Category Consider This
It’s been a long time since I was this bothered by a review. I long ago came to many conclusions about critics and reviews and their place in the arts ecosystem. I’ve been reviewed many times. I’ve written many reviews. I believe that without arts writers and reviewers arts communities tend to struggle. I don’t […]
This edition of From the Archives is SOOOO 2007, talking about the “experience economy” and touching on “immersive theater” experiences. But while those phrases may be rather passe these days, there are still a few takeaways in here for consideration. It is still odd for me to think about how much I’ve evolved in the […]
Rant about actors being asked to flatten their voice inflections in first read-through. Why would you do that?
Today I was having an online discussion about typical practices of a first rehearsal read-through, and this question came my way: re: off-book — a commentator on my blog told me that actors are typically asked to memorize their lines [for first read-through] without inflection of any kind so they are more directable in rehearsal […]
In 2007, I was working on my first Rogue Festival show – an original play written in iambic pentameter called “All’s Red that’s Riding Hood” written by Terrance Mc Arthur. It was the winner of an original playwrighting competition at Woodward Shakespeare Festival. I had a very game and supportive cast and a very philosophical turn of mind at that time.
I still hold that all three of these are true for me, although I’d qualify: They are lessons I learn over and over again
There comes a time in all of our artistic work when people who have always said, “Awesome!” instead say “Awful!” – or even worse: “Meh”.
Anne Bogart says that the “constant state of any company of actors is one of continual crisis”. Just the act of performing an objective upon another being is an act of crisis. A third party “judging” the action, is a crisis. On a first run though we have two choices: 1) To ignore any sense […]
Updated: At the bottom, there are links to updated stories including OSF’s statement on the project. Overall, it sounds like they are doing this carefully and with stringent standards. “The Oregon Shakespeare Festival will announce next week that it has commissioned translations of all 39 of the Bard’s plays into modern English, with the idea […]
Grant Evan Knutson – Fresno may not have AS MUCH as SOME cities, but what Fresno does, it usually does very, very well.
In the past few months, I’ve experienced several incidents of the “Fresno Apology Moment.” It’s that moment when you’re out of town, you mention you’re from Fresno, and people give you their sympathy. Nothing pisses off an Angeleno more than when you refuse to accept their sympathy, believe me! As often as not, though, the anti-Fresno vibe […]
A Rant About Cell Phones in the Theater – but also about performing and connecting and personal weakness. . . Yeah. It’s one of those.
My friend Charles (and now my friend Jen) shared this post on my Facebook about Patti LuPone confiscating an obsessive texter’s cell phone during a show. I was reading another ditty yesterday about how actors are getting angrier at their audiences. The cell phones, texting, talking, noisy eating, and lack of respect for space has become […]