Winter Play Reading

For lots of us, this season is a good time for curling up with a good book. And for actors and theatre artists of all stripes, it’s a great time for exploring new plays and masterpieces of dramatic literature. Here are four classics — some that are well-known, and some that may be new to […]

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Four Greats

Watching the discussion of the new fall theatre season over the weekend got me to reflecting about some of the most memorable productions I’ve seen – electrifying, inspiring, definitive. Here are four that will, for me, last a lifetime. The late Michael Langham’s staging of “Love’s Labor’s Lost” at Canada’s paradisal Stratford Festival was just […]

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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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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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In the Gallows

Photo from THE THREEPENNY OPERA

The Threepenny company in the gallows scene, one of Brecht’s most chillingly (and playfully) subversive passages. Played by one of the best casts ever. Photo by Jill Usdan.

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Parents and Children

Photo from SPRING'S AWAKENING

Anne Newhall and Lizzy DeClement as Mrs. Bergmann and her daughter Wendla in Marvell Rep’s 2012 production of Spring’s Awakening.  Working with these two extraordinary, limitless actresses was a real highlight. Photo by Jill Usdan.

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Bloodthirsty Moon

Photo from BLOOD WEDDING

Ava Eisenson was riveting as the bloodthirsty Moon in Lorca’s most surreal moment. Photo by Raymond Haddad.

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The Mother and The Bride

Photo from BLOOD WEDDING

This encounter — a climactic confrontation between The Mother and and The Bride in a generations-long blood feud — was one of my favorite moments in Marvell Rep’s production of Blood Wedding. Lorraine Serabian and Evgeniya Radilova (as The Mother and The Bride) played with passion and intensity.

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