Performance

This “Carmen” is smoking: Central City Opera breathes fire into an audience favorite

Central City Opera’s “Carmen” is everything you want it to be, and then some — sexy, sultry and just a little sleazy. Its famous heroine uses and abuses just as she is known to do, teasing men and tempting fate until it all catches up to her in one violent moment. As a production, it is pleasing and terrifically tight and ultra-traditional, just as its creators imagined it in 1875. Director Jose Maria Condemi has, for the most part, resisted messing with the formula as some like to do to keep familiar titles fresh for audiences who have seen them a dozen times or more. Instead, he has gone the opposite way, pushing his characters to feel and indulge in the nuances of composer Georges Bizet’s emphatic music. Everything, from the costumes to the sets to the singing, honors the opera’s lusty,...

Movement for Actors Nicole Potter, Barbara Adrian, Mary Fleischer

  In this updated rich resource for actors, renowned movement teachers and directors reveal the physical skills needed for the stage and the screen. Readers will gain remarkable insights into the physical skills and techniques used in a wide variety of performance styles through ready-to-use exercises and approaches. Included in this new edition are chapters covering:

An Interview with JK Simmons by Dwayne Ague

    When working in New York is there a specific direction one should take to find work? I honestly have no idea how to pursue theatre work in NY in 2016.  When I hit town in 1983, I just went to every open call I could (I had already gotten my Equity card at Seattle Rep) and stood in the snow with everybody else.  I did enough auditions that I finally learned I should stop trying so hard to be what I thought they were looking for and I started being myself and then showing them that I could sing a couple of different styles, or that I could do drama and comedy (if given the chance). Do you think anything in your education, training or experience helped you stick out from the rest? I think everything helps.  Certainly I learned a lot in college and at The Bigfork Summer Playhouse, but...

2 Ring Circus Has Gotten Its Act Together and Taken It on the Road

The members of 2 Ring Circus have gone a few threats beyond triple: They sing, act, dance, and play instruments, all while performing circus acts. And they’re lending their many talents to theatrical productions far afield from their home base in New York City. They’re currently in Arkansas working on a circus version of Godspell which runs June 2-25 at Arkansas Rep. The company’s artistic director, Joshua Dean, first fell in love with circus work by accident. Cast in a show in Chicago that required him to learn some tricks, he loved the training. Back in New York City, Dean focused on musical theatre, but his circus side kept nagging at him. “Eventually I kind of stopped doing musical theatre and went full-fledged into circus,” he recalls, coaxing his partner, Ben Franklin, to do the same...

Cooling Down: How Actors Unwind After Taxing Performances

Most actors methodically warm up for emotionally draining performances. But what do they do to recoup reality? BY JONATHAN MANDELL Every night I had to kill myself,” declares actor Daniel N. Durant with an exasperated shrug. Durant made his Broadway debut in the recent revival of Spring Awakening as Moritz, a young man who commits suicide in a climactic moment. It wasn’t easy. “Most of my day was spent getting into character, and then I had to go through those emotions every night,” Durant recounts. After the performance, most of his night was spent trying to reverse the process: “I played video games to get out of it. My favorite was Call of Duty, a high-energy game that I confess I’m addicted to.” Austin P. McKenzie, Durant’s castmate in the musical, portrayed Moritz’s close friend, Melc...

What Does ‘Foxes’ Say?

  Cynthia Nixon and Laura Linney Find Out Laura Linney and Cynthia Nixon have been doing this a while, but they still get excited about rehearsing. For one thing, it reminds them why they keep coming back to the theatre from their regular sojourns in other media. “It’s so much fun being in that rehearsal room with Dan,” Linney says of director Daniel Sullivan, who’s helming them in Manhattan Theatre Club’s (MTC) new Broadway revival of Lillian Hellman’s The Little Foxes. Nixon has another word for it: “It’s juicy,” she adds. .

‘Stout’ Attitude Leads to Success

“Creativity is just connecting things.”-­‐Steve Jobs If that is true, then Becky Elizabeth Stout is a good example of what Mr. Jobs was talking about. Ms. Stout represents a new type of young performer; one possessing a wide range of expertise, education, personal experience and optimistic attitude. She connects all of her winning traits together into a fine-­‐tuned 21st century artist, anchoring it with her dancing skills, but threading it with extra attention to singing and acting. “If I take one dance class, I will take two acting or singing classes,” says Stout, who possesses 20+years of dance training and works hard to compliment her dancing with training in singing and acting. In a world of information and accessibility, where young talent can be consumed by what they think the profe...