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  • Video Flash: Bryan Cranston Can Even Turn Baseball Into Tony-Worthy Theater
    16 Sep 2014 | 4:00 pm
    The Breaking Bad star has found his next stage project.
  • Theater Review: ‘The Fatal Weakness’ Is Revived at the Mint

    NYT > Theater
    16 Sep 2014 | 2:46 pm
    “The Fatal Weakness,” which ran on Broadway in 1946 and is being restaged at the Mint Theater, is a domestic comedy with a twist.
  • Today in History for September 16, 2014

    Theater News
    16 Sep 2014 | 4:50 pm
    Today is Tuesday, September 16, the 259th day of 2014. There are 106 days left in the year.
  • 11 Tips for Avoiding Casting Scams News
    16 Sep 2014 | 1:59 pm
    Across a lot of websites there's been an increase in the number of internet scams targeting actors and models. At the end of this article you'll find an example of a recent scam to be on the lookout for. Backstage has a number of security measures in place to help keep scammers off of, but sometimes you might still run into scammers. So when looking at casting calls on any site, or when receiving messages from casting personnel you haven't worked with before, please keep an eye out for the following 11 warning signs: Bad Grammar: The majority of the scams are from…
  • USC’s David Bridel on the #1 Mistake to Avoid While Training Interview
    16 Sep 2014 | 11:00 am
    Currently the director and head of movement for the University of Southern California’s MFA Acting program, David Bridel has his hands full: In addition to leading the continuous shaping of the recently revamped curriculum, teaching daily, overseeing the hiring of professors, and directing productions, Bridel is also the associate dean and director of global & artistic initiatives, where he builds partnerships with foreign performance programs like China’s Shanghai Theatre Academy. After teaching at SUNY Purchase, Rutgers University, The Actors Center in New York, UCLA, and…
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    Theater News

  • Today in History for September 16, 2014

    16 Sep 2014 | 4:50 pm
    Today is Tuesday, September 16, the 259th day of 2014. There are 106 days left in the year.
  • Construction Underway on Incline Theater

    16 Sep 2014 | 3:45 pm
    Instead of a groundbreaking, the Cincinnati Landmark Theater held a curtain raising, to highlight the work on their new Incline Theater, because construction is already underway. Workers are building a 220-seat theater, and a multi-level parking garage at Matson and West 8th.
  • Theater shooting victim's parents sue ammo seller

    16 Sep 2014 | 2:43 pm
    The parents of a woman killed in the Colorado theater shootings filed a lawsuit Tuesday accusing four online retailers of improperly selling ammunition, tear gas, a high-capacity magazine and body armor used in the attack. The lawsuit alleges it was illegal and negligent to sell the gear to James Holmes, who is accused of killing 12 people and injuring 70 in the July 20, 2012, attack.
  • Portola Valley theater company snags heavy-hitter as artist-in-residence

    16 Sep 2014 | 11:38 am
    When the San Jose Repertory Theatre went under earlier this year, it left the regional theater community in dismay. Members of that community included the "Rep's" award-winning artistic director, Rick Lombardo.
  • Obama's embrace of 'theater' on ISIS helps struggling Dems

    16 Sep 2014 | 11:38 am
    Buzz Cut: a Obama's embrace of 'theater' on ISIS helps struggling Dems a Baier Tracks: Long week a First in Fox News First: NRCC ramps up with six new spots a Joe Biden and a busload of nuns a Of hogs and serenity OBAMA'S EMBRACE OF 'THEATER' ON ISIS HELPS STRUGGLING DEMS President Obama and Democrats hit the panic button two weeks ago as voters expressed deepening despair over Obama's foreign policy and the makings of a terrible tide in November were taking shape. The president acknowledged having failed at " the theater " of presidential leadership and, after a fashion, turned to new, more…
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  • 11 Tips for Avoiding Casting Scams

    16 Sep 2014 | 1:59 pm
    Across a lot of websites there's been an increase in the number of internet scams targeting actors and models. At the end of this article you'll find an example of a recent scam to be on the lookout for. Backstage has a number of security measures in place to help keep scammers off of, but sometimes you might still run into scammers. So when looking at casting calls on any site, or when receiving messages from casting personnel you haven't worked with before, please keep an eye out for the following 11 warning signs: Bad Grammar: The majority of the scams are from…
  • 9 99-Seat Companies That Put L.A. Theater on the Map

    16 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
    We all know Los Angeles is the land of film and television; home to all of the major studios and a hub for independent production, the road to on-camera stardom undoubtedly lies somewhere near Hollywood and Vine. But L.A. actors are not limited to digital versus celluloid; the 99-seat theater plan, introduced by Actors’ Equity as a way for performers to showcase their work in a low-risk/low-cost environment, is alive and thriving. L.A. actors take note: Here are 9 99-seat companies that are definitely worth following.  Actors GangThis prominent 34-year-old company is helmed by…
  • Now Casting ‘The Success of the Master Race’ and Upcoming Auditions

    16 Sep 2014 | 7:20 am
    Talent is currently being sought for the feature film “The Success of the Master Race.” “The Success of the Master Race” is a satirical drama/dark comedy “about an awkward dinner party between two couples in a New York City apartment.” Four lead roles are being cast for this production, and the producer plans on applying for a SAG-AFTRA agreement.  Submissions are being sought from NYC and including video clips is optional. For more details, check out the casting notice for “The Success of the Master Race” here, and be sure to check out the…
  • L.A. Now Casting ‘One Buck’ and Upcoming Auditions

    16 Sep 2014 | 7:10 am
    Talent is currently being sought for the feature film “One Buck.” “One Buck” is a dark feature film about detectives in the vain of “True Detective.” Several roles are being cast including two lead and over 30 others. Submissions are being sought from Los Angeles, NYC, and certain Louisiana and Texas cities. For more details, check out the casting notice for “One Buck” here, and be sure to check out the rest of our Los Angeles audition listings!
  • Are You Ready to Write?

    15 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
    Backstage University is bringing you a screenwriter, director, and acting coach to teach you how to get your story idea down into a working script. The upcoming webinar, “How Actors Can Start Writing Their Own Projects,” will teach you how to get to work on writing your own projects to further your career, and will be taught by D.W. Brown. Brown is an actor, writer, director, Backstage Expert, and studio co-owner and head teacher of The Joanne Baron/D.W. Brown Studio in Santa Monica, Calif. He is the writer-director of the feature film “On the Inside” (starring Olivia…
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  • USC’s David Bridel on the #1 Mistake to Avoid While Training

    16 Sep 2014 | 11:00 am
    Currently the director and head of movement for the University of Southern California’s MFA Acting program, David Bridel has his hands full: In addition to leading the continuous shaping of the recently revamped curriculum, teaching daily, overseeing the hiring of professors, and directing productions, Bridel is also the associate dean and director of global & artistic initiatives, where he builds partnerships with foreign performance programs like China’s Shanghai Theatre Academy. After teaching at SUNY Purchase, Rutgers University, The Actors Center in New York, UCLA, and…
  • Allen Maldonado’s 1 Tip for Taking Charge of Your Career

    16 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    Allen Maldonado booked three gigs the week after he fully recovered from being struck by a drunk driver, and he’s kept busy since then, appearing in the new Denzel Washington film “The Equalizer,” on FX’s “You’re The Worst” and Adult Swim’s “Black Jesus,” as well as directing the Web series “Who the Fuck Is Uncle Joe?” On landing “The Equalizer.”“I’ve done the audition where they’ve taken two, three months to go through the gamut of first call, second call, producer call, director call. When…
  • Pemberley Digital’s ‘Frankenstein, M.D.’ Revives the Classic Monster

    15 Sep 2014 | 11:00 am
    “It’s alive!” Thanks to Pemberley Digital and PBS Digital Studios, the 19th-century story of the infamous mad scientist has been reincarnated as “Frankenstein, M.D.,” a modern reimagining of the classic Mary Shelley novel. From executive producer Bernie Su (who brought us “The Lizzie Bennet Diaries” and “Emma Approved”) and creators Lon Harris and Brett Register comes Victoria Frankenstein, an obsessive aspiring doctor who’s determined to prove herself in the field of science and medicine. On the surface, the similarities are…
  • 1 Way to Conquer Your Audition Fear

    12 Sep 2014 | 12:00 pm
    “What’s your secret? What’s something you’ve never told another human being?” These questions form the primary building blocks for students of Brad Calcaterra, owner and creative director of the Studio and acting coach to Pat Squire and recent Emmy nominee Laverne Cox. “The secret you’re trying to keep is the art you’re trying to create,” explains Calcaterra. “I like to delve into a person to see what’s in there—it’s like clay that we can work with…. The more we feel comfortable with ourselves, the more clay…
  • ‘This Is Where I Leave You’ Writer Jonathan Tropper on Why He Thought You’d Never See This Film

    12 Sep 2014 | 11:00 am
    “Who’s going to option a film about a family sitting shiva?” was one of the first questions novelist Jonathan Tropper asked when his agent wanted to send his book “This Is Where I Leave You” out to studios. A story about what happens when an estranged family reunites to honor their father’s dying wish that they sit shiva, “TIWILY” isn’t your typical “dad died, now what?” film. From dealing with failed marriages and sibling spats to an oversharing mother who talks about the size of her deceased husband’s penis,…
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  • James Earl Jones, Chita Rivera, and Chuck Scarborough Set for Rolex's NEW YORK NEW YORK Honoring Angela Lansbury, 10/6

    16 Sep 2014 | 12:57 pm
    ROLEX presents NEW YORK NEW YORK a helluva town - Career Transition For Dancers' 29th Anniversary Jubilee on Monday, October 6th, 2014 at 700 pm at New York City Center, 131 West 55 Street btwn. 6th amp 7th Aves. NYC followed by dinner at The Grand Ballroom at The Hilton New York. Angela Lansbury will receive the 2014 Rolex Dance Award. Broadway dancer amp choreographer Alex Sanchez has created a special number with some of the best dancers from the great white way for the show. The music has been composed by Steven Jamall, who is the Music Director and Supervisor for Rosie O'Donnell and her…
  • Stephen Adly Guirgis to be Honored at 7th Annual 'Mimi' Awards Monday, 11/17

    16 Sep 2014 | 12:32 pm
    The Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust today announced that Stephen Adly Guirgis will be honored with the Steinberg Distinguished Playwright Award at the Seventh Annual Steinberg Playwright Mimi Awards, to be presented on Monday, November 17, 2014 at Lincoln Center Theater. The Mimi Awards promote theater as a vital part of our culture by nurturing American playwrights and encouraging the development and production of new American plays.
  • Public Theater's Free Mobile Shakespeare Will Tour PERICLES Throughout the Boroughs

    16 Sep 2014 | 12:21 pm
    Continuing its commitment to bringing free Shakespeare to the community and strengthening audience engagement with the arts, The Public Theater will mount its MOBILE SHAKESPEARE UNIT again this October with a free three-week tour to the five boroughs of Shakespeare's PERICLES, PRINCE OF TYRE, directed by Rob Melrose.
  • First Listen To Lady Gaga & Tony Bennett's 'Nature Boy'

    16 Sep 2014 | 12:20 pm
    International music superstar Tony Bennett teams up with chart-topping pop icon Lady Gaga for a new duets album containing multiple American Songbook standards, including the recent 1 iTunes Jazz chart-topping single of the Cole Porter musical theatre classic 'Anything Goes', and the next single, jazz standard 'Nature Boy', is now available to hear in full.
  • BWW TV: Inside Broadway's Star-Studded UPRISING OF LOVE Benefit with Sting, Jane Lynch, Stephen Schwartz & More!

    16 Sep 2014 | 12:05 pm
    Executive Producers Stephen Schwartz Wicked, Godspell, Pippin and Bruce Cohen American Beauty, Milk, Silver Linings Playbook just presented an all-star lineup for Uprising of Love A Benefit Concert for Global Equality night, September 15th at Broadway's Gershwin Theatre. BroadwayWorld was on the scene for the special event, catching up with performers including Sting, Lena Hall, Stephanie J. Block, and the evening's host, Jane Lynch
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    Jane Fonda


    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…
  • Jane Fonda Narrates New Documentary “Becoming California”

    8 Sep 2014 | 1:55 pm
    When I was asked to narrate the California Legacy Project’s documentary “Becoming California” I jumped at the chance. I’ve learned much about the makeup of the California landscape from its State Parks, having hiked in the Redwood forests and camped in Sequoia National Park among others, but I was surprised to learn there was much I wasn’t familiar with and even areas I thought I understood turned out to be far more unique and interesting than I ever imagined. I loved finding out about the geological histories that brought us what we see today— from the vast…

    3 Sep 2014 | 7:23 pm
    Okay, it’s starting to get real fun on this new Netflix series I’m shooting with Lily Tomlin (Don’t know when it will air–sometime after the thirteen episodes of the first season are finished –and you can start binge watching!). But I want to apologize to my blog readers because I haven’t been writing much. That’s because we shoot such long hours and there isn’t any time and what little leftover time there is, is spent (by me, at least) watching the dailies which takes hours but which is critical for me–that’s how I learn what works,…

    17 Aug 2014 | 11:23 am
    I was very excited when Martin Sheen was cast as my husband and Sam Waterston as Lily’s. It feels good to have my pal from “The Newsroom” with us on this new adventure. Most of my Newsroom scenes were with him and I grew to care for him a lot. I’ve never worked with Martin before but we’ve met on several occasions and we share values and concerns…actually, all four of us do. Another thing we all have in common is Aaron Sorkin. Between “West Wing” and “The Newsroom” we’ve all worked for him. We began shooting “Grace &…
  • Jane Fonda is back in the Emmy derby — and this time she’s ‘stoned’ (and nice)
    1 Aug 2014 | 9:48 pm
    Jane Fonda is back in the Emmy derby competing for Best Guest Drama Actress for her role in “The Newsroom” as eccentric media tycoon Leona Lansing – and this time she’s got several strong plusses: she’s nice, she’s stoned (more on that in a moment) and she gives a rousing speech in the episode she submitted to judges (“Red Team III”). click here for the complete article
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    The Wicked Stage

  • From the Review Vaults: The Color Purple, 2005

    Rob Weinert-Kendt
    11 Sep 2014 | 7:28 am
    I felt pretty lonely back in 2005, when as the critic for I raved about the musical version of The Color Purple. My colleagues were largely unimpressed, as you can see here. So I felt a tad vindicated when Ben Brantley all but recanted his earlier review after seeing John Doyle's stripped-down staging last year in London; all of a sudden the show's virtues shone through. I recently stumbled upon a copy of my review (some industrious chatboard poster had preserved it, as not only made sure I was the last theater critic in their employ, they also deleted all previous…
  • Too Much Freedom to Fail

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

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

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

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

  • Excerpt of Awesome @NYTObits on Bob Crewe

    JB Blogger
    15 Sep 2014 | 8:15 pm
    The New York Times posted a wonderful piece on the late Bob Crewe, highlighting his amazing career and reflecting on his talents and decades of success in the music business. Below is an excerpt: With bright bells, ample strings and big, precise percussion, Mr. Crewe’s productions were crisp confections that gave little ground to the [...]
  • Want an Exclusive Concert from the Stars of Jersey Boys Las Vegas? Become an #NFHopeConcert VIP! @JeffLeibow

    JB Blogger
    14 Sep 2014 | 8:15 pm
    Want an exclusive concert from the stars of Jersey Boys? Become an #NFHopeConcert VIP. If you become an NF Hope Concert VIP, you will be invited to a private reception, a concert from Jersey Boys Las Vegas cast members on the evening of Monday, September 29, and VIP seats at the 2014 NF Hope Concert [...]
  • Bob Crewe Photo Flashback #BobCreweDay

    JB Blogger
    12 Sep 2014 | 11:35 pm
    Since the announcement of Bob Crewe’s passing, journalists, pop music critics, colleagues, musicians, and fans have posted so many wonderful tributes honoring his legacy. On tonight’s NBC News, as Brian Williams announced the sad news that Crewe was no longer with us, I couldn’t help but notice his smile as he named several of the [...]
  • Video Flashback: Lady Marmalade by LaBelle & Christina Aguilera, Lil’ Kim, Mya, & Pink #BobCreweDay

    JB Blogger
    12 Sep 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Bob Crewe’s hitmaking streak continued for so many decades. In 1974, with Kenny Nolan, he wrote “Lady Marmalade.” Recorded by Labelle, this song became notorious for its sexually provocative, New Orleans-inflected chorus, “Voulez-vous coucher avec moi, ce soir?” and became a radio and dance club sensation. Labelle peaked at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 [...]
  • The Bob Crewe Foundation: Established in the Spirit of Giving Back #BobCreweDay

    JB Blogger
    12 Sep 2014 | 5:20 pm
    The late Bob Crewe decided he wanted to do something to give back to the world which had been so bountiful to him. In 2009, he funded and launched The Bob Crewe Foundation. It was his hope that through this endeavor many young, talented and aspiring people may be helped toward such a career as [...]
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  • Intent Doesn't Matter

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

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

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

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

    17 Jul 2014 | 9:58 am
    by Isaac Butler     There are no words.  
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    Theater Loop - Chicago Tribune

  • Goodman announces New Stages lineup

    16 Sep 2014 | 12:43 pm
    The Goodman Theatre has announced the schedule of its annual New Stages Festival.
  • REVIEW: 'The Downpour' by Route 66 Theatre Co. ★★★½

    16 Sep 2014 | 12:32 pm
    The best thrillers — and, believe me, playwright Caitlin Parrish's grippingly intimate new play "The Downpour" is as tense and disturbing an experience as any thriller you might find at the multiplex — are rooted in quotidian, real-life fears. You know: Contemplating marriage....
  • Dance Card: Polishing Balanchine's masterly 'Prodigal Son'

    16 Sep 2014 | 7:50 am
    "You be nasty," Edward Villella instructs April Daly. He tells her partner, Ogulcan Borova, just as pointedly: "She scares the bejesus out of you."
  • Stand-up Scene: Confessional jokes are therapy for the rest of us

    15 Sep 2014 | 3:35 pm
    Drew Michael is staring out at the crowd at Zanies and describing us as a "sea of drunk silhouettes." From from where he’s standing I imagine it to be a more or less an apt reading of the room. He is dressed in his customary T-shirt and jeans and his hair appears freshly cut. Michael is...
  • REVIEW: 'Cats' at the Paramount Theatre ★★★

    15 Sep 2014 | 12:22 pm
    When Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Cats" first opened in London in 1981, long before the kitty takeover of social media, I recall my teenage self marveling over a line in the newspaper advertisements of the time. "No admission," the ads would say, "while the auditorium is in motion."
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    Penny Plain, Twopence Coloured

  • Pollock's Toy Museum: A Magical Mystery Tour

    Trish Short Lewis
    15 Sep 2014 | 11:23 pm
    Do not be fooled, this beautiful house and its neighbour have more to pose than this dancing jester. If you approach, do so with caution. The sheer unimaginable excellence of this rare collection of exhibited, ingenious and engaging articles, lost in time, is undoubtedly a worthy and untamed match for J.K.Rowling’s ‘Diagon Alley’.Take a magical mystery tour with Eddy Fawdry, of Pollock's Toy Museum1 - a place like no other, in the world...1 - Children lured by the colourful shop window of Pollocks Toy Museum to explore inside, whether at 44 Monmouth Street, in Covent…
  • Puppet Festival (r)Evolution 2013 Trailer

    Trish Short Lewis
    13 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
    Trailer for the feature-length documentary of the Puppeteers of America 2013 National Puppetry Festival - Puppet Festival (r)Evolution in Swarthmore, PA. This documentary features puppet shows from every puppet company that performed and interviews from the artists.
  • Pollocks West End Live!

    Trish Short Lewis
    23 Jun 2014 | 10:59 pm
  • David Worobec: One-Man Show

    Trish Short Lewis
    21 May 2014 | 8:35 pm
    The hand of David Worobec enters from stage left at Tophat Toy Theater, –a DIY dinner-theater experience in a townhouse on Portland's West End– during a recent performance of "Les Miserables." Worobec - a one-man theater troupe - sang all the parts while simultaneously manipulating about 45 toy characters, running the lights and music cues, and changing sets that were designed by his mother, Polly Plimpton.David Worobec is a very talented young man. Only 25, he has created single-handedly a theater company, built the theater, created sets for several productions, designed them all, cast and…
  • Hari & Deepti: Paper Cut Lightboxes

    Trish Short Lewis
    6 May 2014 | 4:47 pm
    "The Protector", on the hunt...Paper dioramas.  Paper Cut Lightboxes.  Whatever you call them, the creations of Hari & Deepti are intricate, beautiful, and mesmerizing. They share:“Paper is brutal in its simplicity as a medium. It demands the attention of the artist while it provides the softness they need to mold it in to something beautiful. It is playful, light, colorless and colorful. It is minimal and intricate. It reflects light, creates depth and illusions in a way that it takes the artist through a journey with limitless possibilities.”"When the Dust Settles"You can…
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  • Final Show Day

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

    22 Aug 2014 | 5:07 pm
    Intimate Apparel actor Brandon Greenhouse was interviewed by Isabel Corona about his experience with the play and the rehearsal process, and here is what she found out! Acting for the better part of the last fifteen years, Brandon Greenhouse, has recently been nominated for the Ossie Davis Award (Best Featured Actor in a Play) for the Black Theater Alliance Awards for his portrayal of George Armstrong in Lynn Nottage’s Intimate Apparel. This is his Eclipse Theatre debut. Greenhouse graduated from the Santa Fe University of Art and Design with a BFA in acting and after moving to Chicago he…
  • Panama Canal Turns 100 Years Old!

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

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

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

  • Devising and Physical Theatre

    Lindsay Price
    16 Sep 2014 | 3:27 am
    Episode 110: Devising and Physical Theatre Pilar Orti talks about how you can devise (create theatre from an idea) using physical theatre. How do you find stimulus for a piece, explore that stimulus physically, and (most importantly) how to fail when you create. “If you don’t fail you don’t discover.” Show Notes @devisingTheatre #decourse DV8 Frantic Assembly: A guide to devising (excerpt) The Theatrefolk Catalogue Episode Transcript Welcome to TFP – The Theatrefolk Podcast – the place to be for Drama teachers,…
  • Drama Activity: A Picture is Worth A Thousand Words

    Lindsay Price
    15 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    You’ve heard the saying. “A Picture is worth a Thousand Words.” Here is an exercise that puts that expression into vivid detail. Click here to see an Imgur gallery. It shows eight paintings of the same man. They are self-portraits of a man suffering from Alzheimer’s disease; eight years of a man slowly disappearing until the year he forgot to send a picture. It’s a heartbreaking visualization not only of the self, but of of a disease. It’s an perfect, if terrifying, example of how a disease can be represented artistically. The pictures tell a story. There are no words and yet…
  • Location Sound Exercise

    Lindsay Price
    13 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    Sound is a powerful sense. Many objects and actions are clearly identified by the sounds they make. Sound also triggers powerful memories. When I hear a screen door slam, I am instantly brought back to my grandparents’ cottage on a chilly summer morning. The kettle that I use to make my tea each morning has a distinct sound. The beach where I live has a multitude of sounds from the waves lapping on the sand, to the seagulls, to kids squealing playfully in the sand. How do you express a location using just sound? Start the exercise with a discussion on sound. What specific sounds happen on a…
  • Dealing with Student Strife

    Lindsay Price
    9 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    Episode 109: Dealing with Student Strife The drama class is one of the only places where students truly examine themselves and their world through reflection and contemplation. Because of that, sudden emotional tides can sweep through your activities. Teacher Christian Kiley talks about the common teen issues that can expectedly and unexpectedly arrive in your classroom and how to deal with them. He also shares his latest play Inanimate whose main character deals with her own emotional issues. Show Notes Inanimate by Christian Kiley The Bright Blue Mailbox Suicide Note by Lindsay Price Split…
  • The Ultimate Audition Guide: Students

    Lindsay Price
    8 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    Last week we shared The Ultimate Audition Guide: Teachers. Now we’ve got one for students. Students go through the same set of emotions, issues and concerns when auditioning: Will I get the part? What if I don’t even get cast? What if I forget the words? How do I stop being so nervous? The Ultimate Audition Guide: Students takes you through activities and exercises you can give students to prepare them for the task of auditioning for a show, program, or class. Auditions don’t have to be nerve wracking experiences! Coach your students to prepare themselves to give their best piece ever.
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    London Theatre Blog

  • Showcasing a new British musical – Feelgood Academy

    Bona Ruocco
    15 Sep 2014 | 7:57 am
    Faye Ellen as Amanda & Lynsey Simon as Bella Derrydown-Web. On Saturday, 13 September, I went to see a showcase performance of a brand new British musical called Feelgood Academy The Musical. A showcase is primarily aimed at producers and potential backers, or anyone else that can help a new show to move forward and become a success. The general …
  • Regent’s Park – An Open Air Theatrical Gem!

    Tom Millward
    11 Sep 2014 | 4:41 am
    As this unexpectedly warm and sunny British summer (on the whole) comes to an end, so too, sadly, does the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre 2014 season. I have to say that it is one of my favourite London theatre venues and I always look forward to each season with optimistic anticipation. Obviously it is one of the most unique …
  • Samuel Beckett – Inspirational Guru?

    Alan Bird
    10 Sep 2014 | 8:19 am
    In Britain, and now across the world, it is common to see a mug, tea towel, T-shirt etc., which proudly displays the inspirational message, “Keep Calm, and carry on.” Words taken from a poster created by the British government in 1939 which was intended to raise the moral of the British public following the declaration of war. The poster was …
  • Art Isn’t Easy

    Dom O'Hanlon
    8 Sep 2014 | 5:38 am
    The London fringe has long been a hive of activity. Many of the best productions I have ever seen lay far away from the glittery lights of Shaftesbury Avenue and the West End – often in the most modest and unassuming of venues in zones of London which many rarely dare to tread. The sheer amount of Fringe theatre means …
  • The NT’s accessible Medea gives birth to a star

    Alan Bird
    2 Sep 2014 | 8:30 am
      There are many theatre goers, especially theatrical newbies, who if provided with the unavoidable choice of having a tooth extracted or watching a Greek tragedy by Euripides, would gladly choose the former. Even experienced theatre goers, for whom a night out means an evening at the theatre, may recoil at the thought of a Greek tragedy narrated by a …
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  • Greenroom is 5 today

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

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

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

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  • Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812

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

  • These Are Things You Take a Chance For

    Scott Miller
    12 Sep 2014 | 11:21 am
    I had a really cool phone conversation yesterday.Most of my theatre friends' heroes are actors. Most of mine are writers and directors. And there's nothing cooler for me than to talk with the writer(s) of a show we're working on. There are always insights and subtleties that I can get from the writers, which may not be immediately obvious to me otherwise.I've had very cool email correspondence and/or phone conversations with the writers of High Fidelity, Hands on a Hardbody, Next to Normal, Passing Strange, The Wild Party, Hair, Songs for a New World, Bat Boy, Urinetown, Floyd Collins, The…
  • I Got Some Moves That I'd Love to Show Ya

    Scott Miller
    8 Sep 2014 | 9:17 am
    We've finished blocking Bonnie & Clyde.Woo-hooooo!This was a hard show to figure out, particularly since we're going in a somewhat different direction from the original Broadway production.I've developed a really nice system for myself over the years, when it comes to blocking. I'm not someone who likes working under pressure or deadlines. I remember freshman year in college, doing an all-nighter to finish a paper the night before I came home for Christmas break. And I hated how it made me feel! I decided then and there that I would never do an all-nighter again, and in order to keep…
  • Jesse James Had Much More Fun

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

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

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

    Helen Shaw
    16 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
    The Representatives are an underground theatre sensation — This week The Representatives—the most beloved theatre troupe you may not have heard of—stages its newest show, Of Orient Are. If you’re in the mood for hyper-intimate, socially relevant comedy, leap into action; they only play through the weekend. But if you’re busy ’til Monday, don’t worry: more »
  • Once, Twice, Three Times Your Savior

    Diep Tran
    16 Sep 2014 | 7:49 am
    The actors in 3 Christs find truth in insanity — Welcome to Building Character, our ongoing look at performers and how they create their roles It’s not every day you sit down with three Jesus Christs. Wait, what’s the plural form of Jesus? Jesi? Jesuses? “Jesees!” says Donald Warfield, one of three actors playing the more »
  • This Play Seems Predictable (Until You Listen Closely)

    Mark Blankenship
    15 Sep 2014 | 7:33 am
    The Mint revives George Kelly’s sly comedy The Fatal Weakness — The Fatal Weakness sneaks up on you. Superficially, George Kelly’s 1946 play, about a woman discovering her husband’s affair, seems like a typical pre-War comedy, with well-heeled New Yorkers snooping on each other and making droll statements about the ways of love. But the more »
  • Marc Kudisch: Making Jerks Multilayered

    Brian Scott Lipton
    12 Sep 2014 | 8:15 am
    Welcome to Fanmail, our tributes to theatre artists we admire — Arrogance. Overconfidence. Ego. These may not be things one looks for in a friend or lover (though there’s no accounting for taste), but some really entertaining stage characters possess these qualities in spades. See Count Carl-Magnus Malcolm in A Little Night Music, Baron Bomburst more »
  • Where Did This Raunchy Musical Come From?

    Mark Blankenship
    11 Sep 2014 | 11:24 am
    How Joe’s Pub nurtured Bridget Everett’s new show Rock Bottom — There aren’t that many places in New York City where you can see a musical that lets you lick whipped cream off the leading lady. Or lift her up on your feet so she can “play airplane.” Or hand her your glass of chardonnay more »
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    Encore Atlanta

  • Passion, power collide in steamy ‘Liaisons’ at Actor’s Express

    Kathy Janich
    12 Sep 2014 | 7:59 am
      Two rivals and ex-lovers play a dangerous game of sexual conquest in pre-revolutionary France in Les Liaisons Dangereuses, based on a scandalous 1782 novel and later adapted for Broadway and as an Oscar-winning movie. This slow burn of carnal scheming leaves damaged, innocent hearts in its wake. The high drama opens the season at Actor’s Express, which had, [...]
  • Weekend’s best bets: Sept. 11

    Kathy Janich
    10 Sep 2014 | 2:30 pm
    So much to choose from! Among our recommendations: "Les Liaisons Dangereuses" at Actor's Express and several one-of-a-kind experiences, including "Cloth" with gloATL and Robert Spano; and Out of Hand's "White Rabbit Red Rabbit," described thusly — no rehearsals, no director, no set, with a new actor performing the solo show each night.
  • Actor’s Express, Alliance lead 2014 Suzi nominations

    Kathy Janich
    10 Sep 2014 | 10:13 am
    A total of 17 metro companies are nominated for at least one of Atlanta theater's top awards. Winners will be announced Nov. 3 at a ceremony/party. Congratulations to all the nominees!
  • Slip inside Synchronicity’s new season, space with us (video)

    Kathy Janich
    9 Sep 2014 | 2:28 pm
    It took 17 seasons, but Atlanta's smart, gutsy, bold Synchronicity Theatre finally has a permanent home. The Peachtree Street space opens Sept. 26 with "Lasso of Truth," the sassy, sexy Wonder Woman origin story. Join us online at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday (Sept. 10) for a chat with Rachel May, Synchronicity's co-founder and producing artistic director.
  • Ready! Set! Eat! Taste of Atlanta returns to feed the souls of foodies

    Kathy Janich
    5 Sep 2014 | 11:23 am
      Sample the good life at Taste of Atlanta, the metro area’s premier food, wine, beer and cocktail festival happening Oct. 24-26 at Tech Square in Midtown. The 13th edition of Taste features good eats from more than 90 restaurants and a culinary adventure that will “tour” the city’s diverse neighborhoods by featuring the chefs and [...]
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    Lois Backstage

  • Five Shows to See in the Final Fringe Weekend

    12 Sep 2014 | 1:49 pm
    The final weekend of the Vancouver Fringe Festival is very nearly upon us! With 91 shows in the festival this year, I know it can be overwhelming to try to decide what to pick – especially in the final weekend when sellouts abound. Here are five shows I recommend snapping up advance tickets to before you head down to Granville Island for the weekend. In no particular order: Nancy Kenny in Roller Derby Saved my Soul 1. Roller Derby Saved My Soul – A coming-of-age story, but not in the high school sense. As Amy enters her 30’s she discovers what it means to be her own woman…
  • The Chariot Cities at the Vancouver Fringe

    8 Sep 2014 | 9:48 am
    It’s one of my favourite times of the year – Vancouver Fringe Festival season! I love seeing shows at the Fringe – one year I think I saw 45 or 50 of them – it’s crazy! Tonight I’m doing a five show night. ON A MONDAY. This is the amazing thing about Fringe season. I’ve worked for the festival on and off for the past four years – most recently as the off-season marketing assistant this winter/spring – but this year I’m the most actively involved as an artist that I’ve ever been. Yes, I’ve had shows in the festival before,…
  • Bright Spots: PTC’s Test Kitchen

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

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

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

  • I Do, I Do, I Do Opens Friday at Stage Door Players

    15 Sep 2014 | 7:43 pm
    STAGE DOOR PLAYERS opens Season 41 with I Do, I Do, I Do, by Robin Hawdon, directed by Artistic Director Robert Egizio. The show opens on Friday, September 19, 8pm curtain, and runs until October 12. Performances are Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings at 8pm, and Sundays at 2:30pm. Season Subscriptions are still available, and ...
  • ART Station’s A Tour of Southern Ghosts

    15 Sep 2014 | 7:37 pm
    For the 29th consecutive year, ART Station will produce A Tour of Southern Ghosts, the “spooktacular” story-telling festival hosted by Stone Mountain Park. Every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday evening between October 10-26, Stone Mountain Park’s Antebellum Plantation is the setting for this unique event that celebrates the delightful Southern tradition of telling incredible stories ...
  • Original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Free Pizza at Center for Puppetry Arts

    11 Sep 2014 | 6:29 pm
    Center for Puppetry Arts celebrates 36th Anniversary with Film Screening and Pizza Party WHAT:           Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, (1990 film directed by Steve Barron, rated PG) Four turtles are exposed to toxic ooze and mutate into pizza-eating, pop culture-loving ninjas. Under the guidance of their mentor Splinter, the dudes use their newfound Turtle Power ...
  • Shakespeare Tavern Presents Pericles: Prince of Tyre

    10 Sep 2014 | 8:11 pm
    The Atlanta Shakespeare Company at The New American Shakespeare Tavern presents Pericles: Prince of Tyre. Pericles, Prince of Tyre $15 General Admission Preview September 11 $20 General Admission Preview September 12 Performances September 13-October 5, 2014 Directed by Jeff Watkins Featuring Award-winning American Storyteller Andy Offutt Irwin as Gower (Chorus) A dark and troubling riddle ...
  • Les Liaisons Dangereuses – An Atlanta Theater Fans Review

    9 Sep 2014 | 9:45 pm
    Power corrupts. It may be a trite phrase but the truth of the matter is that human nature can sink to all levels of depravity given the means and opportunity. Pierre Choderlos de Laclos explores this idea in the scandalous novel Les Liaisons Dangereuses, which paints perverse picture of the aristocracy in pre-revolutionary France. Based ...
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    Theatre Geeks

  • 136 Kids in Hollywood: getting an agent and more (Dave Dufour, John Shoup, Marcia Fulmer)
    14 Sep 2014 | 8:05 am
    Susan Whitby joins us again to talk more about her adventure helping daughters Maddie and Audrey launch their careers on TV and radio in Hollywood. Music provided by Music Alley Theatre Geeks -... More info at
  • 135 When your kids want to become professional actors (Dave Dufour, John Shoup, Marcia Fulmer)
    23 Aug 2014 | 9:36 am
    Midwest mom Susan Whitby tells you what to expect when your children want to take the show business plunge Susan Whitby joined us for the first of two episodes to talk about her daughters, Audrey and... More info at
  • 134 Getting your show shut down — how to avoid it (Dave Dufour, John Shoup, Marcia Fulmer)
    10 Aug 2014 | 5:59 pm
    There are some rules about play production — breaking them can result in getting your show shut down. Our friend and entertainment lawyer Gordon Firemark recently published this blog post on... More info at
  • To your health: staying well on stage (Dave Dufour, John Shoup, Marcia Fulmer)
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:55 pm
    The Geeks share a few tips and tricks for fighting colds and other ailments that can play havoc with  your performance. Music provided on this Bastille Day (as we’re recording this) by Music... More info at
  • 132 Up in Smoke: Smoking onstage in a non-smoking world (Dave Dufour, John Shoup, Marcia Fulmer)
    20 Jul 2014 | 6:21 pm
    Smoking onstage and its alternatives Depending on your venue, audience and local laws, producing a script that requires that characters smoke can be problematic. Where smoking is prohibited in public... More info at
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    Shakespeare Geek

  • As You Like It, by Rebel Shakespeare

    15 Sep 2014 | 12:49 pm
    I love it when I get to talk about Rebel Shakespeare. For almost 25 years Keri Ellis Cahill has been teaching generations of children of all ages how to understand, love and appreciate Shakespeare. The first time I wandered out to their home on Winter Island (Salem, Massachusetts) and heard kids shouting "Thank you, Shakespeare!" into the universe, so loud it echoed back at them, I was hooked.Unfortunately the Rebels are over an hour away from me, which makes it difficult to see their shows. That is, until I made arrangements with my local library to bring the Rebels to us!  Ever since,…
  • And The Most Influential Book For The Facebook Generation Is....

    10 Sep 2014 | 8:04 am
    Harry Potter.So says this Facebook research project that asked users to list, in their Facebook status, "10 books that have stayed with you in some way."First of all I think we need to get our terms straight. The Mashable article I'm linking to says "influential" books.  The request was "books that have stayed with you." That's not even remotely the same thing. I can sing you the rubber ducky song from Sesame Street but I'm not sure how much you could say it influenced my life. Likewise you are influenced by many different events in your life, without being able to recall them…
  • So Lady Macbeth was Pontius Pilate?

    10 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Spotted this article on 5 Cliches That Mean More Than You Think and figured maybe there'd be some Shakespeare in it.  I was right, but not in the way I thought!Cliche #2 is "I wash my hands of it," something that, the notes tell me, is known as the 'Macbeth Effect'. Really? Shakespeare gets to call dibs on ritually cleansing yourself morally as well as physically? Because I'm pretty sure that Lady M was beaten to the kitchen sink by Pontius Pilate when he sent Jesus to his fate.I get that there's a difference in the guilt thing. Pilate washed his hands of it and that was that,…
  • Review : "Teaching Will" by Mel Ryane

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

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

  • Spoke the Hub’s Director’s Choice Showcase

    4 Sep 2014 | 9:14 pm
    September 5 and 6, 7:30 pm, at the Gowanus Arts Building Blowout Theatre was invited to participate in Spoke the Hub’s Director’s Choice Showcase! Blowout created two original works by two of New York City’s best emerging playwrights. Peter Andre‘s new short, Some People Never Change, will be directed by returning Blowout company member Eli Thacker Taylor. Joining BTC for the first time was NYC director/producer Blayze Teicher, directing a new piece by David Henry Haan, Invasive Species. Some People Never Change Invasive Species Some People Never Change Peter Andre,…
  • Spoke the Hub’s Director’s Choice Showcase

    3 Sep 2014 | 7:01 pm
    September 5 and 6, 7:30 pm, at the Gowanus Arts Building Blowout Theatre was invited to participate in Spoke the Hub’s Director’s Choice Showcase! Blowout created two original works by two of New York City’s best emerging playwrights. Peter Andre‘s new short, Some People Never Change, will be directed by returning Blowout company member Eli Thacker Taylor. Joining BTC for the first time was NYC director/producer Blayze Teicher, directing a new piece by David Henry Haan, Invasive Species. Some People Never Change Invasive Species Some People Never Change Peter Andre,…
  • Call for Talent

    14 Aug 2014 | 9:06 pm
    Technical Director Needed! World Premiere of In Antarctica, Where it is Very Warm seeks TD/Master Carp ASAP. Production will take place at IRT: load in/build on Tuesday, Sept 16th, preview Friday, Sept 19, open Saturday, Sept 20, and close on Saturday, October 11th. TD is responsible for running the build and handling tech notes. Stipend: $100 Please contact: Kerry Kastin 703-967-0832   At this time, Blowout Theatre has no scheduled auditions.
  • Call for Stage Manager! (8/5/14-10/13/14)

    31 Jul 2014 | 7:07 pm
    Stage Manager needed for the world premiere of a new play by Jona Tarlin. Great opportunity to work with strong, emerging leaders in the NYC indie theatre community. Rehearsals for In Antarctica, Where It Is Very Warm will be five days a week and the production will be submitted as an AEA Showcase. The stage manager can be union or non union. Please submit resumes and at least two references to Kerry Kastin, Artistic Director, by Sunday August 3rd. Job Dates: 08/05/2014 – 10/13/2014 Stipend: $250 flat rate
  • In Antarctica, Where It Is Very Warm

    31 Jul 2014 | 12:17 pm
    September 19-October 11,2014 At IRT Theater, 154 Christopher St Neil’s a plumber, but he’s never been a plumber in Antarctica before. As Winter arrives and total darkness sets in he starts to learn how lonely it can be on a base with fourteen other people at the bottom of the world. A play about beer, mistakes, and trying to be something other than yourself. This fully staged production is years in the making. Blowout first workshopped this piece by Jona Tarlin in May of 2013 and since then, together, we’ve been developing the piece for IRT this fall. With all the inherent and unique…
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    Acting in London

  • 43 Actors That Became Famous Later in Their Lives

    Tom London
    15 Sep 2014 | 12:02 am
    Wondering if you’re too old to become an actor? If it’s too late to achieve the level of success current A-listers have? Or possibly you’ve been acting long enough already and it troubles you that your career is still not where it should be? This will calm you down (a little). The old and tired saying still applies: acting is not a sprint, it’s a marathon, and the below list proves this cliche. These currently famous actors received the recognition they deserve a lot later in their lives, and most of them will tell you that there are no regrets. The point to take…
  • Acting in London vs Los Angeles

    8 Sep 2014 | 12:03 am
    My acting journey began in the UK, and then I started moving around a little. As I’m writing this, warm California’s sun is making my laptop screen pretty unreadable. I might be moving back to London soon. There are pros and cons to working in either London or Los Angeles, but it all depends on your goals and preferences. Sometimes, we have to follow a path that doesn’t necessarily reflect our desires but reinforces our career progress. I’m not going to make it a list of “which one’s better,” since both cities are amazing, very different and I…
  • Understanding Acting Auditions

    1 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    Photo by William Ward Acting is very different from 99% of jobs out there. Understanding acting auditions and mastering the process is an art form in itself. As aspiring performers, we spend most of our days hitting the pavement on the way from one audition to another (if we’re lucky), and doing very little actual work (if we’re even luckier to get it). Auditions become our job. And with auditions being such an imperative part of an actor’s career, it’s vital to approach it in a right frame of mind. Many creative thespians often lose themselves in the vast…
  • 10 Cover Letter Dos and Don’ts

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

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

    Your Performance Partners
    16 Sep 2014 | 6:42 am
    Roland J. Kushner Interview with Roland J. Kushner, Ph.D., Economist, Arts Researcher and Musician YPP: Why was the Local Arts Index developed? Kushner: Americans for the Arts had vast experience with overall measurements in creating our National Arts Index: we’ve tracked more than 80 national-level indicators going back to 1998. The Local Index maps data onto specific communities as much as possible, down to the county level. Americans for the Arts Vice President Randy Cohen and I developed this along with Martin Cohen from the Cultural Planning Group. YPP: Where does local data come from?
  • Audience Etiquette: Leavers & Latecomers

    Your Performance Partners
    9 Sep 2014 | 8:59 am
    Controversial aspects of audience behavior – expressing dissatisfaction by walking out early and disrupting performances by arriving late – were recently highlighted in two lengthy articles in The New York Times. Voting with Feet. “Walk-outs” vote with their feet and skip the rest of the movie, concert, ballet, etc., for a variety of reasons. A question about their motivation posted on the paper’s Facebook page received nearly 500 responses, evoking common themes. For movies, excessive violence was a frequent complaint. For live performances, the quality of the presentation factored…
  • Pay Comparisons: Music Careers & Pro Athletes

    Your Performance Partners
    2 Sep 2014 | 7:40 am
    The topic of “pay transparency” is making business headlines recently, with more companies deciding to openly share what each employee is paid rather than banning such discussions. Our bare-and-share-it-all social media culture is credited with encouraging openness, facilitated by wage-comparison websites like and The income of star athletes is already publicized and ranked, along with their performance statistics compiled for fantasy leagues. But what about careers in the performing arts? This Labor Day week we’ll riff on salary comparisons between a variety…
  • Rigging Problems, Part II: How to tell there’s a problem

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

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

    Dave Dufour
    14 Sep 2014 | 8:05 am
    Susan Whitby joins us again to talk more about her adventure helping daughters Maddie and Audrey launch their careers on TV and radio in Hollywood. Music provided by Music Alley Theatre Geeks - community theatre and the performing arts
  • 135 When your kids want to become professional actors

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

    Dave Dufour
    10 Aug 2014 | 5:59 pm
    There are some rules about play production — breaking them can result in getting your show shut down. Our friend and entertainment lawyer Gordon Firemark recently published this blog post on how producers can make sure they don’t get their show shut down.  Gordon’s insights sparked a conversation between the Geeks.  Authors and play publishers… Theatre Geeks - community theatre and the performing arts
  • To your health: staying well on stage

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

    Dave Dufour
    20 Jul 2014 | 6:21 pm
    Smoking onstage and its alternatives Depending on your venue, audience and local laws, producing a script that requires that characters smoke can be problematic. Where smoking is prohibited in public places it is sometimes allowed in stage performances, but audiences may still not accept it or approve. Some audience members may be sensitive to smoke,… Theatre Geeks - community theatre and the performing arts
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    Life in the Theatre


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

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

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

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

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