Ice Bucket Challenge... Or is He?

    31 Aug 2014 | 3:10 pm
    KINKY BOOTS book-writer Harvey Fierstein was recently challenged to the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge by KINKY BOOTS composerlyricist Cyndi Lauper. Not surprisingly, he received a cold surprise when trying to respectfully decline.
  • Photo Flash: New HEDWIG Finale Photo of Andrew Rannells Revealed!

    31 Aug 2014 | 2:37 pm
    The HEDWIG social media team has just revealed a new image by production photog Joan Marcus of new star Andrew Rannells opposite Lena Hall and the Tits of Clay band in the show's explosive finale. For more photos, click here.
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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

  • Too Much Freedom to Fail

    Rob Weinert-Kendt
    29 Aug 2014 | 9:39 am
    There's been a fair amount of rumbling from L.A. theater folks I know and/or follow via the indispensable site Bitter Lemons about a coming "war" over the long-contested Equity 99-Seat Plan. I'm not sure if the martial metaphor is really helpful, but suffice to say: What I've heard and read so far makes me very interested to see where the discussion goes.And it made me think, unavoidably, of things I've written about this seemingly undisentangle-able Gordian knot before; this two-part history of the Equity "Waiver" agreement, for one, but also a speech I was invited to give at the L.A. 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…
 
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    Parabasis

  • Intent Doesn't Matter

    Parabasis
    22 Aug 2014 | 12:49 pm
    By Isaac Butler Here's a small note to all the great work that people are doing around Ferguson.... You may have heard about this syndicated cartoon by illustrator Gary McCoy that ended up published in the Columbia Missouri Daily Tribune. I'd rather not publish the cartoon here, but it depicts Black picketers with misspelled signs that read "Burn Ferguson" "No 60" Plasma TV No Peace!" and "Steal to Honor Michael Brown."  That the piece is racially offensive is fairly obvious. Romenesko got in touch with the Daily Tribune's editor and he had…
  • 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.  
 
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    Theater Loop - Chicago Tribune

  • REVIEW: 'Reasons to be Happy' by Profiles Theatre ★½

    31 Aug 2014 | 12:47 pm
    THEATER REVIEW: "Reasons to be Happy" from Profiles Theatre ★½ Although more of a comedy and less raw, Neil LaBute's "Reasons to be Happy" is almost as good as "Reasons to be Pretty." Alas ...
  • iO opens with a mondo 'Armando'

    31 Aug 2014 | 12:13 pm
    The occasion for the celebrity infusion was the opening weekend of the new digs for the hopefully immortal iO, longtime resident of Wrigleyville but now situated on Kingsbury Street.
  • Inside the new iO,where Fey, Poehler got their start

    29 Aug 2014 | 3:17 pm
    Thirty-two years ago Charna Halpern approached Del Close with an offer. He was already a renowned director in the world of comedy, and working at Second City. She had just launched the ImprovOlympic and wanted him to teach a class.
  • REVIEW: 'My Name Is Asher Lev' by TimeLine Theatre ★★★

    29 Aug 2014 | 2:03 pm
    "Be a great artist," a mentor tells a young Jewish painter who likes to draw Jesus Christ. "It is the only justification for all the pain you are about to cause."
  • The selling of Oak Park teen Tavi Gevinson

    28 Aug 2014 | 3:06 pm
    Look! Here's the recent high school graduate Tavi Gevinson swinging from a crab apple tree in her Oak Park backyard — as photographed by Annie Leibovitz and published in Vanity Fair. Look! Here's Tavi Gevinson lying on her single, teenager's bed — looking a bit like a postmodern...
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  • Final Show Day

    rfenwick2014
    24 Aug 2014 | 10:53 am
    Today is the final performance of Lynn Nottage’s Intimate Apparel.  We are very sad to have to say goodbye to this play and its characters, but we know we are lucky to have one more Lynn Nottage play in our season! Mud, River, Stone is sure to be another exciting adventure. Through this play, Lynn Nottage has given us the opportunity to see into the world of 1905 and get to understand it better.  And more importantly, she has given us the the ability to see what Esther’s life was like and what the harsh realities of the time were.  In the spirit of honoring what we now know…
  • An Interview with the Actor Playing GEORGE

    rfenwick2014
    22 Aug 2014 | 5:07 pm
    Intimate Apparel actor Brandon Greenhouse was interviewed by Isabel Corona about his experience with the play and the rehearsal process, and here is what she found out! Acting for the better part of the last fifteen years, Brandon Greenhouse, has recently been nominated for the Ossie Davis Award (Best Featured Actor in a Play) for the Black Theater Alliance Awards for his portrayal of George Armstrong in Lynn Nottage’s Intimate Apparel. This is his Eclipse Theatre debut. Greenhouse graduated from the Santa Fe University of Art and Design with a BFA in acting and after moving to Chicago he…
  • 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…
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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

  • Cross-Curricular in the Drama Classroom

    Lindsay Price
    26 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    Cross-Curricular in the Drama Classroom Teacher Jeff Pinsky will embark on a new cross-curricular journey with his drama curriculum this year. He’ll be incorporating the holocaust into drama exercises, reflections, projects, and more. How do you include such an intense subject into today’s classroom? How do you get students to connect to cross-curricular? What if the exercises fail? Show Notes Jeff’s Theatre Department website Canadian Society for Yad Vashem (Educational Seminar Page) Teaching of the Holocaust for Educators (the scholarship program to which Jeff applied) Yad Vashem…
  • 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…
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    Greenroom

  • Greenroom is 5 today

    Editor
    31 Aug 2014 | 7:31 pm
    Yes, it’s been five years since Greenroom became a blog in its own right. I’d been posting on another site Groundling for a couple of years before that, but 1st September 2009 marked the first of what were to be hundreds of posts focussed on Queensland’s professional theatre: reviews, commentary, and interviews. It’s been a labour of love. I started blogging because I had recently left the university where I had been teaching for 21 years and imagined the twilight of the so-called ‘retirement’ had come. I had to fill it somehow and, for…
  • Chris Beckey (Interview 44)

    Editor
    31 Aug 2014 | 5:57 pm
    Image: Morgan Roberts I met with Chris Beckey in July for coffee and a chat at The Three Monkeys in West End. Chris was then appearing in CALIGULA for The Danger Ensemble. As I edit this long-overdue post, he is preparing for the Brisbane Festival’s production of Ibsen’s A DOLL’S HOUSE in an adaptation by Lally Katz. Once again, he is working under the direction of long-time creative collaborator Steven Mitchell Wright. That afternoon I asked Chris, as I do all artists I interview, what had brought them to where they are now. We end up talking about process as the…
  • 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…
 
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    ARS NOVA

  • Showgasm.

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    8 Aug 2014 | 7:27 am
  • Isaac Oliver: Intimacy Idiot

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    5 Aug 2014 | 10:32 am
  • By the Water

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    9 Jul 2014 | 10:42 am
  • June, July, August, Whatever

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    30 Jun 2014 | 6:00 am
  • Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812

    admin
    17 Jan 2014 | 9:32 am
    subheader line about show Oct 16, 2012 – Nov 17, 2012 Co-Conceived & Directed by Sarah Krohn Play by Dan O’Neil With Ellen Adair, Lauren Blumenfeld, Alex Herrald, Nick Lehane, Ben Mehl, & Briana Pozner Short show summary here. orem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Phasellus eleifend elit sit amet lorem consequat vel euismod mi faucibus.       ABOUT THE SHOW Lovers are betrayed, society is scandalized and glasses are raised in Dave Malloy’s electro-pop opera ripped from a slice of Tolstoy’s War and Peace. Young and impulsive,…
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    The Bad Boy of Musical Theatre

  • Jesse James Had Much More Fun

    Scott Miller
    31 Aug 2014 | 8:24 pm
    There are several songs in Bonnie & Clyde that I think should be handled substantially different from the original Broadway production, as much as I did love it. I've already blogged about "Dyin' Ain't So Bad" and the different direction I want to take that in. The other song I've somewhat rethought is "What Was Good Enough for You."In this number, first Clyde and then Bonnie tell their parents that they really don't want to end up like them. I love you too, son. In the context of this story, in the middle of the Dust Bowl, in the midst of the Depression, this is really a cruel…
  • When I Drive

    Scott Miller
    29 Aug 2014 | 1:48 pm
    This is a weird time in our process for me.We've blocked all of Act I, and I've got a good start in figuring out Act II, having already solved several of the tougher spots.But what's hard for me right now is that I don't have any real feedback on my work, and I won't get any for a while. We're taking the show is a fairly different direction (at least, in its staging), so I have nothing to measure my ideas against. I've done a lot of very expressionistic staging, and I think I'm on the right path, but most of it is the kind of staging that won't really look right until it's under lights, on a…
  • He's Wild and He's Reckless

    Scott Miller
    24 Aug 2014 | 3:06 pm
    Starting tonight, this is the part of our process that is the hardest and loneliest work for me: staging the show. This is when I have to create rather than just judge. Luckily, the writing in Bonnie & Clyde is first-rate, so I have an excellent template and a good, clear story to tell.Hal Prince once said the job of a director is to set everyone on the same path, make sure we all stay there, let the actors create, and then edit. I love that. I often use the metaphor of comic book art: I do the initial pencil sketch, the actors and I together ink in all the lines, then the actors add…
  • 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…
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    TDF STAGES: A THEATRE MAGAZINE

  • “Bootycandy” Has So Many Flavors

    Mark Blankenship
    28 Aug 2014 | 10:30 am
    Robert O’Hara’s new play is wild and serious at the same time — 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 more »
  • LISTEN: Theatre Greats On Working With Dramaturgs

    TDF
    27 Aug 2014 | 12:51 pm
    Welcome to the latest episode of Masters of the Stage, a podcast series co-presented by TDF and the Stage Directors and Choreographers Workshop Foundation (SDCF). These podcasts feature more than three decades of  one-on-one conversations, panel discussions, and interviews with theatre’s most distinguished talents. You can hear the story of the American theatre from those who more »
  • Which Performance Would You Go Back In Time To See?

    Mark Blankenship
    26 Aug 2014 | 11:45 am
    Welcome to Geek Out/Freak Out, where theatre fans get super enthusiastic about things. This week, Stages editor Mark Blankenship geeks out (via Gchat) with Allison Taylor,  TDF’s very own Manager of Individual Giving and Events. Today’s Topic: Which performance would you go back in time to see? — Mark Blankenship: Hello Allison! Before we get more »
  • What’s Coming to Broadway This Fall?

    Mark Blankenship
    25 Aug 2014 | 12:46 pm
    Your Broadway fall preview, with peeks at 14 new shows — It’s felt like autumn in New York for the last month, but now it’s officially fall on Broadway. As of tomorrow, the new season kicks into high gear, and by December, we’ll see over a dozen new productions on the Great White Way. Here’s more »
  • Fanmail: “If/Then” Star LaChanze As Theatre Gateway Drug

    Jack Smart
    21 Aug 2014 | 11:24 am
    Welcome to Fanmail, our tributes to theatre artists we admire — As a small white boy from Honolulu, I always had difficulty explaining my obsession with The Color Purple. I suppose it started with Alice Walker’s graceful writing in the book, and intensified when I watched Whoopi Goldberg’s and Oprah Winfrey’s powerful performances in the more »
 
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    Encore Atlanta

  • Legacy Theatre revisits 1939 with ‘GWTW’-themed ‘Magnolias’

    Kathy Janich
    29 Aug 2014 | 7:51 am
      The Legacy Theatre in Tyrone takes you back to Hollywood in 1939, where the filming of Gone With the Wind isn’t going so well. The major problem: The script stinks. So legendary producer David O. Selznick takes matters into his own hands, stealing screenwriter Ben Hecht and director Victor Fleming from other projects and locking them [...]
  • Alliance names associate artistic director

    Kathy Janich
    26 Aug 2014 | 10:23 am
    Christopher Moses, who has been leading the Alliance Theatre's education department, has been promoted to associate artistic director.
  • Step up to the plate for a ‘Bull Durham’ that’s sure to sizzle

    Kathy Janich
    22 Aug 2014 | 9:01 am
      Baseball and romance go toe to toe in this world premiere musical opening the Alliance Theatre’s mainstage season and likely headed to Broadway. It’s based on the iconic 1988 movie and writer Ron Shelton’s own minor-league baseball experiences. The big three here are Will Swenson (Broadway’s Hair and the new Les Miz) as aging catcher “Crash” [...]
  • Tickets for new ‘Phantom’ on sale now

    Kathy Janich
    21 Aug 2014 | 12:30 pm
    The redesigned and restaged new version of "The Phantom of the Opera" hits the Fox Theatre in October. Tickets are available now.
  • Meet Mammy before ‘GWTW’

    Kathy Janich
    21 Aug 2014 | 10:36 am
    "Gone With the Wind" and other Civil War topics dominate the Atlanta History Center's fall lecture and author series, which also touches on Jewish life in America, the U.S.-Mexican border culture and American politics from Lyndon B. Johnson to Ronald Reagan. The series begins Sept. 2.
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    Atlanta Theater Fans - Your Guide To Atlanta Theater And Online Community

  • Clybourne Park Surfaces 50 Years of Wicked Controversy for Aurora Theatre Audiences

    Admin
    27 Aug 2014 | 7:34 pm
    The brutally funny Clybourne Park engages audiences in an uncensored journey, revealing the challenges and controversies in one house spanning 50 years of societal changes. As part of Aurora Theatre’s 19th Season Peach State Federal Credit Union Signature Series, the darkly satirical Pulitzer Prize winning comedy makes its debut in metro-Atlanta October 2-26. Written by ...
  • Spotlight on Fifth Third Bank Broadway in Atlanta 2014/2015 Series with WSB-TV Primetime Special on August 27 at 8 p.m.

    Admin
    26 Aug 2014 | 7:17 pm
    The upcoming Fifth Third Bank Broadway in Atlanta season is set to receive the star treatment during a 30-minute Primetime special on WSB-TV, airing Wednesday, August 27 at 8 p.m. Hosted by Heather Caitlin, the program will offer fans a behind-the-scenes look at the blockbuster lineup coming to the Fox Theatre during the 2014/2015 Broadway ...
  • Rising Sage Theatre Company Presents Chainz/Broken

    Admin
    26 Aug 2014 | 7:08 pm
    RISING SAGE THEATRE is pleased to present the final production of the 2014 season. CHAINZ/BROKEN is the world premiere of two one-act plays written by Paris Crayton III. CHAINZ directed by Eric J. Little, examines what it is to be a black man in an unfair society. It centers around four men who end up in a ...
  • The Savannah Disputation – An Atlanta Theater Fans Review

    Admin
    26 Aug 2014 | 6:55 pm
    In polite circles there are two things you never talk about: politics and religion. Both topics evoke passionate feelings that are hard to quell, and often any discussion will end in a stalemate, leaving all involved bruised and exhausted. Much is the case Evan Smith’s comedy The Savannah Disputation, now onstage at Theatrical Outfit. The ...
  • Center for Puppetry Arts to Host Annual String Fling Gala, September 6

    Admin
    25 Aug 2014 | 7:07 pm
    The Center for Puppetry Arts will host its annual String Fling Gala on Saturday, September 6, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. at the Grand Hyatt Buckhead. The gala, which raises more than $200,000 annually, benefits the Center for Puppetry Arts programs such as Field Trip Sponsorship, which provides approximately 70,000 deeply discounted and free admissions for ...
 
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    Theatre Geeks

  • 135 When your kids want to become professional actors

    dave@theatregeeks.com (Dave Dufour, John Shoup, Marcia Fulmer)
    23 Aug 2014 | 9:36 am
    Midwest mom Susan Whitby tells you what to expect when your children want to take the show business plunge Susan Whitby joined us for the first of two episodes to talk about her daughters, Audrey and... More info at theatregeeks.com
  • 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 public... 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
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    Shakespeare Geek

  • Review : "Teaching Will" by Mel Ryane

    28 Aug 2014 | 5:27 pm
    So the other day, the good people at Familius wrote and asked if I'd like a review copy of Mel Ryane's "Teaching Will : What Shakespeare and 10 Kids Gave Me that Hollywood Couldn't". A book about an actress who starts a Shakespeare Club at the local elementary school? How could I resist?Having gone into my own children's classrooms since they were in the first grade (which would translate to maybe six years old, for my non US audience), I admit that I was looking for tips. All I ever do is a one time unit on some Shakespearean topic of the teacher's choice, I've never had the guts (nor the…
  • Review : The Stratford Zoo Midnight Revue Presents Macbeth

    27 Aug 2014 | 5:30 am
    When Bardfilm showed me his early review copy of The Stratford Zoo Midnight Revue Presents Macbeth I was all, "Awwww!  Want."Then Ian wrote and asked if I wanted a copy as well and I was all, "Yay!" This ... can we call it a graphic novel? Tells the story of animals in the zoo putting on a performance of Macbeth.  Not only do you see the audience, the audience interacts with the show in a series of inset panels, commenting on the action and making various puns and other jokes. This has been done before (Marcia Williams' books come to mind) but I like it even more here, because it…
  • Does Rosalind Woo Herself?

    26 Aug 2014 | 10:00 am
    "Self-wooing, my liege, is not so vile a sin as self-neglecting."The local teen group is performing As You Like It at our local library today, so I've been brushing up on the story. Since it's so common to make the Robin Hood connection with Duke Senior (going off to live in the safety of the forest, away from his enemies, enjoying life with his friends, etc..) I was wondering whether a comparison existed with another classic story, Cyrano De Bergerac.For those not familiar with the story, Cyrano loves Roxanne but cannot bring himself to tell her his true feelings. She loves Christian, but…
  • Shakespearean Ice Bucket Challenges

    25 Aug 2014 | 12:51 pm
    Weeks ago, maybe you saw a few of your friends dumping buckets of ice water over their heads on Facebook. Then sports figures, politicians, and celebrities. I even saw Kermit the Frog do one, which I thought was hysterical -- "Being an amphibian, dumping an ice cold bucket of water over my head could very likely put me into a dormant state where my heart my actually stop."Of course it's all to spread the message to Stop ALS, so it's all for a good cause.Your Favorite Shakespeareans Tackle the Ice Bucket ChallengeLet's start with Nathan Fillion, who gets modern day credit for being a…
  • 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",…
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    Acting in London

  • 10 Cover Letter Dos and Don’ts

    Dean
    29 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    Photo by Alex Eylar When scouting for a new talent agent using mailings, cover letter is an important part of the whole package, which also includes your acting CV/resume and a headshot. That being said, acting agents are busy people and receive such applications every single day. Are you aware of all the tricks that can help get your cover letter noticed? What about all the mistakes that actors make which lower their already minuscule chances of getting an appointment? Here are some cover letter tips that should improve your submission-to-meeting ratio. Cover Letter Dos and…
  • Can Creativity and Talent Be Taught or Is It Inborn?

    Dean
    25 Aug 2014 | 1:25 pm
    Photo by Norman Lear Center Is there such a thing as talent? Yes. Can it be cultivated through certain practices? Yes. Then what exactly is talent, and are people who aren’t born with it doomed forever? The answer to this is more complex, so let’s dig deeper. Today, The Stage has published an interesting article about apprenticeships for actors in the UK. Proposals made by the author of this piece, Susan Elkin, has been met with some interesting responses on Facebook. “Brilliant idea,” said Angelina. “This is what I have been asking for!!” James added.
  • How to Be Amazing at Cold Reading

    Tom London
    23 Jun 2014 | 11:13 am
    Did you ever have that audition where the casting director wanted you to do a cold reading session within the next 15 minutes after you saw the sides for the first time? Did the fact that you have so little time to prepare threw off your performance? Well, I come bearing gifts — advice on how to improve this part of your auditioning process. First of all, what is cold reading Cold reading (or cold read), which in the UK is often referred to as sight-reading, is a practice of actors reading the material when there’s little to no time given for preparation before the…
  • Top 5 Absolute Best Books on Acting Business

    Tom London
    8 Apr 2014 | 10:30 pm
    It’s great how with all this technology and the mighty internet around, good old literature is still the first place thespians look for reliable information. I’ve previously listed my opinion on the six best acting technique books (I still stand by that list, by the way). Today, let’s look into what are the best books on acting business that you most likely haven’t read yet. Books are the number one go-to resource for actors, period. Having said that, there are two different kinds of books. First kind are the books that you should read, and the other kind are the books…
  • Top Secret Formula of How to Be a Successful Actor

    Tom London
    5 Apr 2014 | 10:32 am
    Ambitious people are always striving for success. Whether you’re trying to be a lawyer, entrepreneur, dancer or a plumber — if you’re ambitious enough, you won’t live a fulfilling life until your thirst for success has been satisfied. Acting is no different, and the question of how to be a successful actor has bothered more than one thespian. There’s good news, and then there’s bad news. The good news is that there IS such a formula on how to be a successful actor. The bad news, however, is that this formula is not easy to crack. But if you stick with it,…
 
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    Your Performance Partners

  • Rigging Problems, Part II: How to tell there’s a problem

    Your Performance Partners
    26 Aug 2014 | 7:49 am
    Equipment wears down with regular use. Do you know how to tell if there’s a problem with your rigging? Sudden increase in difficulty moving a set. Consistency is a hallmark of quality. Any equipment that is inconsistent has something wrong with it. Noise while moving a set. Scraping, squeaking, squealing, or a prolonged squawk are all signs of trouble. There should be no noise in the system other than the occasional, slight sound of an arbor’s guide on the guide system. Vibrations or change in the feel of the set. A sticky section, a free-fall, or a hitch are all indicators of bad…
  • 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…
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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

  • 135 When your kids want to become professional actors

    Dave Dufour
    23 Aug 2014 | 9:36 am
    Midwest mom Susan Whitby tells you what to expect when your children want to take the show business plunge Susan Whitby joined us for the first of two episodes to talk about her daughters, Audrey and Maddie, who, after starting out in community theatre in Indiana, have moved on, with her help and five years in Los Angeles,… Theatre Geeks - community theatre and the performing arts
  • 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… Theatre Geeks - community theatre and the performing arts
  • 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,… 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… Theatre Geeks - community theatre and the performing arts
 
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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 IS A CUMMING CABARET

    Willow Kay
    28 Aug 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Immersive theatre is alive and well at Studio 54 or, “The Kit Kat Klub”, the space’s new title during the run of the third Broadway revival of Cabaret. The Roundabout Theatre Company brings back the artfully crafted yet raunchy story with the same relevant grit and a touch of some extra participatory vibes that audiences always love. The orchestra seating is set up in true cabaret night club style with round group tables being waited on by ushers who serve small plates, tea, and coffee during pre show and intermission. The actor’s pre show is also alive for the audience to see as they…
  • Where Everything is Made Up, and the Improv Matters

    Jennifer Kalchik
    23 Aug 2014 | 3:33 pm
    My first exposure to improv acting was the television show “Whose Line is it Anyway”. I had a hard time believe that the show was not scripted, and that actors were creating ideas and scenes on the spot. Once I started watching reruns of the show, I noticed each actor had their patterns for improve, and they were not afraid of stepping out of their comfort zone. This idea contradicted my entire educational experience, where I was taught to think first then speak, and not the other way around. With this in mind, I decided to take an improv class in college as an elective for my…
  • 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…
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  • 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…
  • Pina Bausch & Her Postmodernist Theatre of Experience

    Tuirenn Hurstfield
    23 Jul 2014 | 6:19 am
    Following from Robert Wilson’s postmodern Theatre of Visuals, we can now explore further artists and companies who demonstrate highly postmodern styles. Dance, being a non-linguistic form of communication, is dependent on creating a visual ‘poetry’ about a subject matter, as Pina Bausch discusses, “Basically one wants to say something which cannot be said, so we make a poem where one can feel what I meant.”[i] The work of the Wuppertal Tanztheater explores open-interpretation styles and redefines dance, by opposing the aesthetic norms, as being postmodern. Tanztheater can be…
  • Are You Happy?

    Tuirenn Hurstfield
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:53 am
    Okay, so this is a little off topic, but actually has a lot to do with anyone in any life. So, I’m focussing on the “Life” aspect of Life in the Theatre with this… I just received an anonymous email – you know the kind: essentially junk mail that accidentally arrives in your normal inbox. Anyway, I clicked it open because I was intrigued by its title. I expected that it was going to be some hard sell for some item or other, but instead what I found was a lovely message that made me think and smile. Unusual huh?!? So, I though I’d share it with you. It makes…
  • Robert Wilson’s Theatre of Visuals (postmodernism in practice)

    Tuirenn Hurstfield
    4 Apr 2014 | 6:22 am
    Now that we have investigated some of the basic principles in Postmodern Theatre through how deconstruction can provide opportunities for opening interpretation we can start to explore some postmodern theatre that can be described as postmodern in practice. The Theatre of Visuals Robert Wilson is internationally acclaimed as being one of the most significant visionary artists of the 20th century.  Since the late 1960s Wilson has staged over sixty full-scale postmodern theatrical works in the United States and Europe.  His work is often called a ‘theatre of visuals’ or ‘theatre of…
  • Deconstruction, Semiotics and the Theatre

    Tuirenn Hurstfield
    31 Mar 2014 | 5:32 am
    Continuing from our consideration into how Brecht and Artaud actively moved against Aristotelian Theatre, we focus now on how deconstruction is used to establish new forms of theatrical language. Deconstruction “The only certainties about postmodernism are that it is deeply sceptical and that this doubt derives from an obsession with language and meaning.”[i] Jacques Derrida studied the necessary effects of writing any text from a philosophical standpoint.  He unravels literary and philosophical works to expose contradictions and flaws within the text and undermines the authority…
 
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