March 19, 2012
Front Rows + Short Skirts = Forgotten Lines
October 17, 2010
Best show I saw last week is kind of surprising. Considering it’s a small cast, tiny theatre, and over 2 hours. But it is also extremely well acted by Zadran Wali, Olga Konstantulakis and John Cirigliano.I wasn’t familiar with this play or the playwright Richard Kalinoski, so had no idea what to expect as the play unfolded. At times in the first act I was reminded of Maria Irene Fornes “Conduct of Life” and hoped the show wouldn’t be reminiscent of that particular play or genre. There were several moments when I was reminded of “I Love Lucy” and the adjusting to marriage comic presence I was also not in the mood for. Ultimately, it is much more satisfying than either.The excellent direction from Paul Lampert highlights the relationship in a precise way, allowing for sustained interest throughout. The performance by Olga Konstantulakis is one of my favorite from recent shows.The set design (Adam Flemming) and light design (Tom Ontiveros) was also terrific. Great theatre.
June 29, 2010
Teaching at Acting Abroad in France is one of the great pleasures I have. Two years in a row in August I’ve been invited to teach teenagers in contemporary theatre. I haven’t spent much time with teenagers lately, unless you count the ones walking through my neighborhood after school at Hollywood High. The youngsters I’ve met at Acting Abroad have all been driven, compassionate and talented people who love theatre and the arts in general.They come from many places in the U.S. and elsewhere; Austria, Scotland, Finland, Britain and this year a couple from Paris. There are many different levels of experience represented as well. Some are beginners, some have spent several years in theatre training.
June 21, 2010
TE in SD and I’ve been really busy opening SE in LA and bang! The show has started and I’m on stage. The house is full, the lights are bright. I didn’t remember before the show that I needed to remember the show. I had done my pre-show routine: props, guitar, etc. But I hadn’t mentally gone through the show. So I’m like, “that’s cool, I know what to do here. listen and react, don’t think ahead, stay in the moment.” So that’s going fine and I’m enjoying myself and the audience is good. Then I felt it: I was playing comedy. Don’t do that. Play tragedy!Once I remembered to heighten the stakes and feel the drama deeply and personally, the laughs escalated.It’s only funny because you fail so miserably. It’s funny because you need it so badly. The stakes are that high. Life and death high. The audience sees themselves in your foibles.Now, get out there and fail.