Give Shakespeare a chance the next time you’re looking for a wild tale to keep you engaged or a romance to charm you. Insert yourself into the story and take something away from it. Shakespeare’s work is still so applauded because it’s still so relevant, you just have to dig for the treasure.
What I enjoyed about “The Play That Goes Wrong” by Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer, and Henry Shields of Mischief Theatre Company is that it’s a play within a play. We are sitting in the audience watching “The Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society" perform their newest murder mystery “The Murder at Haversham Manor.”
Go see this novel interpretation of this classic tale about a man’s struggle to replace vanity, pride, and ignorance with grace, humility and intelligence. It is an ironic anecdote of missed opportunities, it reminds us that, after all, beauty is only skin deep.
As we left the auditorium, I heard some audience members behind me say this production was quite a historical lesson. A young girl and her father sat next to me. She turned to him at the end and said, “I understood a bit of what was going on”. I turned to both and thanked them appreciatively for their support of live theatre and for learning a bit of history.
You should come to Stratford and learn a bit about the history of the Tudors too.
For actors, directors, and writers alike, the process of creating and pursuing a creative career can often feel like a daunting and isolating way of life. Then, if you are fortunate, you find a group that envelops you in support, acceptance, and understanding. It is the most sought after commodity; it is your tribe.
With the recognition of giving more roles to different types of people, a light shines on fatphobia. In the past couple of years, there has been talk about sizeism amongst theatre communities everywhere. Sizeism is a tricky topic, because it goes back to “knowing your type”.
Nobody really knows where or when theater started. Some posit that it was initially a way to help understand what was going on in the world, “why has it rained so much?” “why isn’t it raining enough?” Maybe they thought that portraying an event for all to see would appease some all-knowing and all-seeing deity.
We all know that this week will be long and stressful, but keeping in mind, these tips can make it a little easier. Everyone wants a finished product they can be happy with, but no one wants to be miserable to get there.
Perhaps our understudies are underappreciated, and it's time we shouted from the rooftops about the amazing amount of time and effort they put in to these roles without the payoff of audience feedback.
It happens with every new school year. So much so, you could bet your life savings on it. Somewhere in America, school administrators and parents will try to censor or shut down a high school theatre production.
As a female carpenter in a predominately male environment, I have witnessed my fair share of misogyny. From comments on my strength, technique, all the way down to my physical characteristics, I have been a target for male co-workers to criticize.
Tech week is a hectic, exhausting time for technicians, creatives and actors alike. The long hours and constant work create a ridiculously stressful environment. So this begs the question: Why can’t tech week be two weeks long?
“Tim the Toolman Taylor”, MacGyver, Mina Starsiak, and Karen E. Laine, what do they all have in common? They build or repair things. What does this have to do with theater? He or she is somebody every theater group and in particular, a stage or tech crew needs.
I've had the privilege of teaching a wide range of age groups. I had two classes as my time as a teaching assistant beforehand, 4-6 year olds and 7-12 year olds, and I loved them all so much, they were such a lively bunch and always made my week so entertaining. It was usually my job to warm up my lil' tinkers, and depending on who was in my class, and how old they were, decided what game we'd play that day. Here is the mental list I had made in my time as a TA about all the warm-up games I'd played throughout the years.
It’s the summer before you’re freshman year. High school is behind you and you’re ready to go headfirst in your first year as a BFA/BA Major. How can you know you’ll be prepared? Are you going to be ready for the things being a Musical Theatre Major will throw your way? I can’t claim to have all the answers, but here’s a few ways to prepare that I wish someone had told me before I started college.
Overlooking the occasional misstep, Spider-Man: Far From Home is a fun continuation of the story of this iteration of Spider-Man. Tom Holland has pretty much cemented his place as the best Spider-Man we’ve had.