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  • Tony Winners Will Return to "American Horror Story"; "Normal Heart" Star is Series Newcomer : News
    Adam Hetrick
    28 Jul 2014 | 2:30 pm
    "American Horror Story" executive producer Tim Minear revealed further casting for the fourth installment of the FX series that will be titled "Freak Show," according to the Hollywood Reporter.
  • Review: Mala Hierba
    28 Jul 2014 | 8:00 pm
    Tanya Saracho's moral brainteaser, inspired by Latin-American culture, makes its New York debut with Second Stage Theatre's uptown series.
  • ArtsBeat: How Do You Top ‘Spider-Man’? With a Show Based on a Chipmunks Movie

    NYT > Theater
    28 Jul 2014 | 2:31 pm
    The lead producers of “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark” are planning a musical adaptation of the animated movie “Rio” and a live stage show based on the film “Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked.”
  • 'Of Mice and Men' Leaves Broadway on a Record High

    Theater News
    28 Jul 2014 | 5:56 pm
    The show, co-starring Chris O'Dowd and Leighton Meester, said Monday it earned $1,038,106 for the week ending Sunday, setting a new eight-performance weekly record gross at the Longacre Theatre and marking the first time the theater ever housed a show that crossed the $1 million mark.
  • L.A. Now Casting ‘Unpregnant’ and Upcoming Auditions News
    28 Jul 2014 | 7:08 am
    Talent is currently being sought for the short film “Unpregnant.” “Unpregnant” tells the story of a friendship brought on by an underage pregnancy, and is casting for the two lead roles. This is a paid gig and submissions are being sought from the Los Angeles area. For more details, check out the casting notice for “Unpregnant” here, and be sure to check out the rest of our Los Angeles audition listings!
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  • L.A. Now Casting ‘Unpregnant’ and Upcoming Auditions

    28 Jul 2014 | 7:08 am
    Talent is currently being sought for the short film “Unpregnant.” “Unpregnant” tells the story of a friendship brought on by an underage pregnancy, and is casting for the two lead roles. This is a paid gig and submissions are being sought from the Los Angeles area. For more details, check out the casting notice for “Unpregnant” here, and be sure to check out the rest of our Los Angeles audition listings!
  • Now Casting ‘Such a Funny Life’ and Upcoming Auditions

    28 Jul 2014 | 6:56 am
    Talent is currently being sought for the feature film “Such a Funny Life.” “Such a Funny Life” is a generational tale of friends and betrayal, and six roles are being cast. Submissions are being sought from NYC and auditions will take place in August. You should include a demo reel or video in your submission. For more details, check out the casting notice for “Such a Funny Life” here, and be sure to check out the rest of our audition listings!
  • Debbie Allen: Dancers Still Find Fame in NYC

    27 Jul 2014 | 11:32 pm
    While it may still be easier for New York dancers to break into the industry, the number of commercial jobs available in Los Angeles is rising, experts say. Debbie Allen, a veteran performer and choreographer, founded a dance school in Los Angeles but often advises students to go east when they start looking for work. “There are musicals, there’s Off-Broadway, there’s Off-Off-Broadway. We just don’t have the theater expansion in L.A.,” she told Backstage before a recent SAG Foundation event. “Most of the work here is cinema.” She noted that films like…
  • 4 Interesting Casting Notices You Might Have Missed This Week!

    25 Jul 2014 | 10:11 am
    Backstage had some great opportunities this week! Here are some varying auditions and gigs that could be a great fit for all different kinds of Backstage readers. “THE BOOK OF MORMON”Written by “South Park” writers Matt Stone and Trey Parker, and directed by Broadway director Casey Nicholaw (“Aladdin”), this award-winning musical is on a national tour! This Equity gig is seeking future principal replacements, seven total, for the running shows. Auditions are Aug. 5 in NYC. “PETER PAUL AND MARY ALIVE”Calling all singers: This musical group…
  • L.A. Now Casting ‘The Shah’ and Upcoming Auditions

    25 Jul 2014 | 7:30 am
    Talent is currently being sought for the short film “The Shah.” “The Shah” “tells the story of a young Iranian boy looking for this identity in life with a world full of colors, and different ethnicities and cultures.” Several supporting roles are being cast for this short film, and this gig is paid. Submissions are being sought worldwide. For more details, check out the casting notice for “The Shah” here, and be sure to check out the rest of our Los Angeles audition listings!
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  • ‘Spooked’ Director Richard Martin’s 1 Tip on Making Content for the Web

    28 Jul 2014 | 11:00 am
    One of the best parts of having your series stream online, according to “Spooked” director Richard Martin? “There wasn’t a boardroom member telling me we couldn’t have a lesbian couple and their bigot father as a poltergeist in the pilot; we could tell stories that we all wanted to tell,” he says. “Spooked,” Hulu’s newest series—born out of a collaboration between production company Bad Hat Harry and Internet community Geek & Sundry—follows the Paranormal Investigation Team, or P.I.T., a merry band of misfits on the hunt…
  • Emmys 2014: Jesse Tyler Ferguson Celebrates His 5th Nomination!

    28 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    Jesse Tyler Ferguson knows that people are probably tired of seeing “Modern Family” get nominated for seemingly every Emmy in sight—but he doesn’t care what you think. “I think we’ve had one of our strongest seasons, and if we’re lucky enough to win this year I would hold up my head,” the now-five-time nominee says. We spoke to Ferguson about playing defense with his submitted episode each year, still being surprised at being nominated, and how worried he gets that the New York theater world will forget about him. Congratulations on your Emmy…
  • Carlton Cuse’s 6 Months of Prep Work for ‘The Strain’

    25 Jul 2014 | 11:00 am
    What we talk about when we talk about vampires is about to change. Think of it as a correction, a timely turn away from the tall, pale, handsome loner who buys his blood at the bodega and lives an endless life according to outdated codes of chivalry and restraint. It could be argued that the last time a vampire actually made TV viewers jump was way back in 1979, when Stephen King’s “Salem’s Lot” clawed its way into American homes. No one is more aware of this than Carlton Cuse, executive producer of “The Strain” on FX, based on the books by Guillermo del…
  • #IGotCast: Mia Guzman

    25 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    Who needs luck when you’ve got the right attitude and motivation? Actor Mia Guzman believes staying positive throughout her career has helped her garner numerous roles, both onstage and onscreen. Whether playing Little Inez in “Hairspray” or learning the meaning of friendship in “Ain’t No Such Thing As Free Pizza,” Guzman proves her talent is enough to keep her employed. “[‘Hairspray’] was my first musical theater audition and gig, so I was a little intimidated at the auditions,” Guzman says. “I remember sitting outside the…
  • Emmys 2014: Inside the Writing Process of ‘Portlandia’ with Carrie Brownstein

    25 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    Since we were first introduced to “Portlandia” in 2011 via viral sketches like “Dream of the 90s” and “Did You Read?”, the show’s only gotten bigger, stronger, and more popular, earning two Emmy awards along the way. This year, its record-setting four nominations include outstanding supporting actor in a comedy series for Fred Armisen, outstanding director for Jonathan Krisel, outstanding guest actor for Steve Buscemi, and for the third time, outstanding writing for the group: Armisen, Carrie Brownstein, Krisel, and Bill Oakley. And if the…
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    Jane Fonda


    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”.

    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…

    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…
  • Los Angeles Times: Watch Jane Fonda’s AFI award ceremony in five minutes [video]
    13 Jun 2014 | 3:41 pm
    June 11, 2014 | By: Oliver Gettell Watch the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood transform over the course of five days for the American Film Institute to honor Jane Fonda with its Life Achievement Award. Hollywood turned out in force last week to fete the actress, activist and fitness guru Jane Fonda, who was honored with AFI’s 42nd Life Achievement Award. The star-studded black-tie event was marked by emotional stories from friends and colleagues, leavened with moments of humor and capped by Fonda’s own candid reflections and reminiscences. An edited version of the show will air June 14…

    12 Jun 2014 | 9:51 pm
    In the ’70s, I’d presented one to Bette Davis at her request and to Barbara Stanwyck. My father had received one. But I never imagined I would be given one. It is a great honor for one’s body of work over a lifetime. So when I received a call to inform me I was getting one, I burst into tears. There’s been a lot of press around it so I will simply post a lot of photos that you may not have seen. The program will be televised June 14th, this Saturday night, on TNT at 9PM and then an encore at 10:30PM. This was the cover of the award journal – Courtesy of AFI (Doug…
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    The Wicked Stage

  • 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…
  • Familiar Strangers

    Rob Weinert-Kendt
    3 Jul 2014 | 9:16 am
    One challenge of my job trying to cover theater with a national perspective, both at American Theatre and, to a certain degree, at the NY Times, is how to keep tabs on work I can't actually see. With few exceptions (On the Boards, or this amazing Einstein on the Beach video, available for free viewing only through July 7, I've been informed), I can't look at a screener of plays outside the boroughs of New York, and my professional travel budget--well, let's just say it's non-lavish. So I do a lot of play reading and review reading, relying on buzz I hear around the halls of TCG; from the…
  • Newman's Own

    Rob Weinert-Kendt
    1 Jul 2014 | 9:07 am
    I'll be at tonight's one-night-only concert reading of Randy Newman's Faust with bells on. (How 'bout you, George Hunka?) I'd noted the possibility that the show would finally get a hearing in New York when I talked to Jeanine Tesori about her Encores! Off Center series last summer. I put my review of the La Jolla production up in this space a few months ago, but I had some more thoughts about what a missed opportunity Faust represented for the American musical, some of which I touched on here, but more of which I thought were worth sharing with the world, particularly a world that seems to…
  • It Can Be Arranged

    Rob Weinert-Kendt
    26 Jun 2014 | 10:07 am
    photo by Caitlin McNaneyA few years ago, a musical theater colleague of mine told me that someone named "Glen Kelly" was the guy who really wrote the scores of The Producers and Young Frankenstein. I imagined he meant that Mel Brooks, those shows' credited songwriter, was one of those musical savants who doesn't read or really play an instrument but who has a strong melodic ear and structural song sense, and that this Glen Kelly fellow was a sort of harmonizing assistant. By most accounts, this is also how Irving Berlin worked. (And I'll take credit for noticing something like this when I…
  • Catch-Up Catch-All

    Rob Weinert-Kendt
    24 Jun 2014 | 1:36 pm
    I'm just back from the TCG Conference in San Diego last week--my fourth ever, and despite (or perhaps because of) the perfectly sunny but cool weather in my beloved, much-missed Southern California, it was a rather discombobulating experience this time out. In part, I think this was because for the first time ever American Theatre staff did our best to cover all the conferences with up-to-the-minute (actually, next-day) online updates, as opposed to writing a big feature for the next available issue (which would be September, when the conference usually already seems years ago). Our…
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  • Who Should Run the Guthrie?

    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)

    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

    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

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

    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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    Available Light Theatre

  • Let’s Ask the Folger!

    15 Jul 2014 | 12:13 pm
    The Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington D.C. is perhaps the world's largest and finest collection of Shakespeare-related materials. So, let's get them to tell us what this Cymbeline thing is all about.
  • Welcome the Class of 2014

    14 Jul 2014 | 2:50 pm
    We are very proud to announce the addition of three new artists of the highest caliber to our Available Light Company.
  • Fighting with knives!

    Jaylene Henderson
    9 Jul 2014 | 12:27 pm
  • Knives!

    Jaylene Henderson
    8 Jul 2014 | 12:26 pm
  • Fight call!

    Jaylene Henderson
    8 Jul 2014 | 12:25 pm
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  • Story of the singers is front and center in 'Marvelettes'

    28 Jul 2014 | 2:26 pm
    THEATER REVIEW: "The Marvelous Marvelettes" at Black Ensemble Theatre ★★★ THEATER REVIEW: "The Marvelous Marvelettes" at Black Ensemble Theatre ★★★ ... At "Motown the Musical," written and authorized by Berry Gordy, the legendary founder of Motown Records is painted as a big-hearted patriarch ...
  • Crafting a simple, compelling story in 'Intimate Apparel'

    25 Jul 2014 | 5:28 pm
    THEATER REVIEW: "Intimate Apparel" by Eclipse Theatre Company ★★★ Lynn Nottage's "Intimate Apparel" shares some of the same foundational supports familiar to fans of Henry James and Edith Wharton, from the Gilded Age Manhattan setting to its focus on a woman undone by her love for a man who isn't what he appears to be. But Nottage's 2003 play, now in a revival with Eclipse Theatre Company as part of its all-Nottage season, features a heroine whose struggles would have been...
  • 'Gun Show' is about gun ownership outside debate lines

    22 Jul 2014 | 2:35 pm
    THEATER REVIEWS: "The Gun Show" at 16th Street Theater ★★★ and "Catch the Fish" by Poor Theatre ★★ "The Gun Show"
  • Drama about failing senses must yet retain some feeling

    20 Jul 2014 | 11:34 am
    REVIEW: "A Small Fire" at Steep Theatre ★★½ REVIEW: "A Small Fire" at Steep Theatre ★★½ Adam Bock's "A Small Fire" is only about 80 minutes long, but the changes it charts in its central character are massive and devastating.
  • A powerful, eye-opening play set in working-class Scotland

    18 Jul 2014 | 10:37 am
    THEATER REVIEW: "Men Should Weep" by Griffin Theatre at Raven ★★★★ THEATER REVIEW: "Men Should Weep" by Griffin Theatre at Raven ★★★★ ... Ena Lemont Stewart's "Men Should Weep," the warm-hearted but unstinting story of a Scottish family enduing grinding Glaswegian poverty during the Great Depression of the 1930s ...
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  • INTIMATE APPAREL performances have begun!

    21 Jul 2014 | 6:28 am
    Eclipse Theatre presents INTIMATE APPAREL by Lynn Nottage. Directed by Steve Scott. Pictured are Kelly Owens and Frances Wilkerson. Photos by Tim Knight.  Get  your tickets here!  
  • Previews begin TONIGHT!!

    17 Jul 2014 | 8:08 am
    Previews for INTIMATE APPAREL begin tonight! We are so incredibly excited to share this beautiful story with you. $8 industry tickets will be offered all of our previews of Intimate Apparel! We’re offering $8 industry nights for all of our previews on July 17th, 18th and 19th!
  • The real story that gave life to Intimate Apparel!

    13 Jul 2014 | 7:49 pm
    So what inspired Lynn Nottage to write a play set in 1905? Take a look at this great article in which Nottage reveals how Esther’s story is really based off of a curiosity Nottage had for her great-grandmother’s life.  Read it here! Photograph: Eugène Atget / Metropolitan Museum of Art. Previews for Intimate Apparel start on Thursday at the Athenaeum, so it’s a great time to get to know more about Lynn Nottage’s writing.  Even if you missed our production of Ruined, it’s not too late to experience Nottage’s writing performed live.
  • A look back at the 4th of July

    6 Jul 2014 | 5:59 pm
    Hope you had a wonderful 4th of July weekend! Ever wonder what the holiday may have been like in 1905? Perhaps not…but thanks to Lynn Nottage’s play coming up real soon, we have!     We took a look at what people might have been up to on this important day off of work. These young ladies are on the beach on Coney Island. Take a look at those bathing suits!   But Esther Mills, the African American seamstress who is the central character in Intimate Apparel, would not have been allowed to be there… Despite Coney’s democratic spirit, which brought together…
  • Tightening our waists

    1 Jul 2014 | 2:25 pm
    As you can see, we have begun to work with corsets in rehearsals! It takes the actors some time to get used to moving when they are all tied up.  It also affects the way they breathe.  On the bright side, it gets them into the mood for 1905.
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    The Theatrefolk Weblog

  • Directing Youth with Kerry Hishon

    Lindsay Price
    23 Jul 2014 | 5:11 am
    Directing Youth with Kerry Hishon Youth Director Kerry Hishon talks about the process from auditions to rehearsal to performance and shares her hints, tips, and tricks.  If you’re auditioning for Oklahoma what type of song should you definitely NOT choose? How do you build ensemble? How do you plan a rehearsal schedule? Bonus: Listen in to find out how Kerry directed Peter Pan without the wires. Show Notes Kerry Hishon Original Kids Theatre Student Directing Series: Plays and Publishers Student Directing Series: Directing Your Peers Student Directing Series: Auditions Episode Transcript…
  • Movement and the Student Actor Replay

    Lindsay Price
    16 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    Episode 101: Movement and the Student Actor Replay La Tasha Do’zia-Earley used our play Emotional Baggage with her students as an introduction to the Laban movement  technique. How does she encourage her students to move? How did Emotional Baggage lead to her students creating an hour long wordless piece? Catch the replay of this great episode to find out. Show Notes Emotional Baggage Laban for Actors and Dancers Laban Movement Laban Movement Analysis Cobweb Dreams Episode Transcript Welcome to TFP – The Theatrefolk Podcast – the place to be for Drama teachers, Drama students, theatre…
  • Writing plays for Youths with Lindsay Price

    Lindsay Price
    9 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    Writing plays for youths with Lindsay Price It’s episode 100 of The Theatrefolk Podcast. Today we turn the tables and put Lindsay Price in the hot seat. What’s it like writing exclusively for young performers? Show Notes Plays by Lindsay Price Lindsay Price’s Website Episode Transcript Welcome to TFP – The Theatrefolk Podcast – the place to be for Drama teachers, Drama students, theatre educators everywhere. I’m Craig Mason; I’m the publisher here at Theatrefolk. Hello, I hope you’re well. Thanks for listening. I’ve always wanted to say that! This is Episode 100 of the…
  • What do Drama Teachers Do In the Summer? Part Two

    Lindsay Price
    2 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    What do Drama Teachers Do In the Summer? Part Two. The biggest misconception is that all teachers head to the pool and relax for two months during the summer. We’ve got more teachers with more stories, tips, tricks and tools. Get great insight into how to plan for the year ahead. Show Notes 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. Thanks for listening. This is Episode 99 and you can catch the…
  • Free Play Sunday

    Craig Mason
    27 Jun 2014 | 4:00 am
    Did you know that the last Sunday of every month is designated as Free Play Sunday? We give away PDF preview copies of our scripts to our friends on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+. All you have to do is follow Our Facebook Page, our Our Twitter Stream, or our Google+ page throughout the day on Sunday, June 29th for the goodies. The post Free Play Sunday appeared first on The Theatrefolk Weblog.
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  • 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.

    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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  • Lecture + Demo:Citizen Samwich

    28 Jul 2014 | 8:54 am
  • Those Lost Boys

    10 Jul 2014 | 8:10 am
  • By the Water

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

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

    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

  • Not Just One Singular Sensation

    Scott Miller
    25 Jul 2014 | 3:41 pm
    In a recent blog post, I admitted to a love-hate relationship with Broadway.Kinda like an ex you wanna break up with, who used to be awesome but is now just lazy and nihilistic and annoying, and who smokes all your pot and empties the fridge. Sure, you remember the good times, the joy and the fun, but then you remember how long ago that was. Is it time to move on?Well, I can't really.Despite the fact that commercial Broadway success no longer has any correlation to quality or artistry, still most of the most serious, most talented, most ambitious musical theatre writers still gravitate toward…
  • It's Today!

    Scott Miller
    21 Jul 2014 | 12:39 pm
    The Top Ten Reasons Why Musical Theatre Fans and Artists Should Be Glad They're Living Right Now...10.)  Amazon. You could spend hours browsing cast albums, videos, documentaries, scripts, scores, histories, analysis books, behind-the-scenes books, biographies, you name it – and most of that stuff you can get used really cheap. And we we set up the New Line Bookstore on Amazon to gather all that coolness in one place for you.And then there's the Pre-Order button! The most awesome and most dangerous button on the internet. But I love it because once a month or so, I search Amazon to see…
  • Meet Me in St. Louis

    Scott Miller
    12 Jul 2014 | 11:58 am
    For more than ten years, we've kept a page on the New Line Theatre website, listing all the upcoming musicals in the St. Louis area, and that page gets a lot of visits! Sometimes it's quite inspiring to see how much musical theatre is going on, and what a variety of work we get to see here in The Lou, from the many incredibly cool companies here.Here's a pretty comprehensive list of musicals we'll get to see in the year ahead...Always... Patsy Cline, Stages St. Louis, through Sept. 1Porgy and Bess, The Muny, July 7-13Spamalot, Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre, July 9-19Joseph / Technicolor…
  • Cave City, Comma, Capital K, Capital Y

    Scott Miller
    9 Jul 2014 | 11:45 am
    I don't just love research. I swim in it.Sometimes people ask why New Line doesn't have a dramaturg. The answer is that research and analysis are among my favorite parts of the job of directing. And because pretty much my whole waking life is about my work, I don't need any help with dramaturgy.Back in 1999, when we were working on Floyd Collins, a few of us took an amazing trip. Troy Schnider, who was playing Floyd, my co-director Alison, and I drove to Cave City, Kentucky. We were all in love with this beautiful show, but we wanted to really understand that time and place.And we wanted…
  • This World Will Remember Us

    Scott Miller
    2 Jul 2014 | 10:59 am
    I turned 50 a few months ago. No big deal. I remember that turning 30 hurt quite a bit, but I hardly noticed 50. Maybe because my life is really good right now. (Although if anyone out there wants to be my patron and subsidize my artistic life, that would be okay too.) But it's not just how old I am. We're also about to start New Line's 24th season, and I'm already starting to think about what shows we'll do for our big 25th season.And that's just crazy!Twenty-five seasons? I was barely older than that when I started the company. So yes, New Line's age is considerably freakier to me than my…
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  • Criminal Minds

    Dennis Baker
    3 Jul 2014 | 4:23 pm
    Season 9, Episode 16 “Gabby”. Written by Erica Messer and Jim Clemente. Directed by Thomas Gibson. I had the pleasure of working on CRIMINAL MINDS in January and the episode aired February 26, 2014. Below is the breakdown of working on the show. The Audition I received a direct audition notification from casting and auditioned on December 13th. The part was initially in the breakdowns for a 40s Asian lawyer. That obviously changed. The part was of the character Austin Leland, a public defender who is called in to represent a suspect. The scene consisted of a five line exchange…
  • Dollar Shave Club is Promoting Colon Cancer Awareness Month

    Dennis Baker
    14 Mar 2014 | 12:27 pm
    You may have seen me tweet some pics (see below) about the great customer service by Dollar Shave Club.  They are so great I want to give them a shout out. Dollar Shave Club cares about your butt inside and out, so this month for National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month they’re sponsoring the Colon Cancer Alliance.  March is the official Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month – a time to help people realize the dangers of a disease that will affect 5% of Americans in their lifetimes. That’s right.  There are right now 23 million Americans at risk for colon cancer, and we want to raise…
  • 2013: The Year of Transition

    Dennis Baker
    5 Jan 2013 | 4:11 pm
    Some of my Civic Theater students and Fringe producers. I am employed full time as the LifeRaft program director for the SAG Foundation. I have been at the job part time since October, as I did not want to bail on my teaching commitments half way through the semester. First you might be asking, what is LifeRaft? The LifeRaft program is a series of professional development workshops and seminars to help educate actors about the business side of the entertainment industry. The transition is I will no longer be teaching at the university. On so many levels taking this job was an obvious decision…
  • Should a Degree Influence Casting?

    Dennis Baker
    12 Oct 2012 | 3:05 pm
    Hey guys, my name’s Clara. I’m a long time reader, first time guest blogger (well, here, anyway). I’m friends with a bunch of amateur, semi-professional and professional actors and recently a debate was started over brunch. I think, and maintain, that an actor with a four-year degree (or better) should get a little extra consideration by those behind the table at auditions. For argument’s sake, let’s say after callbacks two actors are in contention for a lead role. All other things being equal (implausible, I know), who should get the role: the actor with a…
  • My Lover’s Daughter Trailer

    Dennis Baker
    17 Aug 2012 | 4:12 pm
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  • Which Shows Will You See More Than Once?

    Mark Blankenship
    28 Jul 2014 | 12:35 pm
    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 Sarah D. Bunting,  East Coast Editor at Previously.TV. Today’s Topic: Why do we want to see certain shows more than once? — Mark Blankenship: So Sarah… a few days ago, you more »
  • Hamlet’s Mother Is a Sexy Beast

    Mark Blankenship
    25 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    Potomac Theatre Project embraces the mania in Howard Barker’s play — When you’re standing next to Hamlet, fondling his mother’s underwear, there’s really no point in being restrained. Or at least not according to Richard Romagnoli, who directed that lascivious scene for Potomac Theatre Project’s production of Gertrude — The Cry. Now at Atlantic Stage more »
  • What are your favorite “guilty pleasure” shows?

    Jack Smart
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:22 am
    Welcome to Geek Out/Freak Out, where theatre fans get super enthusiastic about things. This week, Stages contributor Jack Smart geeks out (via Google doc) with Nate Silver, Managing Director of Chicago’s Jackalope Theatre and assistant director of the upcoming Broadway production of Disgraced, which previously played at Lincoln Center. Today’s Topic: What are your favorite more »
  • Return of the Gargoyle Woman

    Raven Snook
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:37 am
    Everett Quinton finally plays another shady lady — Although the Peccadillo Theater Company’s new comedy Drop Dead Perfect sends up a wide range of American cultural touchstones—from The Glass Menagerie to I Love Lucy to What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?—its greatest inspiration is arguably the high-camp, cross-dressing work of Charles Ludlam’s Ridiculous Theatrical Company. more »
  • How Do You Perform a Stephen Adly Guirgis Play?

    Mark Blankenship
    21 Jul 2014 | 1:17 pm
    Ray Anthony Thomas tackles the gruff poetry of Between Riverside and Crazy — Welcome to Building Character, our ongoing look at performers and how they create their roles There are so many pronouncements and jokes and wild, thundering feelings in Between Riverside and Crazy that you may not think about the poetry until you leave more »
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    Theatrical Intelligence

  • My Inner Critic, My Friend

    Ann Sachs
    26 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 marvelled 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 had…

    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 agreed. Except by association (with me) this post is not part of Theatrical Intelligence.   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

  • 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.
  • Give yourself the giggles with masterful ‘One Man, Two Guvnors’

    Kathy Janich
    18 Jul 2014 | 8:26 am
      Georgia Shakespeare bites lustily into this laugh-out-loud mix of satire, song, slapstick comedy and one-liners, which moves Goldoni’s famous Servant of Two Masters from Italy to 1960s England. Aaron Muñoz (Theatrical Outfit’s A Confederacy of Dunces) gives a tour-de-force performance as the man in the middle. This is a mod, groovy, hilarious, highly recommended and delightfully naughty [...]
  • Summoning the Past

    Kathy Janich
    15 Jul 2014 | 1:43 pm
    In Atlanta's new National Center for Civil & Human Right, the civil rights movement of 50 years ago is linked to a broad human rights struggle today.
  • Annie Potts leads Alliance’s ‘Magnolias’ cast

    Kathy Janich
    15 Jul 2014 | 9:51 am
    When the Alliance Theatre begins rehearsals for its October staging of "Steel Magnolias," it'll do so with some heady talent in the room.
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    Lois Backstage

  • Bright Spots: PTC’s Test Kitchen

    3 Jul 2014 | 2:03 pm
    I’ve previously blogged about PL1422 and how much I love rehearsing in that space. This past year a number of my rehearsals have been in the newest space in town – Playwrights Theatre Centre (PTC)’s Test Kitchen and I have also fallen in love with that space for some of the same reasons I love PL1422. I sat down with PTC’s Artistic Director Heidi Taylor to talk about their new space and what they see happening with it in the future. The Test Kitchen When PTC was trying to come up with a name for their new rehearsal space last fall, inspiration wasn’t far away. “Prior to our…
  • Espresso – Final Week!

    9 Jun 2014 | 3:28 pm
    I did not see Espresso when it took to the Pacific Theatre stage 10 years ago. I was new to the lower mainland, having just begun my education at Trinity Western University and was not yet involved in theatre. When I joined the theatre program a year later, everyone was still talking about the show, and really liked to tell me what an amazing show I had missed. We read the play during Canadian Drama in my final year and I’m pretty sure I failed the quiz on it. But I fell in love with the words. With Lucia (Playwright & Actress), Sarah (Director) and Rob (Actor) on opening night. For…
  • Q2Q Comics

    4 Jun 2014 | 12:49 pm
    Q2Q Comics #15 – Ten of Twelves   I’m sure by now some of you have come across Q2Q comics, but for those of you who haven’t, you really should. Q2Q Comics is written and drawn by Steve Younkins. He’s a company member at the Maryland Ensemble Theatre where he works primarily as a sound designer. He posts new comics every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday that follow the technical team of the Cheeseborough Ensemble Theatre. He also has a web store where you can buy various merchandise including t-shirts and prints. I have a print of the comic above on its way to my…
  • The Show Must Go On: Emergency Protocols & Preparedness

    23 May 2014 | 9:10 am
    As a stage manager I try to be prepared for everything. You need a bandaid? I’ve got you covered. Hole in your costume? I have a needle and thread standing by. Blew a bulb mid show? I can change it after and try to cover using the magic sheet. But in the last year and a bit I discovered that there were some things I didn’t even know I wasn’t prepared for because they hadn’t crossed my mind. In the face of an emergency the stage manager, FOH manager, and other members of the staff have to make snap judgements in the name of safety, all while adrenaline is pumping and…
  • Pink Shirt Day 2014

    26 Feb 2014 | 8:57 am
    My Pink Shirt Day Selfie I am a person who strongly dislikes the color pink. I don’t have a reason for it, but if you were to look around my home it would be pretty easy to confirm: there is no pink to be seen. But I own one pink shirt that I own for the sole reason of wearing once a year on pink shirt day. I’ve written before about my experiences with bullying, and I don’t think I have any new insights, but I wanted to mark the day. Today I’ll be spending the day in rehearsal for This Stays In the Room, a collective creation piece about shame and forgiveness.
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    Atlanta Theater Fans - Your Guide To Atlanta Theater And Online Community

  • Tickets for The Phantom of the Opera at the Fox Theatre Go on Sale August 10

    28 Jul 2014 | 5:45 am
    Cameron Mackintosh and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Really Useful Group’s spectacular new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA will go on sale Sunday, August 10 at 10 a.m. for the premiere Atlanta engagement at the Fox Theatre.  With newly reinvented staging and stunning scenic design, this new version of PHANTOM, the most ...
  • The Savannah Disputation Opens Theatrical Outfits 2014-15 Season

    28 Jul 2014 | 5:09 am
    Theatrical Outfit begins its Season of Compassion with the dramatic comedy The Savannah Disputation, written by Georgia-born playwright Evan Smith and, he says, inspired by today’s politics and his Savannah grandmother. This is the 38th season for Theatrical Outfit, the second-oldest professional theater company in Atlanta, and the home of stories that stir the soul. ...
  • Scene Study with Shelly McCook

    24 Jul 2014 | 7:44 pm
    Out of Box Theatre is delighted to offer a scene study with professional actor and director, Shelly McCook. The class is designed for adventurous individuals at the beginner or intermediate levels of acting who love to laugh at others and themselves. Shelly McCook has performed and directed with most of the Atlanta professional theatres including ...
  • Quick Chat with William S. Murphey from Aurora Theatre’s Mary Poppins

    24 Jul 2014 | 6:47 pm
    If you have seen the movie Saving Mr. Banks, you know how important Mr. Banks is to the story of Mary Poppins. In Aurora Theatre’s current production of the musical, William S. Murphey plays the role of Mr. Banks, and he discusses the character, the production and more in this Quick Chat.   What do ...
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream | The New American Shakespeare Tavern

    24 Jul 2014 | 3:33 pm
    Dates: July 24 to August 10, 2014 Performances: Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., and Sundays at 6:30 p.m.; 10 a.m. most Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Tickets: start at $20 | Box Office: 404-874-5299 | Student/Educator Discounts Available Seating: General Admission by Section Audiences just can’t get enough of this fairy-filled romp through the woods! With ...
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    Theatre Geeks

  • 132 Up in Smoke: Smoking onstage in a non-smoking world (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
  • 131 Theatre a la carte: using food onstage (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
  • 130 Backstage Etiquette (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
  • 129 Directors — should they be smooth or sharp? (Dave Dufour, John Shoup, Marcia Fulmer)
    17 Jun 2014 | 1:43 pm
    What kind of director are you? What kind of director is best? Directors come in all styles — from overly easygoing (REAL smooth) or difficult bordering on abusive (REAL sharp). Where’s... More info at
  • 128 Stratford Festival 2014 Preview (Dave Dufour, John Shoup, Marcia Fulmer)
    7 Jun 2014 | 8:11 am
    Stratford Festival’s publicity director Ann Swerdfager joins the Geeks Stratford Festival’s production of Hay Fever is just one of the wonderful productions this year. We’ve... More info at
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    Tim Bauer

  • You Should Probably Be Listening to This

    11 Jul 2014 | 12:41 pm
    Rob Ready and Ray Hobbs have an excellent podcast up and running. I have listened to every single episode, and I can firmly state that “Born Ready” is just as much fun as having a beer with Rob Ready, with the added bonus that you don’t have to be intimidated by his manly beard. You’re also free to drink better beer than the Molson or Pabst that he would probably serve. This will also help: Their tagline is “Theater has issues. We make fun of them all.” (Bonus points for spelling “theater” right.) Go check it out. Subscribe in iTunes so you can…
  • Learning from the Gamification of Theater

    19 Jun 2014 | 11:42 am
    In light of my work on San Francisco’s own immersive theater piece, “The Speakeasy”, this article really struck my fancy. It analyzes different styles of immersive theater, from “Sleep No More” style open-world productions to more directed on-rails style productions. I’m in the beginning stages of developing a piece of immersive theater; I imagine that I’m not alone. I look at the droves of people playing ‘Sleep No More’ and wonder if there is a better experience to be had for the audience. The answer might lie in the audience size—an open-world…
  • ‘The Speakeasy’ is Everything I Love About San Francisco

    8 Mar 2014 | 9:29 pm
    I’ve been posting about The Speakeasy a lot, but what else am I going to talk about? So here’s a great (and great-looking) review of the show, written by The Bold Italic magazine. It’s got a pretty good description of the experience, too, if you’ve been trying to figure out exactly what it is: The Speakeasy is less a straight narrative and more a choose-your-own-adventure collection of character studies of the folks who populate a San Francisco speakeasy in the 1920s. There are the mob bosses and the showgirls, the fallen heroes and the families they (tried to) leave…
  • TheatreStorm Reviews ‘The Speakeasy’ (*****)

    2 Mar 2014 | 7:26 pm
    Charles Kruger reviews “The Speakeasy”, gives a shout-out to the Associate Head Writer, and says it’s “theatrical art of a high order” that should “run forever.” Not bad: Director Nick Olivero has collaborated with a stellar troupe of writers, designers, musicians and actors to create an immersive experience that will blow your mind… Just give yourself over and play along for an experience you will never forget… The company of “The Speakeasy” has achieved a marriage of lowbrow and highbrow that is unlike anything else. The…
  • SFist Reviews ‘The Speakeasy’ From Boxcar Theatre

    18 Feb 2014 | 9:33 pm
    Hey, hey, the play that I was Associate Head Writer for got a really nice review from SFist: As immersive, progressive performance experiences go, you aren’t going to find much that isn’t fun and cool about the Boxcar Theatre’s latest…. All told, Olivero and his Boxcar ensemble have pulled off an innovative and impressive piece of theater that’s unlike anything I’ve seen in the Bay Area, and it’s likely to be a lasting hit, if I [were] to guess, for that very reason.
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    Shakespeare Geek

  • 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…
  • Shakespeare on the Road

    15 Jul 2014 | 7:30 am
    The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust is hitting the road! In celebration of Shakespeare's 450th birthday they've come over to the United States with plans to sit in on 14 different Shakespeare festivals over the summer.In my neck of the woods they'll be coming to Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, Mass on August 17.  Of course I've already got plans that weekend :(. Why can't I learn about these things months in advance?  And why can't they come into Boston instead? I'm 20 minutes from Boston, I'm over 2 hours from Lenox!
  • Orange Is The New Shakespeare?

    10 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    I'm a big fan of Netflix's original series, both House of Cards and Orange is the new Black. Kevin Spacey, star of the former, has been on all the talk shows saying how it is basically Richard III. Well, more to the point how he based his character on R3.So when I saw this piece on why you need to read Shakespeare to understand Orange Is The New Black (or OITNB for short) new (second) season, I was all over it.  The idea put forth (using Macbeth as an example) is that in Shakespeare's world, there is a natural order to things. When something comes in to disrupt that natural…
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    Your Performance Partners

  • 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…
  • Outdoor Events Unfolding

    Your Performance Partners
    15 Jul 2014 | 7:11 am
    Across most of the United States, summertime means outdoor concerts, festivals and other community gatherings under the open sky. This week we’re spotlighting one of the innovative products helping bring these events to life. Sounding Terrible. “My wife Anne and I had been doing event sound and lighting for years, and sometimes we worked on old mobile stages owned by the City of Pittsburgh,” recalls Dennis Pranevich, Co-Owner of Annie’s Showmobiles in Finleyville, Penn. He says these old mobile stages were basically boxes opening on one side; the sound projection was terrible. During…
  • Freedom & Music

    Your Performance Partners
    8 Jul 2014 | 9:42 am
    In the shadow of July 4th celebrations across the U.S., we’re inspired to briefly reflect on some of the ways freedom and music are intertwined across our nation – and the world. Invigorates Patriotism. This year America marked the 238th anniversary of independence from Great Britain. Once again, community celebrations included parades with marching bands, ceremonies and fireworks. Familiar, stirring music included Sousa’s “Stars and Stripes Forever” and Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture.” The same patriotic fervor culminating at this traditional summer midpoint also punctuates…
  • Musicians, Like Athletes, Need Proper Equipment

    Your Performance Partners
    1 Jul 2014 | 6:31 am
    “There are many similarities between what the human body is asked to do in sports and in music,” explains Dr. William J. Dawson, Past President of the Performing Arts Medicine Association and Associate Professor Emeritus of Orthopedic Surgery at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago. He’s also served on the editorial board for the journal Medical Problems of Performing Artists. “Heart rates go up, breathing changes, the body gets ready for the adrenalin response – fight or flight,” notes Dawson, who says this is true whether an athlete is running a…
  • Digital Orchestra Stirs Up Controversy

    Your Performance Partners
    24 Jun 2014 | 6:59 am
    Opera can excite emotions and provoke passions…even before the curtain is raised. A recent proposal to stage the “Ring” cycle using a digital orchestra – not live musicians – resulted in a controversy befitting a Verdi libretto. Epic Undertaking. Charles M. Goldstein, who founded the Hartford (Conn.) Wagner Festival, was inspired to stage the four epic operas in Wagner’s “Ring” cycle annually, joining Bayreuth, Germany, as the only site in the world to attempt such a massive undertaking. (Together, the four operas encompass 15 hours of performance time.) Synthesized Sounds.
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    Theatre Geeks

  • 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 . . .
  • 129 Directors — should they be smooth or sharp?

    Dave Dufour
    17 Jun 2014 | 1:43 pm
    What kind of director are you? What kind of director is best? Directors come in all styles — from overly easygoing (REAL smooth) or difficult bordering on abusive (REAL sharp). Where’s the sweet spot on the contiuum? The Geeks discuss.   Music provide by Music Alley. Theatre Geeks - community theatre and the performing arts
  • 128 Stratford Festival 2014 Preview

    Dave Dufour
    7 Jun 2014 | 8:11 am
    Stratford Festival’s publicity director Ann Swerdfager joins the Geeks Stratford Festival’s production of Hay Fever is just one of the wonderful productions this year. We’ve mentioned the Stratford Festival plenty of times on Theatre Geeks, but it certainly bears repeating that Ontario’s longtime Shakespeare (and a whole lotta other theatre) festival is one of the theatrical gems of North America. Just a hop and a skip from the USA midwest, and a pleasant drive from either Detroit/Windsor or Niagara Falls, it’s worth everyone’s time. Ann Swerdfager grew up…
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