The famous bond that develops between performers and their audience is often palpable. Yet, as much as they might love to be onstage, many a performer has made it clear that the reason they pursue an active private life is because "you can't take an audience home with you after the show."
Through From the Horse's Mouth "talk/dance" format, Anna Sokolow Way will offer a firsthand look at the personal experiences of dancers, actors, critics and musicians who worked with Anna over the course of her 60-year career in dance.
When I was a teenager I worked on a show that was about a family. As with real families, my fictional family on "Life Goes On" had its ups and downs, and as part of the fictional downers, the actors were often called to cry on cue. This absolutely terrified me.
There are those who think poorly of talkbacks. They think theater, in many ways an ephemeral art, is to be experienced, not analyzed. This is the same argument made by those who think you shouldn't hold poetry interpretation classes.
Len Cariou may well be the most persistently employed performer on the planet. He leaps fleetly from role to role, format to format and venue to venue -- theater, film, television, recordings, narration, voiceovers, documentaries and audio books.
David Mamet is so distinctive that his name became an adjective. So he'll survive this week in which his play The Anarchist immediately posted a closing notice for Dec. 16 and a revival of his Glengarry Glen Ross opened with a starry cast and less starry reviews.
Patti Issues is bitingly funny and deeply moving as Ben Rimalower delves into complex issues of family relationships, depression, coming out, the nature of celebrity worship and the pitfalls of meeting our own idols.
Patti Issues is not just 90 minutes of gay diva worship, and Rimalower has wisely given the show a much-needed emotional core by balancing out the LuPone anecdotes with a compelling exploration of his troubled relationship with his father, who came out when Ben was 8.
The thing about Patti LuPone and Mandy Patinkin is they're safe bets. You know what you are getting; you know what the delivery is going to be like. With Patti and Mandy, if you like such things, you're set.