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  • Pajama Jam 7 electronic dance party wona t put attendees to sleep

    21 Nov 2014 | 8:35 pm
    What: “Southern California's Biggest Pajama Party” features Zany, Bare Noize, Xilent, Freedom Fighters, Caffeine, Kristina Sky, Novaspace, We Bang, Kahn, Sub Serge, Dyverse, Bulimiatron and more. Where: Belasco Theater, 1050 S. Hill St., Los Angeles.
  • Glenn Close heads all-star cast in revival of 'A Delicate Balance'

    21 Nov 2014 | 4:30 pm
    After a 20-year absence triple-Tony winner Glenn Close returned to Broadway in a revival of Edward Albee's Pulitzer Prize winning play, "A Delicate Balance," a production that elicited an uneven response from critics who found it both blistering and boring. Close, 67, plays matriarch Agnes opposite Tony winner John Lithgow, 69, as her husband in the play that premiered on Broadway in 1966 and opened on Thursday night for a limited run at the John Golden Theater.
  • Bill Cosby's Treasure Island show in Vegas canceled

    21 Nov 2014 | 12:21 pm
    One gig is gone for Bill Cosby. Officials at the Treasure Island hotel and casino in Las Vegas say they've "mutually agreed" with the comedy to cancel his Nov. 28 show.
  • Mourning Mike Nichols, the enemy of mystery

    21 Nov 2014 | 8:11 am
    In this Nov. 13, 1980, file photo, Gilda Radner, center, and Sam Waterston, left, stars of the new Broadway comedy "Lunch Hour," share a laugh with Mike Nichols after opening night.
  • Review: Herbert Siguenza sparkles in 'Weekend With Picasso'

    21 Nov 2014 | 4:02 am
    Herbert Siguenza does quite a bit of both with considerable style in his cheeky 90-minute homage to the genius, "A Weekend With Picasso." The actor/writer best known for his work with the Latino theater collective Culture Clash explores the man and the myth behind the Picasso mystique in this insightful solo show.
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  • 5 Auditions You Don’t Want to Miss

    21 Nov 2014 | 1:13 pm
    It’s never a bad idea to go on more auditions. Here are five from this week that might peak your interest! “AVENUE Q”This Off-Broadway, Equity production is casting seven roles Dec. 17 in New York. For your audition, prepare a short song, for which you should bring sheet music, that showcases your range. As always, picture and résumé should be stapled together. “KIDNAPPING INC.”This feature film taking place in Haiti and shooting Port-au-Prince, Haiti in the summer of 2015 is seeking Creole speakers to tell the story of the titular corporation,…
  • CSA to Honor Richard Linklater for ‘Boyhood’

    21 Nov 2014 | 11:10 am
    Keeping a cast together for a dozen years deserves a little recognition, according to the Casting Society of America. The group is set to present “Boyhood” director Richard Linklater with their Career Achievement Award at the 30th Annual Artios Awards in January. The award “recognizes an individual’s contributions to the entertainment industry and inclusion of the casting director in the overall creative process.” CBS Entertainment Chairwoman Nina Tassler was the last person to be honored by the CSA with the award. During the production of…
  • Now Casting ‘Night at the Museum 3’ Premiere and Upcoming Auditions

    21 Nov 2014 | 7:22 am
    Character actors are being sought for the premiere of the third “Night at the Museum” film “Secret of the Tomb.” Actors will work the premiere part and the red carpet for the Ben Stiller-starring film’s premiere, and this gig is paid. Hopefuls must be available Dec. 9 for a fitting and Dec. 11 for the premiere party.  Ten roles are being cast, and submissions are being sought from the NYC area. For more details, check out the casting notice for the “Night at the Museum 3” premiere here, and be sure to check out the rest of our audition listings!
  • L.A. Now Casting ‘Margreet’ and Other Upcoming Auditions

    21 Nov 2014 | 7:11 am
    Talent is currently being sought for the short film “Margreet.” “Margreet” is a short film that is seeking talent to fill 10 roles, and is inspired by the exotic dancer Mata Hari who was accused of spying for Germany during WWI. The production is seeking both male and female actors, and will shoot this December in Los Angeles. Auditions will be held Nov. 24 in Hollywood. For more details, check out the casting notice for “Margreet” here, and be sure to check out the rest of our Los Angeles audition listings! Photo: Greta Garbo in 1931’s…
  • Finally, a Documentary on Auditioning and 4 Other Events for L.A. Actors

    20 Nov 2014 | 2:04 pm
    Actors now have their answer to “Showrunners,” the recently released documentary about TV writers and producers that included interviews with Steven S. DeKnight and J.J. Abrams. Instead of the writer’s room, “Showing Up” provides an “unprecedented” look at the audition. Married co-directors Riad Galayini and James Morrison, both actors themselves, compiled the narrative “from more than 50 interviews with notable artists including: Kristin Chenoweth, Richard Griffiths, Zoe Kazan, Nathan Lane, Chris Messina, Sam Rockwell, Bill Irwin and Eli…
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  • Connie Nielsen on the 1 Thing That Helps Her Through Auditions

    21 Nov 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Connie Nielsen has a long list of notable projects under her belt including “Gladiator,” the “Nymphomaniac” films, “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” and “The Good Wife,” where she plays Ramona Lytton, Peter Florrick’s (Chris Noth) private attorney. Most recently, Nielsen plays Maren in the dramedy “All Relative” from writer-director J.C. Khoury (“The Pill”), a cougar of sorts who spends a couple of rowdy nights with Harry (Jonathan Sadowski), who’s having girl trouble of his own. Later, when Maren…
  • Timothy Spall Improvises ‘Mr. Turner’ to Life

    21 Nov 2014 | 12:00 pm
    When one improvises films, as director Mike Leigh has done to much acclaim, one is limited only by the last choice made. The stories and characters can carom in any direction; a burst of inspiration can lead the film into entirely different realms. So the concept of improvising a biopic, with established characters and a historically accurate plot, is more than usually daunting. Not so for Leigh (who previously took the same approach to “Topsy-Turvy”) or star Timothy Spall, who have created a warts-and-all look at British 19th-century landscape painter J.M.W. Turner with…
  • 7 Insights (or ‘Frank-isms’) From Frank Wildhorn

    21 Nov 2014 | 11:00 am
    Frank Wildhorn knows how to showcase a voice. The composer for musicals as diverse as “Jekyll and Hyde,” “The Scarlet Pimpernel,” and “Bonnie and Clyde” has provided voice students and auditioning singers plenty of material. And to honor his impressive career, Wildhorn and friends will bring the legend’s hits to Broadway’s supper club in the weeklong celebration “54 Below Celebrates Frank Wildhorn.” Jeremy Jordan and Laura Osnes—the stars of Wildhorn’s short-lived “Bonnie and Clyde”—will join the…
  • #IGotCast: Alex Carrillo

    21 Nov 2014 | 10:00 am
    When he first started acting, Alex Carrillo was frustrated by the same conundrum many early-career performers face: Booking jobs is difficult without experience, but the only way to gain experience is to book a job. That’s why the breadth and variety of projects listed on Backstage came in handy, Carrillo says. “I started to understand that student films are a great résumé-builder and help you a lot when trying to make a video reel.” The 19-year-old actor has steadily added to that résumé and can now count multiple productions cast through the…
  • 6 Ways Felicity Jones Prepared to Play Jane Wilde

    21 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
    Starring in a biopic can lead an actor down a dull, predictable path, but Felicity Jones’ performance as Stephen Hawking’s wife, Jane Wilde, in “The Theory of Everything” adroitly avoids every single trope. “It didn’t feel like there was anything I couldn’t explore,” says Jones. “I knew immediately when I went round to Jane’s house [in preparation for the role] and she opened the door, she was sort of just this vision of expression. She has a real lightness to her and I thought that’s an amazing contrast: the lightness of her…
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    6 Nov 2014 | 12:59 pm
    This Sunday on HBO at 9pm, the final season of The Newsroom begins. There are only 6 episodes this season and I hope you watch them because Aaron Sorkin has outdone himself with the finale he has created. All the actors (and HBO execs) were on pins and needles wondering what he would come up with . . . especially given that he ended Season 2 with what could have been interpreted as a finale. In the last episode, he gave me an extended scene to die for and wraps up Leona’s and the newsroom’s dilemma in the most surprising way. But to ‘get’ it, you need to have seen all…

    31 Oct 2014 | 2:32 pm
    Happy Halloween! I’ve been working a lot which is great, and I will fill you in via my upcoming blogs, but today wanted to let you know that this coming Sunday, Nov 2nd, I will be on The Simpsons! Last January I was invited to be the voice of Democratic Assemblywoman, Maxine Lombard who is secretly Mr. Burns’ girlfriend, a most unlikely pairing as you’ll see when you watch, and a fact that horrified my grandchildren. “No, Grandma, it can’t be! You’re not Mr. Burns’ girlfriend.” I loved it. I rarely get that much reaction from them when it comes…

    16 Oct 2014 | 7:55 pm
    On October 10th I was one of the Lifetime Impact Honorees at the 6th annual Variety’s Power of Women luncheon. In a partnership with Lifetime, Variety established the award in order to honor Women in Entertainment who have a significant philanthropic impact. Imagine how excited I was to receive this award alongside, Jennifer Lopez, Reese Witherspoon, Viola Davis, and Universal’s Donna Langley. It was fun to have some (brief) time before the luncheon began to catch up with these other 4 amazing women. I was being recognized for my work with GCAPP. Hard to believe its been 20 years…
  • LA Times: Jane Fonda sparked NFL Hall of Famer Michael Strahan’s life of fitness

    7 Oct 2014 | 11:17 am
    “What a compliment! I love being credited with Michael Strahan’s introduction to fitness! Enjoy the article.” When Michael Strahan was a boy, his brothers teased him about his weight. To the rescue: Jane Fonda workout videos. (Disney-ABC Domestic TV) By NANCY LLOYD At 6 feet, 5 inches, Michael Strahan — the co-host of “Live With Kelly and Michael” and “Good Morning America” and a 2014 inductee into the Pro Football Hall of Fame — defies pigeonholing. Strahan, 42, began exercising three decades ago after his older brothers teased him about his…

    14 Sep 2014 | 1:26 pm
    I wrote a week ago but I’ve had problems with my computer so I couldn’t send it out until today. Women stars of THIS IS WHERE I LEAVE YOU: Abigail Spencer, Tina Fey, Connie Britton and moi I arrived early evening last Saturday, Sept 6th, and had dinner with my BFF, Paula Weinstein, her daughter Hannah Rosenberg (my goddaughter) and her friend at the Asian restaurant in the new Shangrila Hotel. (Sorry about the red eye problem. Can’t fix it on my iPad.) Warner Brothers (who distributes “This Is Where I Leave You”) was having a party upstairs and I’d heard Al…
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    The Wicked Stage

  • The Last Real Thing

    Rob Weinert-Kendt
    27 Oct 2014 | 6:38 pm
    I'm not a big fan of the current Broadway revival of Stoppard's Coward-esque romcom, but I had seen and, to my recollection, somewhat enjoyed a production of it about a decade ago in L.A., at International City Theatre. I just dug up my brief review as part of my old Wicked Stage column for Back Stage West, and see that not only did also happen to catch a (lukewarm) production of Cloud 9 around that time featuring Ione Skye (!) but that I actually found The Real Thing somewhat wanting as a play, as again I do on Broadway:The problem isn't Jules Aaron's direction but, I dare say, the…
  • I Could Laugh Out Loud

    Rob Weinert-Kendt
    15 Oct 2014 | 5:55 am
    Jay Armstrong Johnson, Tony Yazbeck, Clyde AlvesIf I were "officially" reviewing the new Broadway revival of On the Town for hire, I would probably be required to note some of its flaws and excesses; it has both. But I feel bound to record here that I found John Rando and Joshua Bergasse's production glorious top to bottom, and that it captured like no other show I've ever seen on a stage the bright-eyed, bushy-tailed pop fizz of the great mid-period MGM musicals--Singin' in the Rain, The Band Wagon, Easter Parade (I don't usually include the just-fine film version of On the…
  • FoS, Bonus Track 1: The Subtle Distinctions

    Rob Weinert-Kendt
    9 Oct 2014 | 9:27 am
    As I learned in my reporting on the new musical of Jonathan Lethem's novel The Fortress of Solitude, Lethem made a two-CD "mixtape" for supplementary listening when the book was published in 2003, and he "semi-mass-produced" it for interested friends and colleagues (he estimated he made about 500 copies--enough to catch the attention of, and get a formal review from, no less an eminence than Robert Christgau). He handed over a copy to composer Michael Friedman, director Daniel Aukin, and bookwriter Itamar Moses when they embarked on their unlikely adaptation, which opens at the Public Theater…
  • Fortress Goes Public

    Rob Weinert-Kendt
    9 Oct 2014 | 9:11 am
    The cast of The Fortress of Solitude at Dallas Theater Center (photo by Karen Almond)I've been hearing about this Fortress of Solitude musical for nearly as long as it's been in development. I think Itamar Moses told me about it for this LA Times piece, but I'm pretty sure that Isaac Butler--a huge fan of the novel and a friend of all the musical's creators, including Moses, director Daniel Aukin, and composer Michael Friedman--tipped me off about it earlier. Aukin mentioned it when I spoke to him for the NY Times, too.In any case, this unlikely project has reached fruition and…
  • The Annoying Guy at the Party

    Rob Weinert-Kendt
    7 Oct 2014 | 2:14 am
    I've heard from colleagues that sometimes they don't really know what they think until someone asks them--whether in the context of teaching a course explicating what they do, or just in the context of a pointed interview question. I shouldn't be surprised by the notion; I've often said I don't know exactly what I thought of a show until I've written the review. I recently had the occasion to be interviewed by Matt Windman, a theater critic for am New York, for a book about theater criticism, slated to be published next year by McFarland & Company. One answer he got from me so well…
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  • Introducing The Science of Equality

    13 Nov 2014 | 11:25 am
    by Isaac Butler    Perception Institute, the research consortium where I serve as Senior Editor, is launching a landmark series of reports on discrimination and the mind called The Science of Equality. The first in this series, published today, synthesizes hundreds of studies to demonstrate for the lay reader how implicit bias, stereotype threat and racial anxiety shape health care and education outcomes. It also (and here's the part I'm really excited by) details cutting edge empirically tested methods for reducing bias and anxiety and making education and health…
  • What #Pointergate Has in Common with The Protocols of the Elders of Zion

    12 Nov 2014 | 10:47 am
    by Isaac Butler Little bit of an addendum to this piece I wrote over at my employer's joint. The use of negative stereotypes for political gain predates any scientific understanding of how discrimination works in the mind. There's many very famous examples of political ads and propaganda using negative stereotypes of a group to influence seemingly-unrelated policy outcomes. Perhaps most famous there's the Willie Horton ad, but the practice way predates that. In fact, one of the most famous examples of racist propaganda ever falls into this category: The Protocols of the Edlers of…
  • "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time"

    7 Nov 2014 | 10:48 am
    By Isaac Butler Theatre is the slowest of art forms. When Doubleday published Mark Haddon’s The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, it was, if not quite the vanguard of a trend, certainly an early adopter. The book cleverly married a first-person exploration of autism with two well-known genres, the British provincial mystery and the coming of age story. In this, it followed in the footsteps of Jonathan Lethem’s Motherless Brooklyn, which took the hardboiled gumshoe novel and remade it through the eyes of a narrator with Tourette’s. Haddon’s debut novel was a sensation and…
  • Plus Ca Whatnow?

    6 Nov 2014 | 11:40 am
    By Isaac Butler Um, hey guys, just because something’s popular doesn’t mean it doesn’t have value. This work from supposedly disreputable genres like superhero comics and science fiction and high fantasy and stuff? We shouldn’t discount it just because it’s popular. Sure there might be problems at times with style or whatever, but there’s also deep engagement with the world, with the way we live, with politics to be found there. Just because it’s easy and entertaining doesn’t mean it should be ignored.  *** Hey this is great! We’re talking about Philip K. Dick and…
  • The White Boy Looks at the Black Boy

    8 Oct 2014 | 8:38 am
    (With the recent stories about the white woman suing a sperm bank for accidentally giving her black sperm, I thought I'd re-up a piece I wrote a few years ago about my relationship with (and to) my older brother, who is black. In going back and reading the original-- which is published under a different title on Thought Catalog-- I decided to revise, updating with the events of the past couple of years since I initially wrote it, and cleaning up some prose I was unhappy with. The results are below.) In my first memory of us, we are fighting, my older brother and I.  Of course we…
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    Theater Loop - Chicago Tribune

  • REVIEW: Uplifting return by Dance Theatre of Harlem

    22 Nov 2014 | 9:19 am
    Dance Theatre of Harlem has risen from the dead with stunning aplomb and force. It's not a miracle, though, except perhaps of perseverance and hard work. When the company announced a yearlong hiatus in 2004, it had 44 dancers and a $2.3 million debt. Eight years later it returned from the grave...
  • Chicago Children's Theatre gets $5 million in state funds

    22 Nov 2014 | 8:24 am
    Illinois Governor Pat Quinn is expected Saturday night at a fundraising gala for the Chicago Children's Theatre — where he will announce $5 million in new state funding to help the long-itinerant, non-profit theater company purchase and renovate a former police station in Chicago's West...
  • REVIEW: 'Dr. Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas!'

    21 Nov 2014 | 1:39 pm
    Cindy Lou Who'd believe it? The Grinch got his union card! I don't mean that Shuler Hensley, who plays the verdant old meanie on the road, is the newest member of Actors' Equity Association. Au contraire. Hensley has more Broadway credits than the Whos have Roast Beast, including a Tony...
  • A scene from 'Burning Bluebeard'

    21 Nov 2014 | 9:15 am
    This week's Theater Loop Showcase video is Leah Urzendowski in "Burning Bluebeard," the dark holiday play from The Ruffians beginning Dec. 13 at Theater Wit.
  • BROADWAY REVIEW: 'A Delicate Balance' at Golden Theatre

    20 Nov 2014 | 7:00 pm
    NEW YORK — “But in the end how do you get hold of hollowness,” was the rhetorical question asked by the perplexed critic Walter Kerr, when Edward Albee's “A Delicate Balance” first opened on Broadway in 1966. Back then, critics and audiences had just come to...
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    Theatre Minima

  • How Fast Can A Sewing Machine Work?

    28 Oct 2014 | 4:14 am
    No one really knows the fastness of sewing machines unless one is specific. Understand that sewing machines come in two different types. There’s the manual sewing machine and there’s also the electric one. The manual sewing machines do not use any electricity but it’s still fast compared to hand stitching. This type of sewing machine derives its power from the sheer force of the feet of the user. Meaning, the user is required to pedal the foot pedal of the machine to make it work. Meanwhile, electric sewing machines are operated, obviously, by energy. Users need not pedal as much…
  • A Few Ideas for a Modern Kitchen

    24 Oct 2014 | 1:36 am
    People have their basic needs in life. Considering the Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, you will see the primary necessities include the physiological like air, water, food and shelter. These things are the most important requirement for survival and protection. Thus, the house is not only considered as want but rather a need. Moreover, everybody wishes to have their own house which serves as their residence. This is a place where anybody could have security and protection. Most would even wishes to have their dream place to live with. Furthermore, a typical house may consist of different areas…
  • Signs of a Malfunctioning Slow Cooker

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

  • Picture Prompt: What are they talking about?

    Lindsay Price
    22 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    Picture Prompt: What are they talking about? November is Picture Prompt Month here at Theatrefolk! That means we’ve got a month of Picture prompts for your Saturday exercise. Each picture comes with a process that will take students from automatic writing to a monologue. Ideas can come from anything and everything. But it’s always a good idea to give students a jumping off point. Pictures are a great jumping off point for creative writing. Click here for a printable PDF of this exercise! Today we’re looking at a conversation. It’s two guys, looking out. Who are they? Where are they?
  • Shakespeare from the Outside In

    Lindsay Price
    18 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    Episode 119: Shakespeare from the Outside In A talk with teacher, physical performer, director and Drama Teacher Academy instructor Todd Espeland about looking at Shakespeare from the outside in. How can you physicalize Shakespeare? Listen in to get a great punctuation tool! Show Notes Drama Teacher Academy Episode Transcript Welcome to TFP – The Theatrefolk Podcast – the place to be for Drama teachers, Drama students, and theatre educators everywhere. I’m Lindsay Price, resident playwright for Theatrefolk. Hello, I hope you’re well. Thanks for listening. You have arrived to…
  • The Professional Development Roadmap

    Lindsay Price
    17 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    The Professional Development Roadmap A guide to defining your strengths and weaknesses as a drama teacher. Picture yourself at a crossroads. Map in hand. Maybe a couple of tumbleweeds. A farmhouse in the distance, ragged scarecrow – use your imagination. You could go in any direction. The problem is you don’t know where you’re going. You don’t know the destination so how could you possibly choose? And there’s an even bigger problem: you don’t know how to read the map. Does the classroom ever feel like this for you? You struggle to get through each day without a plan. Or…
  • Picture Prompt: The Portrait

    Lindsay Price
    15 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    Picture Prompt: The Portrait November is Picture Prompt Month here at Theatrefolk! That means we’ve got a month of Picture prompts for your Saturday exercise. Each picture comes with a process that will take students from automatic writing to a monologue. Ideas can come from anything and everything. But it’s always a good idea to give students a jumping off point. Pictures are a great jumping off point for creative writing. Click here for a printable PDF of this exercise! Today we’re looking at the the portrait. There are so many things that can go on behind the scenes in a happy…
  • The Jack of All Trades Myth

    Lindsay Price
    12 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    The Jack of All Trades Myth Have you ever heard this? You have to be a specialist in order to teach something. Or how about this? Those who can, do; those who can’t, teach. And then there’s this: Jack of all trades, master of none. You’ve probably heard these statements. Maybe you believe them. When it comes to drama teachers, we think none of these statements are true. It’s better if you’re a generalist rather than a specialist It’s essential that you have chosen to be in the classroom. And EVERY drama teacher is a Jack of all trades! You have to be. Most teachers believe…
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    The Bad Boy of Musical Theatre

  • Into the Words

    Scott Miller
    20 Nov 2014 | 12:31 pm
    I like to pose questions about musicals on our Facebook page. One time I asked our fans to name a musical theatre character or couple who really needs therapy. We got some hilarious answers. Sometimes these questions get dozens of answers and hundreds of views, and it's such fun to read them all. Every once in a while, someone will reference a show I don't know, so I scurry over to Google and see what I can find.A few weeks ago, I asked folks to quote a piece of a theatre lyric that makes a very wise saying. I was anxious to see what people would come up with. Of course, lots of people quoted…
  • Catching at Dreams

    Scott Miller
    17 Nov 2014 | 4:22 pm
    The legendary (notorious?) Merrily We Roll Along was a neo musical comedy (before there was such a thing) that just didn't work, opening just nine months before Little Shop of Horrors, the first neo musical comedy that did work, setting the tone for so many shows that followed, like Bat Boy, Urinetown, Cry-Baby, Lysistrata Jones, Heathers, and lots of others.For those who aren't regular readers of this blog, a neo musical comedy is a show that uses the conventions of old-school musical comedy, but in an ironic, postmodern, self-aware, more political context. The neo musical comedy takes the…
  • Six Questions with Andrew Lippa

    Scott Miller
    8 Nov 2014 | 4:45 pm
    This is the second in an occasional series in which I ask a bunch of theatre composers the same questions and see how similar and different they are. Composer-lyricist Andrew Lippa (The Wild Party, Big Fish, The Addams Family, john & jen, I Am Harvey Milk) recently agreed to go under the microscope..Have most of your projects been initiated by you or by others?Most by me. Does your writing process change with different collaborators?Always, gratefully. What’s the most important element for a story to have to make a great musical?Passionate feeling. What’s your most common mistake or…
  • May I Have a Definition...?

    Scott Miller
    1 Nov 2014 | 6:25 pm
    One of our actors recently committed the sin of mistaking soundtrack for cast album. Cue the audible gasp from all the gay men. Shit like that can be contagious.And can we talk about all the "serious" musical theatre books that think through-composed means sung-through...? (Spoiler Alert: It doesn't.)Makes me wanna slap 'em all with the score to March of the Falsettos. This is the Information Age, people.Then again, thinking and writing about musical theatre hasn't always been taken seriously; and because neither music scholars nor theatre scholars want to claim the musical theatre…
  • Six Questions with Stephen Flaherty

    Scott Miller
    29 Oct 2014 | 10:49 am
    This is the first in an occasional series in which I ask a bunch of theatre composers the same questions and see how similar and different they are. Stephen Flaherty (Ragtime, Once On This Island, My Favorite Year, Seussical, Rocky) was the first to reply...Have most of your projects been initiated by you or by others?The ideas of most of my projects have come mostly from others. I am good at finding musical worlds I am interested in exploring but the actual stories and underlying properties have come from others.Does your writing process change with different collaborators?I principally…
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    Cambiare Productions

  • Austin Needs a Place

    Travis Bedard
    14 Nov 2014 | 9:13 am
    Making art is a grind. As with child birth we tend to forget to the gross majority of the creation process isn’t magic, it’s a slog. So when we see an artistic birthing process we simultaneously reject it as something that never happens to us and runaway because: repulsive. Something is about to happen in Austin that is rarer then hen’s teeth on a dragon egg in a blood moon. A new indie theatre venue is being born. It’s been ten years since that was the case in Austin and I’m sure that’s true in your City. New venues are generational. I’m also sure…
  • Austin is a Place

    Travis Bedard
    28 May 2013 | 2:26 pm
    I have been toiling away in the puppet mines on a show called Cruel Circus for the last little stretch, right on the heels of assaying John of Gaunt and and the Bishop of Carlisle in Richard II. We’ll have a little more on that shortly but it was a side project during that time that I want to talk about now. Howlround is the online journal of the Center for Theatre Commons run off the campus of Emerson College in Boston. They function as a US-focused clearinghouse for folks wrestling with questions large and small about theatre art and business. Editorially they try to run blocks of topical…
  • A subject speaks…

    Travis Bedard
    18 Feb 2013 | 1:11 pm
    On Thursday you have the opportunity to not only see the opening night of a play, but an opening night of a company as Poor Shadows of Elysium open their doors to the tune of a coin-flip Richard II at the Curtain (good seats still available!). This process has been a joy. I am reunited with several of my compatriots from last summer’s 7 Tower’s production of Tis Pity She’s a Whore and I’ve been allowed to play John of Gaunt and the Bishop of Carlisle. If you haven’t read Richard II let me say simply that I get to deliver two of the greatest speeches ever put to paper. I get to do it…
  • All About a Video

    Travis Bedard
    11 Feb 2013 | 10:35 am
    Word is in and we are chagrinned to announce that All About a Boy will not be reprised for Frontera’s Best of Fest. You missed it. We’re not bitter though. This show was a blast to experience live as the energy was off the charts and the embarrassment was palpable. (On the internet no one can hear you cringe…) To show there’s no hard feelings? Enjoy it as best you can from where you are:   Thanks to Elena, Mallory and Aaron for having the courage to take this on, to Mariah MacCarthy for always being up for a challenge (and then acing it), and to Will and Amanda for covering my…
  • Is there a Doctor in the house?

    Travis Bedard
    4 Feb 2013 | 10:26 pm
    Last week I closed a four week run of Doug Wright’s Quills with Austin’s Different Stages and I wanted to jot down a few things I learned that will be helpful to me going forward. Please bear with me if this makes no damn sense or is insufferably precious about acting. Doctor Royer-Collard is the sort of apoplectic asshole I’ve been playing since I was 16. He’s Horace Vandergelder with a bad childhood. He wants happiness and love… he just sucks at them and so clings to the rigidity of the framework The Rules supplies to force others into the same misery. The Doctor is what the free…
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  • Why Alessandro Nivola Loves “The Elephant Man”

    Raven Snook
    20 Nov 2014 | 8:11 am
    Bradley Cooper wasn’t the only actor obsessed with bringing the Williamstown Theatre Festival revival to Broadway — Welcome to Building Character, our ongoing look at performers and how they create their roles When director Scott Ellis called Alessandro Nivola back in 2012 about playing the part of moralistic Victorian doctor Frederick Treves in a mounting more » The post Why Alessandro Nivola Loves “The Elephant Man” appeared first on TDF STAGES: A THEATRE MAGAZINE.
  • The Animal (Mask) Inside His Mind

    Linda Buchwald
    19 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    How Trip Cullman evokes the teenage horror in Punk Rock — Forget a simple blackout. When MCC Theater’s production of Punk Rock transitions between scenes, we’re treated to loud music, flashing lights, and young actors dancing around in animal masks. And even though they take place between the scenes of Simon Stephens’ play, these moments more » The post The Animal (Mask) Inside His Mind appeared first on TDF STAGES: A THEATRE MAGAZINE.
  • This Play Truly Sees the Suburbs

    Kenneth Jones
    18 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    How Naperville finds the beauty mall-ville — It seems inevitable that at some point in a playwright’s career, the imagination will be tugged homeward toward the people, places, and conflicts responsible for shaping the writer. Look at Eugene O’Neill’s plays set in Connecticut, August Wilson’s in Pittsburgh, Horton Foote’s in Texas. Mat Smart, who was more » The post This Play Truly Sees the Suburbs appeared first on TDF STAGES: A THEATRE MAGAZINE.
  • WATCH: Wild new videos in the Theatre Dictionary

    Mark Blankenship
    17 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    The Theatre Dictionary is back in action. Woo! In case you’ve never visited, the Theatre Dictionary collects short, funny films that define theatre lingo. Wanna know what an 11 o’clock number is? Watch this video with the cast of Avenue Q! Trying to explain “commedia dell’arte” to your friends? Just show them this video starring more » The post WATCH: Wild new videos in the Theatre Dictionary appeared first on TDF STAGES: A THEATRE MAGAZINE.
  • Did You Notice the Tiny Fireflies?

    Mark Blankenship
    14 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    The set for Lost Lake explodes with details — There’s no way to see the entire set of Lost Lake. A slightly surreal cabin in the woods, it’s packed with so many objects that it would take hours to absorb them all. And besides, some elements are only visible to the actors—props and pictures tucked more » The post Did You Notice the Tiny Fireflies? appeared first on TDF STAGES: A THEATRE MAGAZINE.
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    Theatrical Intelligence

  • Theatrical Intelligence: What Does It Mean And Why Does It Matter?

    Ann Sachs
    5 Nov 2014 | 9:31 pm
    A dear friend asked me recently, while looking oh-so-confused:  “What IS Theatrical Intelligence, anyway?” I was mortified.  I thought to myself, I’d better write A SUMMARY to explain what it means and why it matters. So here goes: Theatrical Intelligence is a system that identifies and captures your unique area of talent in order to bring it into your work and your workplace. It’s based on the theatrical production model, which is built on the foundation of all theatre: COLLABORATION. Why does this matter?  73% of Americans describe themselves as not engaged or…
  • My Inner Critic, My Friend

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

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

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

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

  • Three’s company with holiday stagings at Aurora Theatre

    Kathy Janich
    21 Nov 2014 | 8:36 am
      Aurora Theatre has a holiday show for every member of the family. See one, two or all three with PoshDealz discounted tickets. Christmas Canteen is a nostalgic musical revue with traditional songs and more, a band and a merry group of singer-dancers. It runs in conjunction with the company’s Festival of Trees, and you can’t get [...]
  • He’s alive! That hooligan Lord Byron seizes Aris Theatre stage

    Kathy Janich
    13 Nov 2014 | 3:53 pm
      Trust Byron, at Aris Theatre, is subtitled Mad, Bad and Dangerous, which should give you some idea of what to expect. You’re invited to spend an evening with the 19th-century Celtic hooligan, revolutionary warrior and dilettante, who was the world’s first rock star and banished from England for his tumbling sexual appetite. Aris promises a [...]
  • Fox Theatre names its No. 1 fan

    Kathy Janich
    13 Nov 2014 | 11:15 am
    The Fox Theatre's No. 1 fan, determined in a social media contest, is Sharon Frank of Palmetto. She related the story of a first date in 1967 — with the man she'd eventually marry.
  • ‘Snow Queen’ chills Serenbe Playhouse this holiday season

    Kathy Janich
    7 Nov 2014 | 9:16 am
      Before the feature film Frozen, there was The Snow Queen, as Serenbe Playhouse likes to say, both based on the original Hans Christian Andersen tale. Only the latter bewitches Serenbe playgoers this holiday season. The tale of loyalty, redemption and love comes to life in a world premiere adaptation by Rachel Teagle (Serenbe’s The Sleepy Hollow Experience, Alice in Wonderland, [...]
  • Alliance’s ‘Harmony,’ ‘Choir Boy’ top 2014 Suzis

    Kathy Janich
    3 Nov 2014 | 9:55 pm
    The Alliance Theatre, one of the largest companies in the Southeast, won 11 Suzi Bass awards on Monday night, as local theater professionals convened to honor their own.
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    Lois Backstage

  • Five Random Thoughts on Stage Managing

    19 Nov 2014 | 2:33 pm
    Cue the SM Duckie overseeing tech rehearsals Tomorrow I’m heading out to my alma mater to speak with an intro to theatre and a directing class about what it is that stage managers do and the director/stage manager relationship and it has had me thinking a lot about what stories I want to tell and what I want to highlight for the students.  But as I’ve been thinking there have been a few random thoughts that I wanted to share. 1. I keep hearing about people in the industry who say they wish they’d known about the wide range of jobs available for non-performer/directors when…
  • Upcoming: Solo Collective presents Small Parts

    6 Nov 2014 | 4:22 pm
      Photo of Jeff Gladstone & Eileen Barrett by Johnny Liu I’m back in the rehearsal hall with Solo Collective (after a year away from this fantastic company) and we’re getting ready to open Small Parts next week.  What is Small Parts? SMALL PARTS is inspired by the author’s real life experience directing his mother’s first play about her talking and singing diseased body parts, while learning that she was dying of ovarian cancer. Funny, heartfelt and musical, David Hudgins has taken this very personal story and created a theatrical memory play rich in little truths…
  • Happy International Stage Managers Day (#StageMgrs14)

    10 Oct 2014 | 3:03 pm
    Today is the 2nd annual International Stage Managers Day. Some theatre companies are handing their twitter accounts over to their SMs for the day, others brought in baked goods, swept up, or got the stars to make the places call. However you chose to celebrate, may your blacks be dark as midnight, your actors well behaved, and your theatre ghosts friendly!     Me? I’m sending emails, scheduling meetings, and planning things – just like every day.
  • No Smoking in Vancouver – Not Even E-cigs

    7 Oct 2014 | 10:21 am
    Local actress Lucia Frangione smoking an e-cig in Pacific Theatre’s Espresso, produced prior to the bylaw amendment. On Tuesday, September 30th, Vancouver City Council (acting on a recommendation from staff), amended the Vancouver smoking bylaw in a unanimous vote, to read: Health Bylaw 9535 (with amendment 11076) 2.2 A person must not smoke or vapourize: (a) in a building, except in: (i) a dwelling unit or sleeping unit defined under the Zoning and Development By-law including a dwelling unit in which an owner or occupier also carries on a business, (ii) a hotel or motel room or…
  • If it’s Factory Theatre vs. the Toronto theatre critics, we are all going to lose

    24 Sep 2014 | 8:43 pm
    It started this morning with a tweet from Globe and Mail theatre critic Kelly Nestruck: If you click on that image it will take you to the majority of the online, public, conversation (though there have been a number of side conversations about it on twitter throughout the day and I’m sure many more conversations held in private). The gist of the issue is thus: For the upcoming show at Factory, The Art of Building a Bunker, the producers are hosting an opening night five days (three performances) in advance of the date that the media are invited to. Aislinn Rose, one of the producers…
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    Atlanta Theater Fans - Your Guide To Atlanta Theater And Online Community

  • Holiday Musical Quiz

    22 Nov 2014 | 7:14 am
    How well do you know your holiday musicals and holiday songs? Take our quiz below to test your knowledge and see where you rank. In the first section, order the productions from the oldest to the newest based on the year that each premiered in New York. In the last sections, choose the best choice [...]
  • See Photos from Gifts of the Magi at Theatrical Outfit

    20 Nov 2014 | 12:13 pm
    The Gifts of the Magi returns to Theatrical Outfit. Based on two of O. Henry’s classic short stories, “The Gift of the Magi” and “The Cop and the Anthem”, playwright Mark St. Germain artfully weaves the two stories together, connected by a narrator, and wrapped in tuneful songs that will fill patrons’ hearts with the [...]
  • Actor’s Express Presents Bad Jews

    20 Nov 2014 | 10:16 am
    Actor’s Express kicks off the new year with Joshua Harmon’s blistering comedy Bad Jews running January 24 through February 22, 2015. Called the “best comedy of the season” by The New York Times, this savagely funny play, which was developed by Joshua Harmon during his National New Play Network playwriting residency at Actor’s Express, was the [...]
  • “Ho, Ho, Home for the Holidays and a Connie Sue Day Christmas” at Actor’s Express

    20 Nov 2014 | 10:03 am
    Atlanta cabaret legend Libby Whittemore reprises her annual holiday show “Ho, Ho, Home for the Holidays and a Connie Sue Day Christmas” at Actor’s Express this December. Back for her sixth year of Libby’s at the Express, Whittemore enchants audiences with her beautiful voice and one-of-a-kind showmanship. For her December offering, Libby will be joined [...]
  • Rabbit Hole – An Atlanta Theater Fans Review

    18 Nov 2014 | 5:44 pm
    There’s nothing as devastating to a couple as the loss of a child. The event changes people as they struggle with their grief. The Pulitzer Prize-winning Rabbit Hole by David Lindsay-Abaire, now onstage at Stage Door Players, provides a powerful look at the challenges that a couple faces after the loss of their four-year-old son. [...]
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    Theatre Geeks

  • How to save your theatre, part 2 (Dave Dufour, John Shoup, Marcia Fulmer)
    12 Nov 2014 | 6:28 pm
    Build more bars? This episode is part two of our discussion of Brendan Kiley’s, article in the Seattle-based The Stranger. “Ten Things Theaters Need to Do Right Now to Save... More info at
  • How to save your theatre, Part 1 (Dave Dufour, John Shoup, Marcia Fulmer)
    12 Nov 2014 | 6:17 pm
    Enough with the Shakespeare already? A few months ago, the Geeks came across an article by Brendan Kiley, writing in the Seattle-based The Stranger. The post in question is titled “Ten Things... More info at
  • 139: Some thoughts about theatre promotion (Dave Dufour, John Shoup, Marcia Fulmer)
    6 Oct 2014 | 6:11 pm
    Broadcast, print, direct mail and the web — sorting out theatre promotion The Geeks discuss some options, discuss what works and what doesn’t and a bit about how the landscape has... More info at
  • 138 Animals Onstage (Dave Dufour, John Shoup, Marcia Fulmer)
    28 Sep 2014 | 6:45 am
    Or, how to keep your theatre from going to the dogs Sooner or later, your theatre will come upon a play that you want to produce, but it requires an animal, or even animals onstage for some scenes.... More info at
  • 137 Richard Engling, Chicago Playwright (Dave Dufour, John Shoup, Marcia Fulmer)
    21 Sep 2014 | 3:14 pm
    Chicago playwright Richard Engling remembers friend Fern Chertkow with the Afterlife Trilogy Playwright talks with the Geeks about his friend, his play and his process. Chicago Playwright Richard... More info at
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    Shakespeare Geek

  • Whoa, Wait .. Is Disney Doing Midsummer Night's Dream?!

    14 Nov 2014 | 5:05 am
    [Hat tip to Will Sutton of I Love Shakespeare for this one!]The thought of a mass market animated Shakespeare has compelled me for years. I followed every story I could find while waiting for Gnomeo and Juliet to see the light of day (seriously - here's a 2006 post, and here's 2011 post when it finally came out). I've also been saying for years, you'll note, that I think they should do The Tempest.But I'll take Midsummer, too!It appears that Strange Magic will hit theaters January 23! Created by Lucasfilm (which was started by George Lucas and now owned by Disney), produced by Touchstone (who…
  • King Lear and Sydney's Arcadia?

    11 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    I received a request this evening from Hikari, who is studying at university in I assume Japan (from his .jp email address). Hikari asks:I'm going to write an essay about King Lear's sub-plot and its source Sydney's "Arcadia"(the story of the Paphlagonian King). But I couldn't find secondary sources for my essay yet. Do you know any sources about it?I had to go do my research to even understand the question, but I've never been shy to admit when I have no idea. The story of the Paphlagonian King refers to the Edmund/Edgar/Gloucester plot of Lear, which drew on Sydney's Arcadia as a source.
  • The Divine Miss Macbeth

    7 Nov 2014 | 5:00 pm
    The other day we learned that Cyndi Lauper is really into Shakespeare. Today in another one of Reddit's famous AMA's, Bette Midler went ahead and dropped some Shakespeare into the conversation without needing an invitation:Lady Midler as Lady Macbeth?I don't know, what do people think? I'm trying to think of her most memorable roles, and I keep coming up with comedy. Could she handle one of the great tragedies? Or do we see her more in a comic role? What I don't see her in is any sort of supporting role. Whatever she does, it seems that she's got to be front and center.
  • Stop Teasing Me, Middle School

    7 Nov 2014 | 1:16 pm
    My daughter, I may have mentioned, is in middle school. At the beginning of the school year my wife copied down all the relevant events from the school calendar to our personal calendar. I noticed that next weekend it says, "Fall play : Shakespeare."What's this now?I hit the school web site for details.  I've mentioned in the past that my town has an excellent Shakespeare program at the high school, and is part of an invitation-only festival in Lennox, Mass every year.  So if they say they're doing Shakespeare I'm not going to miss it. But alas, this is the middle school not the…
  • Dancing With The Shakespeare

    6 Nov 2014 | 10:38 am
    I'm not sure how many of you watch ABC's Dancing With the Stars, either because you're in another country and have no idea what it is or because you just got sick of them playing fast and loose with the word "star" about 10 seasons ago. But!  This week was "Dynamic Duo" week, and somebody (Val and Janel) did Romeo and Juliet. I always pay closer attention when there's a chance that somebody's gotten some Shakespeare into other random stuff.Unfortunately there's not a whole lot of Shakespeare to be found, once you get past the name. Check it out (they did get a perfect score for the…
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    Voice Coaches

  • Feed the Soul this Holiday Season

    19 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    Turkey, stuffing and cranberry sauce… oh my!!! The trifecta of holiday edibles is only one week away from being devoured by yours truly and with the hustle and bustle of the season upon us I wanted to impart a few helpful hints in getting the demo out there. Holidays are a great time of year to get that demo out there and offer your services to local food banks, toy drives, restaurants, small shops and more! Sometimes it is not about the paycheck but about the donation of the services not only for ones own karma but for the networking contacts that can be made with the simple…
  • Vetting Gratitude

    12 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    Gratitude is a tricky thing. As voice actors we are grateful for a courteous producer, a great piece of copy, heck we are just grateful for a paying gig!!! In our daily lives the hustle and bustle of work; home, family and miscellaneous obligations weigh heavily upon most of us as an albatross of responsibility. We love our families and our jobs and our crazy, hectic schedules but gratitude for the most part is not something that we easily live into. Why is that? Yesterday was a day where humility and gratitude were bountiful. As a training facility we are lucky enough to have students from…
  • The Pre-New Year Resolution

    5 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    Procrastination is the ugly step cousin of success. It’s that member of the family reunion we know comes every year and we maintain our love/hate relationship with them throughout. To any new voice actor or any voice actor for that matter, procrastination can be a slow and painful death. I am reminded of the contrite adage “Don’t put off until tomorrow what you can do today” and to that I say, thanks a lot Benjamin Franklin!!! It’s easy to talk the talk but can you walk the walk? Then on closer inspection you notice the long list of accomplishments Mr. Franklin has accrued and one…
  • This Is Halloween

    29 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    In preparation for this spook-tacular weekend upon us, if you are anything like me, as any Halloween buff would be, you are proudly playing the sound track of Nightmare Before Christmas. There is no greater moment than the present to declare myself a Tim Burton fanatic. More to the point, his fanciful journeys into “Halloweentown” endeared him to me from the first time I watched this pic. Is it the claymation? Is it the language? Is it the exquisite beauty of the sadness I see before me? Silly goblins!!! It was the voice acting of course muahahahaha! From paper to screen the entire…
  • Belief in the “Suspension of Disbelief”

    22 Oct 2014 | 7:39 am
    Dinner? Check. Fluffy couch? Check. TV on? Check. Preparing my nightly routine of eating my dinner while purveying the latest television gold, I began to percolate with ideas for this week’s blog entry. While I hemmed and hawed and weighed my options I haphazardly scrolled through the channels unaware that my topic was right in front of me. As I stopped to watch 30 seconds of this and 2 minutes of that I noticed an emerging theme; all of my new television faves and some of my oldies were fundamentally built around the idea of a fourth wall voice over; that narrator from the sky hinting and…
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    Your Performance Partners

  • Top Safety Features? Even High-Performance Hoists Need Them

    Your Performance Partners
    20 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    In designing our new high-capacity hoist, the design team at J. R. Clancy focused on speed, increased travel … and the top safety features required to meet the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 79: Electrical Standard for Industrial Machinery, and ANSI E1.6-1 – 2012 – Entertainment Technology – Powered Hoist Systems We started with the benefits our customers want: Titan® High-Performance Hoist provides a reliable head block for long, trouble-free life, and a zero-fleet angle that allows venues to install this compact, efficient hoist in just about any setting. Depending…
  • Q&A Spotlight: Sound Advice @ LDI

    Your Performance Partners
    18 Nov 2014 | 6:07 am
    We caught up with Denny Meyer, Acoustics Product Manager with the Wenger Corporation, who is attending LDI2014 this week in Las Vegas. YPP: What is an acoustical banner? Meyer: It’s a relatively new solution for providing variable, passive acoustics in performance venues. Variable acoustics means the performance space can be tailored to the specific type of performance, whether it’s a large symphony, small ensemble, drama or lecture. Passive acoustics uses architectural wall/ceiling shapes and surface treatments to improve acoustics by diffusing and absorbing sound. YPP: Can sound be…
  • Saluting a Texas Military Band

    Your Performance Partners
    11 Nov 2014 | 7:30 am
    In honor of Veterans Day, we’ll salute a military band we visited last December, just a week after their renovated facility opened at Camp Mabry in Austin, Texas. Updating History. For more than two decades, the 36th Infantry Division Band, part of the Texas Army National Guard, had used a building designed in 1918. It was built as a quick, cheap and temporary structure — basically just a wooden hangar – and it badly needed updating. In the project, materials from the original building were reused, including pine siding, roof tresses and roof decking; the exterior reflects the…
  • Election Day: Vote for Arts, Schools

    Your Performance Partners
    4 Nov 2014 | 4:12 am
    If you’re concerned about the future of arts funding across the country – and there’s good reason for concern* – be sure to exercise your democratic power today. Vote for officials who share your views and offer visionary solutions that will nurture our nation’s rich cultural heritage. [*When adjusted for inflation, public funding for the arts has decreased more than 30 percent the past 21 years.] And while it’s easy to get excited about sparkling new performing arts centers, theaters or civic centers, don’t forget about also supporting your local K-12 schools where tomorrow’s…
  • Kennedy Center President Inspires

    Your Performance Partners
    28 Oct 2014 | 7:08 am
    Earlier this month, Deborah Rutter spoke to the weekly luncheon of the National Press Club (NPC) in Washington, D.C. Thanks to the transcript posted on NPC’s website, we almost feel like we were in the audience [applause] – except we’re still hungry! [laughter] Rutter took on the prominent role of Kennedy Center president in September, and is the first woman to hold that position. While her remarks received some national media attention, here are a few interesting highlights we took away: Art Tells Stories. In the manner of all good speakers, Rutter sought common ground with her…
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    Theatre Geeks

  • How to save your theatre, part 2

    Dave Dufour
    12 Nov 2014 | 6:28 pm
    Build more bars? This episode is part two of our discussion of Brendan Kiley’s, article in the Seattle-based The Stranger. “Ten Things Theaters Need to Do Right Now to Save Themselves.” In this episode the Geeks talk about Kiley’s suggestion that a little alcohol makes for a happier audience. There are pros and cons, not the least of which are liability, audience composition and of course the legal and licensing issues. Also, can a theatre really make money offering alcohol to patrons? All this and more in this episode. Music provided by Music Alley Link to The…
  • How to save your theatre, Part 1

    Dave Dufour
    12 Nov 2014 | 6:17 pm
    Enough with the Shakespeare already? A few months ago, the Geeks came across an article by Brendan Kiley, writing in the Seattle-based The Stranger. The post in question is titled “Ten Things Theaters Need to Do Right Now to Save Themselves,” and it’s a pretty good read, even though some of the content is more geared toward professional theatres rather than community theatres. This is the first of two episodes in which the Geeks discuss a couple of Kiley’s assertions, and part two will post simultaneously with this one. In this episode we talk about Kiley’s…
  • 139: Some thoughts about theatre promotion

    Dave Dufour
    6 Oct 2014 | 6:11 pm
    Broadcast, print, direct mail and the web — sorting out theatre promotion The Geeks discuss some options, discuss what works and what doesn’t and a bit about how the landscape has changed.   Music provided by Music Alley Theatre Geeks - community theatre and the performing arts
  • 138 Animals Onstage

    Dave Dufour
    28 Sep 2014 | 6:45 am
    Or, how to keep your theatre from going to the dogs Sooner or later, your theatre will come upon a play that you want to produce, but it requires an animal, or even animals onstage for some scenes. Bell, Book and Candle‘s Pyewacket, Annie‘s Sandy and of course, The Wizard of Oz‘ Toto, are three that spring to mind. While these animals are essential, they also pose some special issues for actors and directors. While the goal is to get the best performance possible from an animal actor, the safety and well-being of the animal as well as cast members . . . → Read More:…
  • 137 Richard Engling, Chicago Playwright

    Dave Dufour
    21 Sep 2014 | 3:14 pm
    Chicago playwright Richard Engling remembers friend Fern Chertkow with the Afterlife Trilogy Playwright talks with the Geeks about his friend, his play and his process. Chicago Playwright Richard Engling It has been almost 30 years since award-winning author Fern Chertkow ended her own life, but her legacy lives on through the Afterlife Trilogy, a unique undertaking that fuses her writing with the work of novelist, playwright Richard Engling and his creative team at Chicago’s Polarity Ensemble Theatre. Paying tribute to the late author, the trilogy combines two novels – “Visions of…
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