I saw the last two Broadway revivals, I own the movie, and I played Nick back when I was young and cute. I know this play very well. It is perfect (and Letts’ George was indeed definitive), and should not be messed with.
It’s like Hamlet - you don’t need some out of the box “concept” to make it work. It’s already great. Just say the words, “play the action of the line,” etc. With a play like WAOVW, it is the job of the actors and the director to simply
That is interesting. I know that when he was alive, he allowed one or two African American actresses to play Martha in professional productions, but was otherwise very strict about it.
We talked about this in another thread several months ago, but the play is so very much about "white people problems" that doing it with POC seems silly. Having George wear a dress onstage though...this whole Eddie Izzard thing has really got me thinking...I'm going to
The "queerness" of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf, as far as I know, has always just been the wishful thinking of others, and Albee himself (if I remember correctly) refuted any ideas that George and Martha are stand-ins for a gay male couple. It was a tad unusual to have queer actors cast as both George and Nick, but both are (were) good fits for the parts and I imagine it was mostly a coincidence. I will say from experience though that many gay male directors do seem to prefer
I've enjoyed the clips I've seen of this thing, and I know it is a critic's darling, but it really belongs Off-Broadway. At barely 80 minutes and a cast of well, six, I hope they are charging "straight play Broadway prices" and not asking for $140+ for orchestra seats.
Anyway, if the producers are trying to get rich off of this little show, with such a short run time they might as well use the "alternates" (why not just call them understudies?) for
I'm always baffled by these things. George in Virginia Woolf is one of the greatest stage roles ever written for a male actor. What TV gig could possibly make him back out of playing it on Broadway? I mean, I know...MONEY...but seriously...
It's a vicious circle - people with depression and anxiety (as in, actual mood disorders, not just a temporary state) tend to gravitate towards the arts, and yet...the arts - at least in the professional sense - tend to make those disorders worse with the kind of lifestyle it involves, not to mention the whole baring your soul and then being rejected over and over again thing.
As I approach middle age as an actor - and as someone with the triple crown of neurosis (depress
I have been a member of this site pretty much as long as it has existed. The board has changed a lot. Part of this is that there are simply waaaaaaaay more people on it. It doesn't feel like a "community" anymore. This has, I believe, been one of the changes that has led to an increase in mean-spirited posts. Gossiping has always been a major aspect of the board - frankly, one of the main reasons I still come here, to hear the tea - but I don't remember entire threads b
n2nbaby said: "I’m sure you’ll be in great hands. It would be more upsetting if Amber or Patrick or Andre we’re out."
Has Patrick been out yet? Hades is mostly spoke-sung, but having just a regular baritone (as opposed to a true bass) do it as the understudy must be a very different experience.
Falsettos in London premiere controversy Aug 25
2019, 03:44:34 AM
I agree with most of the sentiments expressed by previous posters on this thread. However, it is important to emphasize that being Jewish is indeed more than just religious beliefs. It is a culture, and cultural appropriation - even when well intended - can be problematic.
It’s a fine line. I think that there should ideally be at least SOME people who are members of the culture being portrayed in the cast, and if not the director, then some sort of associate. It depends on the show, but
James A Pierce III Anastasia situation Aug 22
2019, 11:27:29 PM
Dude, are you sure you want to bring this up again? You were the one who started it to begin with with all of your tweets. The show has closed. Move on and be the bigger person.
FosseTharp said: "I’ve always wondered why Equity didn’t have an associate member option, like SDC does. I’m an associate member of SDC so I can take non union work, but only sign SDC contracts when working with Equity Actors and Stage Managers. I know there is the EMC program— but that’s simply to earn points to join the union as an option outside of needing a contract to do so.
I have plenty of friends who’ve had consistent work
MY FAIR LADY film :lucky Julie Aug 20
2019, 12:58:18 AM
My Fair Lady is offensive only to people looking to be offended. Henry Higgins is clearly meant to be a raging a**hole, and the musical in no way condones his behavior. When done right, he’s funny in the same way Larry David is on Curb Your Enthusiasm.
MFL does not need to be “fixed” or rethought. Also, Eliza is a strong female character and a great role. The show is a true classic, as is the movie.
Charlie going Non-Union Aug 19
2019, 03:27:42 PM
There will always be non-union kids fresh out of college willing to work for cheap, and there will always be producers who are happy to save a boatload of money by hiring them.
If it’s supposed to be a very young cast - Hair, Rent, Spring Awakening, etc, I don’t really have a problem with it. Equity actors tend to be a bit older by nature, and if you need to cast people who are supposed to appear to be teenagers or very young adults onstage, you don’t really need seasoned showbiz vetera