Monday, September 16, 2019

CONSTANT STANISLAVSKI (26) by Robert Shuman

It is not enough to be simply talented and to have natural gifts; one needs ability, technique, and art. (MLIA)

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WHEN MILTON MET SHAKESPEARE: POET’S NOTES ON BARD APPEAR TO HAVE BEEN FOUND by Robert Shuman

(Alison Flood’s article appeared in the Guardian, 9/16.) Hailed as one of the most significant archival discoveries of modern times, text seems to show the Paradise Lost poet making carefu…

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Sunday, September 15, 2019

LET’S GO: ‘EN EL OJO DE LA AGUJA (IN THE EYE OF THE NEEDLE)’–ONLY THROUGH 9/22 by Robert Shuman

  TABULA RASA NYC THEATER AND PERFORMANCE LAB Proudly Presents the World Premiere of the Spanish Language Version of “Powerful production by Ramiro Antonio Sandoval.” – Carlos Navedo,…

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CONSTANT STANISLAVSKI (25) by Robert Shuman

Palpable objects seen by us on the stage are much more necessary and important for us actors than colorful canvases that we do not see.  Sculptural things live with us and we with them, whi…

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Saturday, September 14, 2019

SONTAG IN SARAJEVO by Robert Shuman

(Benjamin Moser’s article appeared in the New York Review of Books, 9/9.) David Rieff went to Bosnia in September 1992, at the end of the first summer of siege. Like so many of the journal…

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Friday, September 13, 2019

CONSTANT STANISLAVSKI (24) by Robert Shuman

It is much easier to destroy the old than to create the new. (MLIA)  

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FIONA SHAW AND KIRSTEN SHEPHERD-BARR ON ELEONORA DUSE (BBC RADIO 4) by Robert Shuman

Listen  Fiona Shaw, BAFTA award-winning star of Killing Eve, joins Matthew Parris to explore the life of one of history’s most remarkable actresses whose name has slipped from public memo…

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Thursday, September 12, 2019

CONSTANT STANISLAVSKI (23) by Robert Shuman

If one is forced to give talentless actors big parts, one is also forced, for the sake of the performance, to hide their faults.  (MLIA)

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HARRY POTTER BROUGHT HIM TO BROADWAY. NOW HIS WORK IS EVERYWHERE. by Robert Shuman

(Michael Paulson’s article appeared in The New York Times, 9/4; via Pam Green.) Eccentric and prodigious, the writer Jack Thorne won a Tony for “Cursed Child.” Up next: “Sunday” at…

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Wednesday, September 11, 2019

CONSTANT STANISLAVSKI (22) by Robert Shuman

Let someone teach us to speak simply, musically, nobly, beautifully, but without vocal acrobatics, actors’ pathos and all the odds and ends of scenic diction.  We want the same thing in m…

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WHY DID THE SOVIETS NOT WANT US TO KNOW ABOUT THE PIANIST MARIA GRINBERG? by Robert Shuman

(Damian Thompson’s article appeared in the Spectator, 9/7.) She was one of only four women to record the complete Beethoven piano sonatas but the state kept her in obscurity Only four wome…

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Tuesday, September 10, 2019

CONSTANT STANISLAVSKI (21) by Robert Shuman

In the repertoire of an actor, among the large number of parts played by him, there are some that seem to have been creating themselves in his inner consciousness for a long time.  One only…

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THE RELEASE OF OLEG SENTSOV AND THE PLIGHT OF THOSE LEFT BEHIND by Robert Shuman

(Masha Gessen’s article appeared in the New Yorker, 9/10.) Russia released its most famous prisoner on Saturday. Oleg Sentsov, a forty-three-year-old Crimean journalist and film director…

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Monday, September 9, 2019

CONSTANT STANISLAVSKI (20) by Robert Shuman

How many actors’ sins are covered by the artist, his line and color.  How easily he gives an artistic shading to the whole performance.  It is not in vain that so many talentless actors …

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PETER NICHOLS, PLAYWRIGHT BEST KNOWN FOR JOE EGG, DIES AGED 92 by Robert Shuman

(Chris Wiegand’s article appeared in the Guardian, 9/9.) The British writer, whose plays include Privates on Parade and The National Health, died on Saturday The playwright Peter Nichols,…

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Sunday, September 8, 2019

CONSTANT STANISLAVSKI (19) by Robert Shuman

The stage director can do a great deal, but he cannot do everything.  The most important thing is in the hands of the actor, whom one must help, who must be guided in the proper direction. …

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PHYLLIS WHEELER INTERVIEW ON “THE LONG SHADOW” by Robert Shuman

Author Phyllis Wheeler talks to Bob Shuman, at Marit Literary Agency and Stage Voices, about her YA novel The Long Shadow, a Huckleberry Finn story for the 21st century. A white suburban, co…

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Saturday, September 7, 2019

CONSTANT STANISLAVSKI (18) by Robert Shuman

Mechanical outward play is a long way ahead of true inner experiences.  In order to stop this meaningless movement along the surface of the role, it is necessary to give the initiative of c…

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THE PLAY WITH NO PERFORMERS: ‘BECKETT’S ROOM’ IS SOMETHING BETWEEN A CONJURING ACT AND A WEIRD DREAM by Robert Shuman

(Peter Crawley’s article appeared in the Irish Times, 9/7.) As the world that made Samuel Beckett who he was becomes magically apparent, the point of Dead Centre’s unusual approach begin…

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Friday, September 6, 2019

PINTER: ‘BETRAYAL’ WITH TOM HIDDLESTON (SV REVIEW PICK, NY) by Robert Shuman

(Ben Brantley’s article appeared in The New York Times, 9/5.) How can a naked space seem so full? Feelings furnish the stage in the resplendently spare new production of Harold Pinter’s …

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Thursday, September 5, 2019

CONSTANT STANISLAVSKI (17) by Robert Shuman

The more times emotion is forced to attack problems too difficult for it, the more timid it becomes and the more used to its buffers.  And the more the buffers are developed, the harder it …

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18 DAYS AND NIGHTS OF EXCEPTIONAL IRISH AND INTERNATIONAL WORK AT DUBLIN THEATRE FESTIVAL by Robert Shuman

(This article appeared in the Irish Times, 9/2.) With 10 world premieres and 14 international productions, there’s something for everyone at this year’s Dublin Theatre Festival Dublin Th…

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Wednesday, September 4, 2019

CONSTANT STANISLAVSKI (16) by Robert Shuman

The actor becomes a prostitute who appears so many hours each evening for the purpose of exhibiting his beauty, his legs, his breast, his muscles, his animal temperament and passion, his lou…

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THE 10 BEST PLAYS ABOUT POLITICS by Robert Shuman

(Michael Billington’s article appeared in the Guardian, 9/4.) As Hansard opens at the National Theatre and drama heats up in Westminster, our critic picks his favourite political theatre C…

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Tuesday, September 3, 2019

CONSTANT STANISLAVSKI (15) by Robert Shuman

All actors must be character actors, of course not in the sense of outer, but of inner characteristics.  But even outwardly it is best for the actor to leave himself at times.  This does n…

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Sunday, September 1, 2019

CONSTANT STANISLAVSKI (13) by Robert Shuman

When my opinion was asked, I made my remarks. Good and true words come not when you want to say them, but only when you do not think of them, when they become necessary themselves. (MLIA)

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SONDHEIM: ‘COMPANY’ RETURNING TO BROADWAY, WITH A WOMAN AT ITS CENTER by Robert Shuman

(Michael Paulson’s article appeared in The New York Times, 8/30; via Pam Green.) The revival, starring Katrina Lenk and Patti LuPone, will open next spring on Stephen Sondheim’s 90th bir…

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Saturday, August 31, 2019

CONSTANT STANISLAVSKI (13) by Robert Shuman

When you play a good man look for the places where he is evil, and in an evil man look for the places where he is good.  (MLIA)

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ETHICAL DRAMA WINS EDINBURGH THEATER PRIZE by Robert Shuman

(Steven McElroy’s article appeared in The New York Times, 8/23; via Pam Green.) “Mouthpiece” by Kieran Hurley won $25,000 to fund a transfer from the Edinburgh Fringe to New York. “M…

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Friday, August 30, 2019

CONSTANT STANISLAVSKI (12) by Robert Shuman

What is done on the stage is seen better from the auditorium than from the stage itself.  Looking from the auditorium I comprehended the mistakes on the stage at once. . . . (MLIA)

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MOSCOW THEATER PROMPTER TALKS ABOUT HER ‘DYING’ JOB by Robert Shuman

(Alexandra Guzeva’s article appeared in Russia Beyond the HEadlings, 6/3.) Nowadays, most theaters have stopped using prompters, but the Maly Theater cherishes this tradition and regards p…

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