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”.

I can unequivocally recommend Good Company Players’ “The Glass Menagerie” for a lot of great reasons, but the one that stays with me is Alyssa Gaynor and all of her moments. You see, Laura Wingfield is a character that doesn’t say much, which makes the playing of her incredibly heavy lifting. This play is full […]

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 […]

Hey, folks! I thinned out the script shelves this week and I have a stack I’m willing to give away to anyone who is interested.

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 […]

Claudius is one of those extremely efficient characters in Shakespeare’s canon. He drives from moment to moment, action to action with a clear direction and overarching purpose: to solidify his power and maintain a stable realm. If only it weren’t for that pesky step-son mucking things up. Which is why his soliloquy in Act 3 […]

I tend to be attracted to strong performances by female actors. Even more so when they are working in ensemble and not expecting the glare of the spotlight. In StageWorks Fresno’s Dogfight, Kelsey Deroian has a moment as Mama, Rose’s mother, where she communicates so much with a well-executed look away from her daughter that the […]

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 […]

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 […]