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BAD SHOW! – How to survive a disastrous performance

It is inevitable, even with a well-oiled show, that we will have one VERY BAD performance. Everything will go wrong: lights will blow out, set pieces will break, offstage microphones will be switched off, a zipper will get stuck. And, to make matters worse the audience will be in a collectively judge-y state of mind […]

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Alan Rickman: An irresistible force

Over the years, the British actor has built an impressive gallery of rogues and romantics. To him, it’s just storytelling — and a love of language. By Patrick Pacheco, Special to the Los Angeles TimesNovember 20, 2011 Reporting from New York —— Alan Rickman is aroused from a heavy-lidded languor recognizable from so many of his […]

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Sinking her teeth: Olivia Colman on Drama and Comedy

The Daily speaks to Olivia Colman about her meaty ‘Tyrannosaur’ role BY RICH JUZWIAK SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 2011 Like Christmas, Oscar buzz comes earlier every year. One actress who already has tongues wagging is Olivia Colman for her role as Hannah, a battered woman who befriends the arbitrarily rage-filled Joseph (Peter Mullan) in actor Paddy Considine’s […]

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Are you a “real” actor or “just a comedian”?

*NB: the following blog contains edited expletives. I tried to write it without any.. but I couldn’t. What’s all this bullsh*t I keep hearing about “real” actors versus comedians/improvisers? I am continually shocked by this odd separation within our community over who is really an actor and who is “just a comedian.” What’s really disconcerting […]

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