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    Backstage.com News

  • 10 Gifs That Perfectly Explain How You Feel After a Long Day of Rehearsal

    16 Apr 2014 | 10:00 am
    Must…go…home.  You need something from me? No, no…not right now.  You got a cat? COOL. Oh, please, tell me the cute thing she did today.  Who needs a bed when I have this perfectly amazing floor?  Baths, you know? They’re just the best.  You know what’s better than baths, though? Wine.  You know what’s better than wine, though?!  Tell me I can, and I’ll go to City Hall right now. RIGHT NOW.  But seriously, today was great. This show is awesome.  I get to do it all again tomorrow? In five hours?
  • Now Casting ‘Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children’ and Other Upcoming Auditions

    16 Apr 2014 | 7:21 am
    20th Century Fox is currently seeking talent for the Tim Burton-directed feature film, “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children,” or “Miss P.” Based on the young adult novel of the same name, the story tells “the tale of a boy who, following a horrific family tragedy, follows clues that take him to an abandoned orphanage on a Welsh island.” Professional pay will be provided, and the lead role of Jacob is being cast. Looking at the history of Tim Burton films, there’s a great chance you’ll be working alongside some incredibly…
  • L.A. Now Casting ‘#love’ and Other Upcoming Auditions

    16 Apr 2014 | 7:04 am
    Sophie Webb Films is currently seeking both union and nonunion talent for the feature film, “#love.” This film tells the story of “a group of twenty somethings looking for love, which turns the romcom genre on its head, by favoring friendship over romantic love.” This is a paid gig for union actors. For nonunion actors, this is an excellent opportunity to add to your demo reel practice your acting. Several roles are being cast, and submissions are welcome from the Los Angeles area. The film will shoot in L.A. this summer. For more details, check out the casting notice…
  • 16 Famous Sally Bowles

    15 Apr 2014 | 10:00 am
    Willkommen, bienvenue, welcome…to a celebration of all the great women who've played Sally Bowles since “Cabaret” first debuted on Broadway 1966. The latest revival opens April 24, with Oscar nominee Michelle Williams adding her name to the list, but until then, let's remember all the Sallys of yesteryear... Jill Haworth Though songwriters John Kander and Fred Ebb lobbied for a young Liza Minnelli to play Sally Bowles in the Broadway premiere, director Hal Prince thought she was too talented to be believable working in a dive like the Kit Kat Klub. So the beautiful Jill…
  • Now Casting ‘My Favorite Daniel’ and Other Upcoming Auditions

    15 Apr 2014 | 7:21 am
    Gunnunderson Inc. is currently seeking talent for its feature film, “My Favorite Daniel.” This film tells the story of  the “rise and fall of the relationship between Toby and Daniel, two gay men in Los Angeles. Toby begins as a male escort but quickly leaves this scandalous life behind when he meets Daniel, an older gentleman who Toby finds himself fascinated with.” Naturally, conflict arrises and “love is put to the test as these men try to discover who they are and what makes them happy in this crazy complicated life.” Several roles are being cast,…
 
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    Backstage.com Interview

  • Amy Schumer On the Cover of Backstage This Week!

    16 Apr 2014 | 8:55 am
    Amy Schumer graces our cover this week, and she chats with Backstage about the new season of "Inside Amy Schumer" as well as her starring role in the upcoming “Trainwreck” directed by Judd Apatow. Read the full story here!  Amy Schumer on Auditions “Auditions are so embarrassing. They bring all of your childhood insecurities to the surface. You have to be a little insane [to go on auditions]. You have to be a little sick. A masochist. “Open mics are the hardest because you’re basically performing just for comedians, and no one wants you to do well. I sucked.
  • Amy Schumer Wants You (To Laugh)

    16 Apr 2014 | 8:55 am
    The first time Amy Schumer appeared onstage, the entire audience burst out laughing—exactly the kind of reaction comedians spend entire careers seeking. But in this instance, it was completely unprovoked—peculiar, even. Schumer wasn’t cracking jokes. She was a five-year-old Gretl in a local production of “The Sound of Music.” “Even when I was trying to be dramatic, people would laugh,” she says over a hot cup of tea in a dingy Chelsea diner. “It would make me so mad. I couldn’t understand why they were laughing at me. One day the director…
  • Spotlight On: Aimee Carrero, ‘The Americans’

    15 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    On FX’s “The Americans,” Aimee Carrero has made an immediate impression as Lucia, a Sandinista who’s working undercover with the Russians in D.C. The character recently [spoiler alert!] seduced and murdered a congressional aide, but unlike Keri Russell’s steely spy Elizabeth, she felt bad about it. Carrero tells Backstage about playing an insurgent with heart. On selling Lucia’s murder scene.“It was hard for me to get through it without having a breakdown every single time. And the director, Charlotte Sieling, pulled me aside and said, ‘Look, if…
  • Alyssa Weisberg on Casting ‘Make Your Move’

    14 Apr 2014 | 10:37 am
    With a plethora of action films (“Star Wars Episode VII,” “Star Trek Into Darkness,” “Super 8”) to her credit, casting director Alyssa Weisberg is no stranger to action films. So when her college friend Duane Adler asked her to cast his dance film “Make Your Move,” she says it was a “no-brainer” even though she was already casting a film for Paramount. To cast the “Romeo and Juliet ”-style romance starring Korean pop star BoA and Derek Hough (“Dancing with the Stars”), Weisberg enlisted the help of fellow…
  • 8 Tips on Making the Most of a Role from ‘The Middle’s’ John Gammon

    14 Apr 2014 | 10:00 am
    John Gammon has established himself as an honorary member of the Heck family on ABC’s “The Middle.” Gammon plays Darrin, who is now both Axl’s (Charlie McDermott) best friend and Sue’s (Eden Sher’s) romantic interest. But the actor notes that the rest of Season 5 might be a little rocky for Sue and Darrin. “Hopefully, she doesn’t dump me and hopefully I don’t get pissed off enough to dump her,” he says. Ironically, Darrin is not the role that Gammon initially auditioned for. He was brought in for Trevor, a one-line role. After…
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    Jane Fonda

  • LIVING WITH PARKINSON’S

    Jane
    30 Mar 2014 | 5:32 pm
    Richard Perry, the man I live with, has Parkinson’s. He’s had it for over 10 years. He told me about it 4 and a half years ago on our first date. I knew it was a disease with no cure but he seemed so strong. He’s tall, well-built, athletic, despite the fact that childhood polio has left one leg without muscle from the knee down. I remember the first time I went to his house for dinner. I was on crutches because I’d had knee replacement surgery 10 days before. I looked at him walk and said, “wait a minute, I’m the one who’s suppose to be limping. What…
  • EXCITING NEWS

    Jane
    23 Mar 2014 | 12:27 pm
    For a long time I have wanted to do a TV series that would let me address all the fascinating, surprising, sometimes sad, sometimes joyous, scary, sexy, clumsy aspects of life as an older woman. Even better if it showed the woman just as the rug–job, relationship, marriage, whatever– has been pulled out from under her. Finally, Marta Kaufman (originator of “Friends”) and Howard Morris (“Home Improvement” & “According to Jim”) came up with a story that has not one but two women of a ‘certain age’ and, (trumpets and drum rolls…
  • People Magazine: Jane Fonda’s Painful Childhood Inspires Her to Help Today’s Teens

    JaneFonda.com
    13 Mar 2014 | 3:35 pm
    After working with adolescents for more than 30 years, starting with a camp she founded and then working on behalf of various youth social causes, Jane Fonda considers herself a “lay expert” when it comes to teens and their questions about sexuality. Fonda’s new book, Being a Teen: Everything Teen Girls & Boys Should Know About Relationships, Sex, Love, Health Identity & More, is a frank and candid resource for adolescents. “I’ve learned a lot. I have a real soft spot for teens, having had a difficult adolescence myself,” says the Oscar winner,…
  • “BEING A TEEN”: MY NEW BOOK ON ADOLESCENCE

    Jane
    3 Mar 2014 | 5:58 pm
    My new book, “Being A Teen: Everything Teen Girls & Boys Should Know About Relationships, Sex, Love, Health, Identity & More,” is officially coming out Tomorrow! Though people are already buying it, via Amazon etc. I’ve been doing lots of interviews and the response is thrilling for me. Obviously it’s adults I’m talking to but they’ve read the book and say they’ve learned things even they didn’t know and, those who have teens, have told me they want their child to read it. Heartwarming words! I’ve been working with teens around issues of sexuality, self-esteem and…
  • CRYING

    Jane
    23 Feb 2014 | 7:32 pm
    Yesterday I went to a friend’s baby shower. I hadn’t seen her since she was pregnant and when I saw her belly and her radiant face I began to cry. When I heard the words of wisdom her mother offered to her–to all of us–about how to raise a baby to be a happy, fully realized, person. I started crying again (and it wasn’t because I wanted to go back and redo the raising of my own kids all over again with more wisdom, though that did press in on me) . . . it was because her words moved me. I’ve been in New York for the last five days workshopping Eve Ensler’s new…
 
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    The Wicked Stage

  • Shaking in the Grass

    Rob Weinert-Kendt
    14 Apr 2014 | 12:35 pm
    The 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Drama has just been announced, and I'm so happy to hear it went to Annie Baker's The Flick, I played I thoroughly enjoyed and admired. I don't know how Annie got the news or what she's up to today, but I happened to be interviewing Quiara Alegria Hudes recently for another publication; she was the only playwright on this year's Pulitzer committee, and she won the award, quite unexpectedly, in 2012 for Water by the Spoonful. Here's how she found out, and how she reacted:The play had only been done at Hartford Stage Company. I guess maybe I asked, "Did you guys…
  • Unnaturalism

    Rob Weinert-Kendt
    11 Apr 2014 | 1:43 pm
    I came across this lede in an old review of mine while working on my recent feature on Nick Offerman and Megan Mullally, and it struck as worth highlighting. The review is of the Mike Leigh play Ecstasy, and though it may not sound like it, I intended this as a compliment to Leigh:Like documentary filmmaking, theatrical naturalism implicitly lays claim to direct, unmediated truth: This is how things really are, how people really behave, how time really passes. That's rot, of course. From the time we're children, it is storytelling and play-acting, and the distorting stylizations that…
  • Full Circle

    Rob Weinert-Kendt
    3 Apr 2014 | 10:24 am
    One reason I was so disappointed by Classic Stage Company's muddled, soporific staging of Brecht's Caucasian Chalk Circle last year was that two of the most formative theatergoing experiences of my life have been adaptations of that difficult, sprawling political fable: Cornerstone's Central Avenue Chalk Circle in 1995, in which playwright Lynn Manning reset the action in a near-future dystopian California, and Bill Rauch staged it all around a former union hall in Watts, with a deftly interwoven cast of pros and non-pros, a live band, several memorable coups de theatres, and a…
  • Why I Haven't Been Blogging

    Rob Weinert-Kendt
    18 Mar 2014 | 9:52 pm
    This is the 10th year of the Wicked Stage blog (predated by its few years as a weekly-ish column in the inky pages of Back Stage West), but so far it's been a sparsely populated, as you may have noticed.I have a number of excuses, most in the form of links, which includeA profile of the hard-working director/choreographer Casey Nicholaw on the occasion of his staging of Disney's AladdinA preview feature about These Paper Bullets!, Rolin Jones' mashup of Beatles London and Much Ado About Nothing for Yale RepAn interview with Suzan-Lori Parks and Diane Paulus, reflecting on their…
  • Can't Keep a Good Score Down

    Rob Weinert-Kendt
    5 Mar 2014 | 8:19 am
    When I spoke to Jeanine Tesori last year about her new Encores! summer series, at the top of her wish list of musicals she wanted to revive was Randy Newman's Faust, which had a mostly great concept album in 1993, a splashy bow at La Jolla Playhouse in 1995, and a not-quite-Broadway-bound production at the Goodman the following year. So I'm beyond excited to see that Tesori has resurrected the musical for a one-night-only reading on July 1, and that Newman himself will sing the part of the Devil (as he did on the record). I happened to review the La Jolla premiere for Back Stage West, and…
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    Jersey Boys Blog

  • Sneak Peek of Joseph Leo Bwarie’s Stage View’s Interview on Playbill.com!

    JB Blogger
    15 Apr 2014 | 5:23 am
    JLB is featured on this edition of Stage Views on Playbill.com, a feature that has actors commenting on their recent theatregoing experiences, what productions they’re looking forward to and more. Check out a sneak peek below: What production are you most excited to see? I am in a unique position. I do not perform on [...]
  • New Jersey Boys Movie Photo in This Week’s Entertainment Weekly (@EW)!

    JB Blogger
    13 Apr 2014 | 7:47 pm
    JERSEY BOYS movie stars have been tweeting this fab photo today! Wow! is an understatement! So, are you guys starting the #JERSEYBOYSMovie countdown?!
  • Jersey Boys Natl Tour Is Sensational at the Straz!

    JB Blogger
    12 Apr 2014 | 10:28 am
    Fabulous reviews for the JERSEY BOYS national tour production in Tampa! Jimmy Ferraro, BroadwayWorld.com: Everyone in the production is perfectly cast. Nicholas Dromard gives an outstanding performance as the egotistical, bad boy, and founder of the band, Tommy DeVito. Mr. Dromard struts around, commanding the stage with the gusto of a sideshow barker. He brings [...]
  • Jersey Boys Movie Feature & Insights from John Lloyd Young in PEOPLE Magazine!

    JB Blogger
    10 Apr 2014 | 10:31 am
    People.com has a #JERSEYBOYSMovie feature that appeared online today, that includes some great insights from star John Lloyd Young! Below is a preview: Warner Bros. is bringing the screen adaptation of the stage hit to theaters June 20. Clint Eastwood is the director. Making his major Hollywood debut is John Lloyd Young in his Tony-winning [...]
  • Newsflash: Jersey Boys Passes 42nd Street to Become the 13th Longest-Running Show in Broadway History Tonight!

    JB Blogger
    9 Apr 2014 | 1:13 pm
    Big News from JERSEY BOYS: As of the performance tonight, Wednesday, April 9, the Tony, Olivier and Grammy Award-winning Best Musical JERSEY BOYS will surpass 42nd Street with 3,487 performances, becoming the 13th longest-running show in Broadway history! Congratulations to everyone associated with JERSEY BOYS on this phenomenal milestone!
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    Parabasis

  • The Great Blog Hop Continues

    Parabasis
    11 Apr 2014 | 12:17 pm
    By Isaac Butler Michael Barakiva. Where do I start?  He had just graduated from vassar when I got there, and had already ascended to the realm of legend. He then gave me one of my first jobs in New York, interning for him as he and Tommy Kriegsmann produced a festival of new plays for Soho Rep that happened to feature future heavyweights Steve "The Civilians" Cosson and Jesse "Red Bull" Berger in its slate of directors. (It's also where I met the infamous G.) He's super talented and a total sweetheart and I'm lucky to call him friend. Michael has a…
  • Follow Up On Rockstar Humanities Professors

    Parabasis
    7 Apr 2014 | 7:19 am
    By Isaac Butler Last week, I talked about Gawker's plea for a Neil DeGrasse Tyson of the humanities and how we often over-credit "great men" when talking about change: I don't want to minimize the contribution of Neil DeGrasse Tyson or Bill Nye or anyone else, I thinkCosmos is great, and I share Weinstein's celebrration of it and desire for a rockstar humanities guy or gal to bring the humanities to a mass audience. Still, the cultural context in which Tyson et al operate is incredibly important.  They're able to do what they do in part because the…
  • It's Complicated: A (Hopefully Brief) Thought About Game of Thrones and Race

    Parabasis
    5 Apr 2014 | 7:41 am
    By Isaac Butler [NOTE: There are spoilers up through the end of season 3 of the show, I am going to do my damndest not to spoil the books past that point in the plot, but I will talk about differences between the two for the parts shown thus far.] The twitter feed for Media Diversified is tweeting about race in Game of Thrones and its depiction of Daneaerys, the Dothraki and the various peoples she encounters while using her dragons to end slavery. In particular, they object to the Dothraki Wedding sequence in the first season (in which men literally murder each other over who gets to rape a…
  • Neil DeGrasse Tyson and the Great Man Theory of Change

    Parabasis
    1 Apr 2014 | 7:52 am
    by Isaac Butler Gawker's Adam Weinstein has a piece up asking "Where is the Humanities' Neil DeGrasse Tyson?": The National Endowment for the Humanities is more endangered than NASA. Funding for humanities research amounts to about 1/200th of the federal funding dedicated to scientific and engineering scholarship. Yet science has Tyson, whose show airs on the same channel as American Idol. More than that, it has Bill Nye and Brian Greene, all of whom stand on the shoulders of Sagan and Richard Feynman. The pure and applied sciences have always had champions…
  • Five Quick Tricks For Getting Unstuck

    Parabasis
    17 Mar 2014 | 8:31 am
    By Isaac Butler I get stuck in my writing a lot. As a result, I have developed (and stolen) a few tricks to get me out of this hole. In the interest of helping anyone who might also be getting stuck, here they are: (1) Give up for the day. No seriously, sometimes you acutally just need to stop writing. It does not make you a bad person or a bad writer or someone who will never finish this essay/story/poem/play/screenplay/novel/memoir/article/whatever. Sometimes you're just done for the day.  It's okay! Yes, you're another day closer to death, but also, tomorrow,…
 
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    Theater Loop - chicagotribune.com

  • Cicadas buzz amid a Southern gothic ghost story

    15 Apr 2014 | 1:35 pm
    THEATER REVIEW: "Cicada" by the Route 66 Theatre Company ★★½ THEATER REVIEW: "Cicada" by the Route 66 Theatre Company ★★½ ... We know cicadas in Chicagoland, where the so-called Northern Illinois Brood emerges in such unique numbers every 17 years, you might well need a snow shovel ...
  • Signal Ensemble announces 2014-15 season

    15 Apr 2014 | 1:30 pm
    Signal Ensemble Theatre announced its 2014-15 season on Tuesday.
  • House Theatre announces 2014-15 season

    15 Apr 2014 | 12:33 pm
    The House Theatre of Chicago’s 2014-15 season will feature "The Iron Stag King," "The Crownless King" and the new "The Excelsior King," the company's three-part fantasy saga, performed in repertory, it was announced on Tuesday.
  • 'Soul Train' is headed to Broadway

    15 Apr 2014 | 11:59 am
    "Soul Train" is on track for Broadway, it was announced today.
  • In this dance-club 'Dorian,' it's hard to feel the consequences

    15 Apr 2014 | 11:00 am
    THEATER REVIEW: 'Dorian' by House Theatre of Chicago ★★ THEATER REVIEW: 'Dorian' by House Theatre of Chicago ★★ ... Tommy Rapley's "Dorian," a striking, laudably ambitious but problematic riff on Oscar Wilde's scandalous 1890 novel "The Picture of Dorian Gray," moves the action to the modern era ...
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    The Theatrefolk Weblog

  • Episode 88: Tips and Tricks for Directing Youth with Steven Stack

    Lindsay Price
    16 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    Episode 88: Tips and Tricks for Directing Youth with Steven Stack Playwright Steven Stack is a long time director. He shares his tips and tricks for directing youth. Bonus! Steven also shares some writing tips when you can’t wait for inspiration. Show Notes Ashland Falls Focus at Will Episode Transcript Welcome to TFP, The Theatrefolk Podcast. I am Lindsay Price, resident playwright for Theatrefolk. Hello, I hope you’re well. Thanks for listening. Welcome to Episode 88! Woohoo! Yeehaw! Oh ho! You can catch the links for this episode at theatrefolk.com/episode88. Today, I’m talking…
  • Finding, Choosing, and Performing the Right Monologue [VIDEO]

    Lindsay Price
    15 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    Enjoy this replay of our live Drama Teacher Hangout. We talked with Michael Wehrli about the challenges drama teachers face when guiding their students to choose and perform monologues. Topics covered: Why monologue books are bad. Why monologue books are good. Making bold blocking choices. Pieces to avoid (and why to avoid them). What to do with “the chair.” And lots more! See below the video for a link to a transcript. Click here to get a transcript of the conversation. The post Finding, Choosing, and Performing the Right Monologue [VIDEO] appeared first on The Theatrefolk…
  • Character Interpretation – The Student’s Point of View

    Lindsay Price
    9 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    Episode 87: Character Interpretation – The Student’s Point of View Lindsay talks with two sets of students who prepared the same characters, in the same show, but in two different productions. How did they prepare? How did seeing their character played by another actor affect their work? Show Notes Cobweb Dreams (Two Act Version) Cobweb Dreams (One Act Version) Postcards from Shakespeare Hamlette Drop Dead Juliet Mmmbeth The Scarlet Heart Episode Transcript Welcome to TFP, The Theatrefolk Podcast. I am Lindsay Price, resident playwright for Theatrefolk. Hello, I hope you’re…
  • How to Find Monologues for Auditions and Competitions

    Craig Mason
    8 Apr 2014 | 6:26 am
    I never enjoy looking for monologues. It’s sort of like a hunting expedition and I don’t like hunting. And don’t get me started on fishing… But – big BUT – I love when I actually find a great piece that suits both me and the thing I’m auditioning for. I feel like Livingstone seeing Victoria Falls for the first time. Here’s some advice on finding the perfect monologue for you. Monologue Books Monologue books are a great starting point. Monologues in collections have usually been curated by editors who have gone through dozens and dozens (if not hundreds) of…
  • Movie Monologue Monday – Rod Steiger in The Pawnbroker

    Craig Mason
    7 Apr 2014 | 3:58 am
    Welcome back after a short break from Movie Monologue Monday. This week I’m featuring a clip that I had never seen before – Rod Steiger in The Pawnbroker. Normally I do a little research on the movie and give a bit of context for the clip, but when I first saw it I felt that the clip in and of itself was pretty self-explanatory. Watch it a zillion times and we’ll discuss it below. Seen it? Good. Here’s what I think – Steiger is amazing. Stillness and economy of movement been a recurring theme on Movie Monologue Monday and this performance is no exception. Every…
 
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    Greenroom

  • Review: The Phantom of the Opera – Empire Theatre (Toowoomba)

    Kate Foy
    4 Apr 2014 | 5:28 pm
    Image: Empire Theatre A disclaimer up front – I’m currently serving on the Foundation of the Empire Theatre and am a former Board member. If, then, you think the following should be taken with a grain of salt, so be it! Theatre, oh theatre, how I love you in all your moods and guises. I’ve been in love with you for many years – too many to recall – and I’ve never lost the excitement and the anticipation of the magic that is made present from talent, sweat and tears. A group of strangers come together to experience something only fully realised in the…
  • Review: Cock – La Boite Theatre Company and MTC at the Roundhouse

    Rex J. Ablett
    31 Mar 2014 | 4:11 pm
    Images; Sean Dowling The American novelist Stephen King once described the best stories as those that focus on either almost everyone in an entire community or those that focus on just a few critical characters. Cock is definitely in the latter category. Directed by Leticia Cáceres, this touring production of Mike Bartlett‘s sharp and witty play takes the most fundamental concepts of a love triangle and turns them on their heads. I absolutely loved the production. With innovative direction, stellar acting and inspired writing, Cock is a fine example of modern theatrical…
  • Review: Guys and Dolls – Harvest Rain Theatre Company at Concert Hall QPAC

    Sita Borhani
    22 Mar 2014 | 8:10 pm
    Images: Nick Morrissey Guys and Dolls – what an absolute cracker of a show. I’ve seen it live several times, watched the (1955) movie with Frank Sinatra and Marlon Brando more times than is normal, and even played Miss Adelaide in my hometown’s local production. Needless to say I was thrilled to be headed to QPAC’s Concert Hall last Friday night for the opening of this play the first for Harvest Rain Theatre Company’s 2014 Season and also first full season as a professional musical theatre company. The show is set in New York in the 1940s and most of the action takes place on…
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    ARS NOVA

  • Birthday Sax

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    28 Mar 2014 | 12:23 pm
  • Those Lost Boys

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    3 Mar 2014 | 8:10 am
  • Showgasm.

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    13 Feb 2014 | 9:53 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,…
  • Jacuzzi

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    16 Jan 2014 | 9:25 am
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    The Bad Boy of Musical Theatre

  • Hands on a Hardbody

    Scott Miller
    15 Apr 2014 | 10:18 am
    When I first heard about Hands on a Hardbody, my initial impression was that it didn't sound like a very good premise for a musical. Then again, neither does the life of Charles Bukowski. Or a zombie movie. Or a spelling bee.And really, the structure of Hardbody is essentially the same as Spelling Bee, and so is the dramatic content. It's endless suspense, as we wait for each character to be "out," getting invested in one or more of them and rooting for them. While Spelling Bee fills out that structure with wacky comedy, it also creates rich, nuanced characters, with complex, "adult"…
  • Connection in an Isolating Age

    Scott Miller
    30 Mar 2014 | 2:52 pm
    I started this process loving Rent, but I ended up also being endlessly impressed by it and constantly blown away by the level of craftsmanship and artistry in both the text and the music, much of which most people probably don't even register consciously.I didn't until now.The more I watched our show, the more I started noticing the various musical themes Jonathan Larson uses throughout the show (the "I Should Tell You" theme, the "Halloween" accompaniment figure, the "Santa Fe" vamp, "No Day But Today") and the many textual themes that are everywhere (fire, especially as a metaphor for…
  • No Other Path, No Other Way

    Scott Miller
    21 Mar 2014 | 12:15 pm
    I've always been uncomfortable with awards. I hate the idea of competition in art. The dozens of theatre companies in St. Louis are not in competition with each other. Someone can see a New Line show one weekend and a HotCity show the next weekend. It's always bothered me when local theatre companies claim to be the "best" or "premier" something-or-other. It's both nonsensical (who's to say who's "best" and by whose standard?) and it's sort of uncool too, explicitly saying you're better than the rest of us...But awards kind of do the same thing. You're the best, so you're not.In my…
  • Everything is Rent.

    Scott Miller
    15 Mar 2014 | 12:24 pm
    It's been about three weeks since I've blogged. Sorry about that. Opening a show always takes a lot out of me, and usually leaves me half brain dead. (I don't know how I once did this while also holding down a full-time job.) And even though 90% of my job is done on opening night, it's still very hard for me to focus on anything else during our four-week run. Sometimes I have to, sometimes we have to audition the next show, but not this time.Though despite my art-stupor, and thanks to ridiculous, record-breaking ticket sales, I was able to pay some bills that we wouldn't otherwise be able to…
  • Touch Taste Deep Dark Kiss

    Scott Miller
    24 Feb 2014 | 10:17 am
    I always thought that "Contact," in Act II of Rent, was just about sex, but it's not quite that simple. I think the point of "Contact" is that sex is not connection. Sex is pleasure, appetite. Connection is more than that. And these people need connection.I confess that I never really understood why this number was in the show. It's in such a different style from the rest of the score, and the way it was staged in the original production baffled me – it was cool, but what did that have to do with what came before and after it? The number is about sex, I get that... and...?Now that…
 
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    TDF STAGES: A THEATRE MAGAZINE

  • He’s Not Really Acting, So Why Is He Crying?

    Mark Blankenship
    15 Apr 2014 | 11:18 am
    The New York Neo-Futurists find the power in O’Neill’s stage directions — What do actors have to do to make us feel something? Do they need to cry? Do they need to speak? Do they even need to make expressions? Or can the simplest gestures, the most benign movements, pierce something inside us? Those questions more »
  • Angela Lansbury and Her London Ghosts

    Mark Shenton
    14 Apr 2014 | 10:00 am
    In the West End’s “Blithe Spirit,” Angela Lansbury’s past is always present — Editor’s note: I’m delighted to welcome London critic and reporter Mark Shenton to TDF Stages. From time to time, he’ll file reports on West End shows that have special ties to New York. His exclusive interview with Dame Angela Lansbury is a more »
  • Climbing a Mountain With Gertrude Stein

    Eliza Bent
    14 Apr 2014 | 5:52 am
    Ripe Time turns a Stein story into a fable for grown-ups and kids — Welcome to Borough Play, our exclusive series on theatre in Brooklyn, Queens, and beyond. Gertrude Stein may be known for avoiding narrative in her novels, poems, and plays, but her 1939 book The World Is Round tells the relatively straightforward tale more »
  • Stephen Spinella Will Give a New Performance Tonight

    Mark Blankenship
    11 Apr 2014 | 9:36 am
    Inside his work on Broadway’s The Velocity of Autumn — Welcome to Building Character, our ongoing look at actors and how they create their roles “The thing that draws me to new plays is the speech,” says Stephen Spinella. “Does the writer have a good ear for the way people talk?” His acting career has more »
  • A Little Taylor Swift, a Little Bertolt Brecht

    Diep Tran
    10 Apr 2014 | 5:32 am
    In Less Than Rent’s new show, wild comedy masks a dark American secret — The script for James Presson and Sean Patrick Monahan’s Little Mac, Little Mac, You’re the Very Man! boasts the following subtitle: “Based on John Gay’s The Beggar’s Opera and Bertolt Brecht’s The Threepenny Opera, and also not really based on either more »
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    Theatrical Intelligence

  • 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,…
  • My Daily Brain-Food Addiction

    Ann Sachs
    31 Oct 2013 | 1:47 am
    About a year ago I began posting a daily quote on Twitter, selected from my eclectic collection and using the hashtags  #TheatricalIntelligence or #WomanofWisdom: #TheatricalIntelligence: “I’m curious about other people. That’s the essence of my acting. I’m interested in what it would be like to be you.” Meryl Streep #WomanofWisdom: “A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.” Maya Angelou My Twitter followers enjoyed the quotes. (Some even suggested that I publish them in a “little book series”. Go figure.) Then…
  • ON LOVE

    Ann Sachs
    8 Sep 2013 | 10:25 pm
    I’ve been thinking a lot about love.  It may be an age thing. I’m in my mid-60s and loving it, my husband Roger and I just celebrated our 43rd anniversary, and our love for each other and our work has grown exponentially over the decades. When we were blessed with grandchildren 3 and 5 years ago, I thought the level of love in our family might actually burst. It didn’t, of course. In fact, it has expanded into a three-generation-love-fest. And everywhere I look these days, I see love.  Can it be that love really belongs in this theatrical quotations series?
  • On CRITICS, CRITICISM and READING REVIEWS

    Ann Sachs
    30 Aug 2013 | 8:16 pm
    The definition of the word CRITIC, fromthe Merriam-Webster Dictionary, seems simple and sensible. To me, however, it’s the most complicated of the 8 roles of Theatrical Intelligence. CRITIC:  from the Greek κριτικός (kri-ti-kós), Latin criticus(noun) “able to discern”. 1: one who expresses a reasoned opinion on any matter especially involving a judgment of its value, truth, righteousness, beauty, or technique 2: one who engages often professionally in the analysis, evaluation, or appreciation of works of art or artistic performances 3: one given to harsh or…
 
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    Encore Atlanta

  • Outfit ’14-15 season: Gunderson, Fugard, Shanley

    Kathy Janich
    7 Apr 2014 | 12:02 pm
    Theatrical Outfit's 2014-15 season will "spotlight voices that will spark important conversations about class, education, faith, the stars and our places in the world," says Executive Artistic Director Tom Key.
  • ‘Annie’ at Atlanta Lyric Theatre: Bet your bottom dollar there’s a deal

    Kathy Janich
    4 Apr 2014 | 10:24 am
      The little orphan who never stops singing and dancing sets up shop in Annie at Atlanta Lyric Theatre. The 1977 Tony Award-winning musical has proven its mettle with stagings and revivals all over the country. The Lyric version features Kevin Harry (Javert in Aurora Theatre’s award-winning Les Miserables) as Daddy Warbucks. Return to 1930s America, where hard-knock lives [...]
  • ‘Estate’ deliciously divided in dark comedy at Theatrical Outfit

    Kathy Janich
    31 Mar 2014 | 8:53 am
      It’s time for … the family feud. In this corner is matriarch Stella Gordon, who’s determined not to divide her 100-year-old Texas estate, despite her family’s declining wealth and looming financial crisis. Her three children – a predatory daughter, an alcoholic son and a daughter who does little but worry — have other ideas. Theatrical Outfit stages Horton Foote’s dark [...]
  • VIDEO: Willy Wonka gets conserva(tory)

    Kathy Janich
    31 Mar 2014 | 8:51 am
    Join Encore Atlanta live at 1 p.m. Wednesday to learn how Fabrefaction Theatre Conservatory has bumped up its education mission.
  • Eat, Drink and Be Festive

    Kathy Janich
    25 Mar 2014 | 9:03 am
    Georgia’s festival “season” actually encompasses much of the year, but none is as sweet as spring, when snow, ice and wind give way to dogwood and magnolia blossoms.
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    Atlanta Theater Fans - Your Guide To Atlanta Theater And Online Community

  • Megan Hilty Will Headline Alliance Theatre’s A TONY EVENING

    Kenny Norton
    15 Apr 2014 | 7:58 pm
    Atlanta’s nationally acclaimed Alliance Theatre will host its 6th annual A Tony Evening at the W Hotel – Midtown on May 10, 2014.  The star-studded party of the year benefits the Alliance Theatre’s programs for youth and families, connecting the arts to children both young and young at heart. The 2014 A Tony Evening will ...
  • Disney’s The Lion King – An Atlanta Theater Fans Review

    admin
    15 Apr 2014 | 7:46 pm
    Having heard about Disney’s The Lion King, I knew that it would be something special, but until I saw it, I didn’t know how phenomenal it would be. The musical, which has returned to Atlanta, is making its Fox Theatre debut. Based on the beloved movie, the musical features new songs and an updated storyline ...
  • The Legacy Theatre Presents Chicago

    admin
    14 Apr 2014 | 7:52 pm
    The wait is over!  On April 18, 2014, the Legacy Theatre will present the Tony Award®-winning musical, Chicago! Boasting a popular score with songs like “And All That Jazz,” “Mr. Cellophane,” “Cell Block Tango,” and “Me and My Baby,” the Legacy’s production marks the first time Chicago has been seen on a local Atlanta stage in ...
  • Camelot – An Atlanta Theater Fans Review

    admin
    14 Apr 2014 | 7:26 pm
    Camelot, now onstage at Georgia Ensemble Theatre, has thrilled audiences for generations.  With a film, a Live HBO broadcast, three Broadway revivals and a few U.S. tours in its history, the musical has a rich legacy in American theater. Based on T.H. White’s famous novel The Once and Future King, the musical tells the story ...
  • UNDER THE STREETLAMP and GENTLEMAN’S RULE Joint Tour Plays Atlanta’s Symphony Hall on April 29

    admin
    14 Apr 2014 | 5:47 am
    UNDER THE STREETLAMP and GENTLEMAN’S RULE have launched a 50-city U.S. concert tour that includes a stop at Atlanta’s Symphony Hall on Tuesday, April 29 at 7:30 PM.  Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased via Ticketmaster or by calling 800-745-3000. With the mantra “Retro never sounded so now,” UNDER THE STREETLAMP is ...
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    Theatre Geeks

  • 120 Can there too much theatre tech?

    dave@theatregeeks.com (Dave Dufour, John Shoup, Marcia Fulmer)
    8 Apr 2014 | 3:00 pm
    The Geeks discuss the high- and ever higher-tech state of theatrical productions and wonder if “enough” is actually too much, and whether technology helps or hinders a community... More info at theatregeeks.com
  • 119 Leave that stuff at home! Dealing with bad behavior in the theatre.

    dave@theatregeeks.com (Dave Dufour, John Shoup, Marcia Fulmer)
    28 Mar 2014 | 8:21 am
    What can you do to deal with backstage hanky panky and other disruptive “stuff” in community theatre? Community theatre is a great social activity, but problems do arise when behaviors... More info at theatregeeks.com
  • 118 Is it Actor or Actress?

    dave@theatregeeks.com (Dave Dufour, John Shoup, Marcia Fulmer)
    18 Mar 2014 | 5:46 am
    Is the term “actress” outmoded? The Geeks have been accused of being a little “old school” at times (whatever that means), and all three of us remember when the term... More info at theatregeeks.com
  • 117 Awards Nights for Community Theatre: the pros and cons

    dave@theatregeeks.com (Dave Dufour, John Shoup, Marcia Fulmer)
    12 Mar 2014 | 8:59 pm
    Are awards nights at a community theatre a good thing or a bad thing? After a peculiarly breathy beginning, the Geeks get down to the business of awards. Some community theatres have an annual... More info at theatregeeks.com
  • Colleen Williamson talks about her life entertaining on cruise ships

    dave@theatregeeks.com (Dave Dufour, John Shoup, Marcia Fulmer)
    2 Mar 2014 | 3:18 pm
    Community theatre was Colleen Williamson’s springboard to an exciting life performing on cruise ships. Colleen Williamson Colleen Williamson joins us for a fascinating talk about her life as a... More info at theatregeeks.com
 
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    Shakespeare Geek

  • Twitter 5000

    14 Apr 2014 | 6:48 pm
    Hi Everyone!As you all know, Shakespeare Day is coming. My favorite holiday!  I spent the day tweeting and blogging, and try to have as many special events planned as I can.I've noticed that I've got 4943 followers on Twitter, which is awfully close to that nice round 5000 number. If you've enjoyed the Shakespeare Geek blog over the years and you're not yet a follower on Twitter, is there something I can do to convince you?  Everything that gets blogged gets tweeted - but not everything that gets tweeted gets blogged! There are many spontaneous games that we play, links that are…
  • The 2048 Faces of Shakespeare Game

    11 Apr 2014 | 6:53 am
    First there was Angry Birds, then there was Flappy Bird.  Then came 2048. If you've managed to escape the latest internet addiction, consider yourself lucky!  The game is a very innovative spin on a combination of "slide puzzles" and match game.  Every time you match a tile, it changes to a new tile. Keep going until you hit the top tile.  Easy? Try it.It didn't take long for somebody to realize that this game has nothing to do with numbers and everythig to do with having a custom set of images representing the tiles.  Thus, "Make your own 2048 game" was born.Thus was…
  • Now That's A Silly Question

    10 Apr 2014 | 6:41 pm
    Jaguar's lastest television commercial asks, "Will you watch a 2.5 minute car commercial to hear Tom Hiddleston recite Shakespeare?"What a silly question.Does anybody recognize who the actor is in the first Shakespeare part?
  • What's Up With Gonzalo?

    10 Apr 2014 | 7:10 am
    My deep dive into The Tempest continues.I always thought of Prospero's friend Gonzalo in some sort of Polonius-esque "advisor to the king" role.  He's supposedly friendly to Prospero, yet he's in charge of the plot to kick Prospero out:PROSPEROBy Providence divine.Some food we had and some fresh water thatA noble Neapolitan, Gonzalo,Out of his charity, being then appointedMaster of this design, did give us, withRich garments, linens, stuffs and necessaries,Which since have steaded much; so, of his gentleness,Knowing I loved my books, he furnish'd meFrom mine own library with volumes…
  • RIP Mickey Rooney

    6 Apr 2014 | 8:36 pm
    Mickey Rooney holds an honor that not many actors will ever accomplish. Having started his career in 1926 and worked his entire life, until his passing in 2014 at the age of 93, he worked in *10* different decades. That's insane. He started working when he was 6 years old and never stopped.Cruising through page after page of his IMDB profile I noticed that he did the voice for both "Year Without a Santa Claus" as well as "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town."  Seems about right! He actually voiced or played Santa it looks like 6 different times.But this blog isn't about Santa Claus, or Rankin…
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    Acting in London

  • 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,…
  • 7 Things to Look For in Your Audition Classes

    Tom London
    4 Dec 2013 | 3:21 am
    Your audition experience can certainly mean the difference between executing a fine performance, that puts you well and truly under notice, or not being considered because you weren’t able to offer your best work. For many actors, the audition process can pass as a blur, without you ever having had control over the 10 or so minutes in the casting room. Numbers of audition workshops, or classes, cater to refining this particular set of skills. In order to discern which may hold the greatest benefit, I have compiled a list of the key things to look for, to ensure you get the most out of…
  • 3 Lessons Great Actors Learned from Sanford Meisner

    Tom London
    21 Nov 2013 | 3:46 am
    I’ve received some interesting responses for our 5 books every actor must own article. Most of them were opinions from other performers on exactly which books and teachers helped them the most. What I really found curious was actors paraphrasing quotes about “actor’s faith” and “truthful acting“, while at the same time saying how none of the Meisner books really spoke to them. I’d like to take this opportunity to remind our young thespians of some lessons that Sanford Meisner has taught thousands of successful actors and acting teachers that are…
  • Best Networking Tips for Actors

    Tom London
    15 Nov 2013 | 5:38 am
    Like it was said about a dozen times in our short handbook for actors, Networking (with a capital “N”) is a skill that every actor looking for a break has to master. Some of us choose to ignore this, but the fact remains that entertainment business is about who you know (or rather, who knows you). Check out below some of our best networking tips for actors to use whenever the opportunity comes up. Best Networking Tips for Actors Greatest places for networking are industry parties, gatherings and of course film festivals, as we have already covered. Now let’s say…
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    Your Performance Partners

  • Broadway…at the Movies?

    Your Performance Partners
    15 Apr 2014 | 7:35 am
    Broadway theatre in New York City, like other segments of the U.S. performing arts industry, competes for audiences against an increasing variety of at-home, on-demand entertainment options. How well Broadway adapts to these challenges will influence its future success. More Shows, Less Audience. According to Broadway League statistics, the 2012-13 season saw the highest number of productions opening (46) in the past 29 Broadway seasons, dating back to 1984-85. However, those productions entertained the smallest audience (11.57 million) since 2002-03. Younger Crowds. The 16th annual audience…
  • Appreciating the Art$?

    Your Performance Partners
    8 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    Two recent news stories in the New York Times caught our eye as an interesting juxtaposition of the “value” placed on the performing arts today. $trato$pheric $tradavari. In June, Sotheby’s auction house will host a sealed-bid auction for a rare Stradavari viola built almost 300 years ago. The asking price for this instrument – one of only 10 known Strad violas – starts at $45 million! The previous record for a musical instrument was $15.9 million for a Stradavari violin sold at a 2011 auction. While rare instruments appreciate in value, some of the performing groups where those…
  • Become an April Fool – All Year Long!

    Your Performance Partners
    1 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    “When we are born, we cry that we are come to this great stage of fools.” ― William Shakespeare, King Lear Almost everyone dreads feeling foolish. But avoiding humiliation should not prevent us from risk-taking that frees our repressed, innate creativity. Participating in the performing arts is an important way to nurture a healthy sense of foolishness – a courageous imagination that embraces life’s possibilities. The arts keep the mind and spirit young. Childish Example. Most children play make-believe and create imaginary worlds. They explore characters, jobs and roles –…
  • Rigging 101, Part 1: A Question of Balance

    Your Performance Partners
    25 Mar 2014 | 6:53 am
    Whether you worked on the stage crew for your high school play or you’re a full-time professional stagehand in a big city opera house, chances are you’ve used counterweight rigging. The system of ropes, weights, and pulleys can seem both commonplace and mysterious, especially if you’ve never been formally trained in its use. It’s commonplace. Counterweight rigging systems have been installed in performance spaces for more than 100 years, and many new performing arts centers still choose counterweights over motorized rigging systems. They haven’t gone the way of Kodachrome film and…
  • Irish Stew: Cultural Notes from the Emerald Isle

    Your Performance Partners
    17 Mar 2014 | 10:49 am
    Cork School of Music In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, we’ll turn the spotlight green and focus on a few unique aspects of Ireland’s culture – then and now. Handel Seeks Irish Affection…and Beer? One of Ireland’s biggest musical triumphs is due to a German tourist composer and the debut of his Easter oratorio now heard every Christmas. Follow us? G.F. Handel traveled from London to Dublin, Ireland’s cultural hub, in 1741. Although one of Europe’s most celebrated musicians/composers, Handel was seeking a more appreciative audience – and maybe a pint of Guinness. (OK, he was 17…
 
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    The Study and Pursuit of Acting

  • Peer to Peer

    Allen
    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 is the name-collecting and followup business. In A Universal Career Jumpstart, I put down three lists I think every actor should draw up and add to on an ongoing basis. Setting to the side any and all internal work the actor might do to keep themselves moderately sane, and all the forward-gazing goals, mantras, and conceptualizing, if…
  • A Prism Doesn’t Think

    Allen
    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 of making a choice about the matter. A director’s job is to look at the light, figure out which prism does the best job refracting that particular light, and manipulate a bunch of prisms during rehearsal or shooting so in combination they create a light show… like that. No… Like THAT. So one thing you can do is ensure you, the prism, are clear,…
  • What is Required Of Me By This Story?

    Allen
    17 Mar 2014 | 12:06 pm
    Here’s a question I think actors should ask themselves more often: What is required of me by this story? Asking this question can lead to a much faster understanding of “what to play” than will hours of mental gymnastics regarding “what is my internal truth regarding the character/situation”? I’m not trying to knock that traditional question, but I find there to be a major pitfall with singular “what is my personal truth?” analysis: Sometimes your own truth about a given situation is simply not appropriate to the story before you. Take your…
  • Showcases, Workshops & Integrity

    Allen
    2 Dec 2013 | 12:55 pm
    Lights up on…. An agent showcase. Over the next hour or so, fifteen scenes will be performed, about 3 minutes each. Almost all will be glib comedies with glib acting, no one giving a shit about anything other than whether this so-called ‘work’ will please… them. THEY. The all-powerful THEY, who will assess your talent, your look, and then hopefully represent you and get you auditions.  Recently a scene was performed in class. It was a two-and-a-half-minute rather glib comedically-tilted fight between a young couple at a party – an awkward compliment he had…
  • Patton Oswalt Nails It

    Allen
    9 Aug 2013 | 10:38 am
    A student of mine sent this to me – comedian Patton Oswalt’s keynote at last year’s Just For Laughs Comedy Festival. It is awesome. Watch it. Live it. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5MSmoWKFz5A  
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    Performing Bum - Blog

  • Long Shots that Might Just Pay Off

    15 Apr 2014 | 8:08 pm
    So as you know, yeah, I have a large amount of debt that I have to pay off and I should be completely paid by the time I'm 66 years old, so if I didn't have some long shots, then I would be absolutely crazy. Those long shots to me are Falstaff Coffee Company, Valkyrie Theatre Company, Performing Bum and other business ventures.  I'm doing my best to cultivate these businesses and create a profit. Once the profit is achieved, I will be able to have an independence that I thought might not have been previously available. You've got to have some kind of a dream, and at some point, I…
  • A Way to Pay Off 108k

    15 Apr 2014 | 7:38 pm
    I don't know how in the hell I came out of college with 108k in student loans. They are a terrible burden which I must face alone. I dug this hole and I have to dig my way out of it. I am currently 36 years old. If I live to be the ripe old age of 80-100 years of age, I have on the outside about 50-70 years left. If  I were to pay about 20% of my current pay, I would have about 300 dollars a month to devote to the amount. That means that I'm looking at 3,600 a year. I'm looking at about 30 years of payments from today. So I have debt relief to look forward to when I am around 66 years of…
  • The Decline and Fall of the American Theatre

    15 Apr 2014 | 5:38 am
    There are a lot of people that speak about the decline of American theatre and it's effect on the way it is currently done and the way it will be done in the future. What I've always believed is that we really don't reinvent things but remix things. Over and over again. The elements it took to make the iPhone were here at the time that the pyramids, but our focus was on something completely different. There are a lot of individuals wondering why we still have to give the milk for free if the we are a capitalistic society and still many more that believe that we should really pick one if we…
  • The Handbook for the Theatrically Deceased

    12 Apr 2014 | 10:23 am
    There's a certain population of individuals who got into theatre at a very early age, and went through the education system. At one point, they decided to get of the train of unemployment and heartache following the dream of theatre in exchange for a real life. Usually these people still go and see a show every once in a while, but all to often, they leave the life all together. What is the ultimate deal breaker in living the life that they wanted to live? Kids? House? Food? Basic necessities of growing older? What is it that makes the theatrically inclined give up the limelight and…
  • Why You Should Listen Twice As Much As You Speak

    9 Apr 2014 | 7:35 pm
    There's a moment when you start believing your accolades. It's a moment when your past accomplishments seem larger than anything you will complete in the future. We all at one time or another think that we are completely phony. Recently I had a conversation where the individual who I was speaking to spent more time dancing around the issues rather than listening and being inquisitive about the individual that they were talking to. I spoke to another individual who had give and take in the conversation. There was an exchange of ideas, and I left that conversation feeling great. The other…
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    Theatre Geeks

  • 120 Can there too much theatre tech?

    Dave Dufour
    8 Apr 2014 | 3:00 pm
    The Geeks discuss the high- and ever higher-tech state of theatrical productions and wonder if “enough” is actually too much, and whether technology helps or hinders a community theatre’s creative approaches. Theatre Geeks - community theatre and the performing arts
  • 119 Leave that stuff at home! Dealing with bad behavior in the theatre.

    Dave Dufour
    28 Mar 2014 | 8:21 am
    What can you do to deal with backstage hanky panky and other disruptive “stuff” in community theatre? Community theatre is a great social activity, but problems do arise when behaviors that may (or may not) be ok away from the theatre become distractions or even liabilities within a cast. While we can’t regulate people’s feelings, we can set guidelines that make for a better experience for all. The Geeks discuss dealing with bad behavior, and more importantly, preventing it. Send us YOUR feedback. Music provided by Music Alley. Theatre Geeks - community theatre and the…
  • 118 Is it Actor or Actress?

    Dave Dufour
    18 Mar 2014 | 5:46 am
    Is the term “actress” outmoded? The Geeks have been accused of being a little “old school” at times (whatever that means), and all three of us remember when the term “actress” was the standard way of referring to a female on stage. In this abbreviated episode, the Geeks discuss why and when the terminology appeared to change, and whether or not it’s ok to still use the older term. What do YOU think? Is this even a debate worth having? Should those who say “actress” be subject to a social smackdown? Let us know via our contact form (below)…
  • 117 Awards Nights for Community Theatre: the pros and cons

    Dave Dufour
    12 Mar 2014 | 8:59 pm
    Are awards nights at a community theatre a good thing or a bad thing? After a peculiarly breathy beginning, the Geeks get down to the business of awards. Some community theatres have an annual in-company awards ceremony honoring best actors/actresses, directors, etc. Some may feel that this only breeds internal jealousies and bad feelings. Others may feel it provides an incentive for quality in all aspects of production. The Geeks tell you what they think. Now, what do YOU think. Let us know via our contact page. Music provided by Music Alley. . . . → Read More: 117 Awards Nights for…
  • Colleen Williamson talks about her life entertaining on cruise ships

    Dave Dufour
    2 Mar 2014 | 3:18 pm
    Community theatre was Colleen Williamson’s springboard to an exciting life performing on cruise ships. Colleen Williamson Colleen Williamson joins us for a fascinating talk about her life as a cruise ship actress, singer and entertainer, that started over 20 years ago. Possessed of a great singing voice and natural acting ability, Colleen was urged by a friend to audition with a cruise ship line’s entertainment arm. Today, she travels much of the year, to places most of us only dream about, and performs on the water in everything from musical comedies to her own cabaret act. All…
 
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