Tag Archives: New York

Set Pieces At Home

Sometimes I joke that half of what I own was used in a show. It’s not far from the truth, actually. So many of the items around my house were originally purchased as a prop or set piece for a … Continue reading

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No Hamlet In Maine

Once, I almost played Hamlet. Well, sort of. I’d been cast to play the Dane, but not in the Shakespeare. There is a very funny play by Lee Blessing, in which the entire cast of Hamlet appears, in a way … Continue reading

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Lessons From Sunna

We were sitting in traffic on Eighth Avenue in Manhattan, heading uptown in the van belonging to the theatre company I was working for at the time. I was driving, with the producer in the passenger seat. We were at … Continue reading

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Manhattan Towers

As a teenager, I went to an acting school in Manhattan. My ultimate plan was to move to Los Angeles to become a movie star, but first I felt it was important to have some respectable New York training and … Continue reading

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When Funny Lines Get Cut

When I was just starting out as an actor, I worked props on a production of Blythe Spirit, with a dinner theatre company on Long Island. It was good experience, working backstage. One I think all young actors should have. … Continue reading

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Learn Your Damn Lines!

It’s the most common question people ask an actor. “How do you learn all those lines?” Up front, this seems like a silly question. Of course we can learn lines. That’s elementary. There are far more difficult aspects to being … Continue reading

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Being a Mime

As a kid, I used to watch a mime on tv. His name was Robert Shields. It must have been re-runs of the variety show he had with his wife in the 1970s. The show was called Shields & Yarnell. … Continue reading

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