Thursday, June 04, 2009


I’m going to be a bit of a gadabout today (and I’m not even an actor!) so don’t have much time to write. However, you might enjoy this Tony Awards preview from Entertainment Weekly. The predictions are interesting and all but mostly I like the embedded YouTube links. See the cast of "Hair" spread love in David Letterman's studio and a great "33 Variations" sketch with Jane Fonda that has bits of brilliance embedded.

I finally sat down to watch the Patti D’Beck piece that aired on PBS a few days ago, which was very well done. My favorite part was when she working with the individual actress in the musical theater class. Maybe those of you who have been in theater class found it tiresome but, for someone who hasn’t, it was pretty fascinating. I only wish they had identified the student who was doing the work because I thought she took direction really well. I could actually see Patti’s comments reflected in her performance.

Just as an aside, I took my first trip out to the Culbreth Theatre on the UVA campus on Tuesday, as part of a year in which I have explored at least two other semi-local venues I’d never visited before. It’s one of those cool theaters where off-stage left opens up into this huge shop area. And the fly-space – oh my! I’m really looking forward to actually seeing a show there later this month (road trip suggestion: come see “Oliver” at Heritage Rep end of June/beginning of July. I think it’ll be worth the trip.)


Thespis' Little Helper said...

I am planning to see OLIVER starring the tiny Tline!

Still really frustrated and rather appalled that they cut a whole monologue out of Terrance McNally's MASTER CLASS and edited out the "curse" words.

So wrong.


(Exits soap box stage left)

Thespis' Little Helper said...

This one in particular looks fantastic!

They should spread this around more.

I had no interest in seeing the show, but THIS LOOKS GREAT!

Anonymous said...

The actress in the theater class was Sarah Pruden. She is a Douglas Freeman High School grad, and played the role of "Kim Macafee" in the 2007 Dogwood Dell production of "Bye Bye Birdie". (written by Sandy Dacus)

Keith C. said...

Sarah also portrayed Audrey in "Little Shop of Horrors" at Dogwood Dell last summer (2008).