Why Musical Theatre Actors Should Take On Shakespeare

So many terrific musical theatre performers I have met feel nervous — or even downright terrified — of tackling their first Shakespearean role. Let’s put an end to the notion that performers whose main experience has been acting and singing in musicals should not be playing Shakespeare, right now. In fact, they are uniquely equipped […]

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An Opera Conceived by Beggars

The entire glorious company in the final scene of Marvell Rep’s Drama Desk Award-nominated production of The Threepenny Opera. We thought the horse-head on a stick was a cheekily appropriate solution for an “opera conceived by beggars.” Photo by Jill Usdan.

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Lenny’s Top Fifty

Many of you know that I’m an ardent movie buff, and you’ve asked me over the years to compile a list of my favorites. So I thought this would be a fun way to kick off this blog. Here are my fifty favorite movies so far, the ones that cause me to smile every time […]

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Spring’s Awakening

The exquisite Lizzy DeClement and commanding Giuseppe Bausillio gave brave, iconic performances as Wendla and Melchior in Marvell Rep’s acclaimed production of Wedekind’s SPRING’S AWAKENING, part of our season devoted to works that had been burned and banned. Wedekind’s play is even more controversial than the musical. Photo by Jill Usdan.

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Possessed

The jolting moment of possession in THE DYBBUK–a seminal, but rarely produced ghost story about a young Jewish bride who is possessed by the spirit of her dead love on the day of her wedding. Like ROMEO AND JULIET meets THE EXORCIST, Yiddish style. A brilliant cast of 22–just about the largest company on any […]

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The Glass Menagerie

Marnye Young and Markus Potter, two of my favorite actors,  shimmered in this iconic moment from THE GLASS MENAGERIE.

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Flirtation

Photo of Flirtation by Arthur Schnitzler at Marvell Rep, directed Lenny Leibowitz

At once delicate and devastating, Arthur Schnitzler’s rarely seen FLIRTATION is all about the consequences of trifling with love. In just a few weeks of rehearsal, Marvell’s extraordinary seven member cast achieved the kind of sensitively-attuned repertory acting that usually only comes with years of playing together.

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Star-Crossed Lovers

Photo from BLOOD WEDDING

From Blood Wedding, a poignant, doom-drenched moment of quiet between the two star-crossed lovers (Hamish Allan-Headley and Evgeniya Radilova) before all hell breaks loose. Photo by Raymond Haddad.

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A Doll House

Allison McLemore and Chris Kipiniak were terrific together in Ingmar Bergman’s adaptation of A DOLL’S HOUSE. Bergman stripped away most of the original’s naturalistic trappings, causing it to play like a kind of fever dream. This was Marvell’s debut production.

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