NYC. I went to see SJP and Matthew Broderick in Neil Simon's Plaza Suite. Gotta say, I am really, really impressed with Parker's and Broderick's physical comedy skills. It's easy to overlook this kind of mastery on the screen; onstage, it's on obvious display. Broad comedy gets a bad rap in theater these dayz, and/but these two manage to play their slapstick with so much simultaneous zing and gentle charisma. They also have such delightful chemistry (and I hate the overused 'chemistry'...but they have such great chemistry). The play is definitely dated, but, also, who cares? It's fun, it's decadent, and they are supremely charming. It's also great to see seasoned performers - who are married - play with each other with the kind of verve, love, excitability, irritation, boredom, and fight that perhaps only longterm coupledom can grant. The audience is having the BEST TIME.
NYC. Woodshed reunites for some workshopping (pre Broadway shenanigans, before about half of the company invades Circle in the Square): a new piece, text by Jason Gray Platt, direction by Teddy Bergman... Been a loooong time since we were in space together. Great to see these faces NOT on Zoom.
NYC. Incredibly excited for Kara Young, who plays our Host in the podcast series, A Simple Herstory. Congrats on your Tony nomination for Clyde's, Kara!
So many of the actors from Season 1 of A Simple Herstory also have exciting projects happening now and on the horizon. Congrats to Dale Soules ("Buck" Claflin) for her role as Darby Steel in the Pixar flick, Lightyear. Congrats to Kate Burton (Elizabeth Cady Stanton) for her roles in The Dropout (Rochelle Gibbons) and The First Lady (Hillary Clinton!). Congrats to Tonya Pinkins ("Roxy" Claflin) for her role as Alma Spearman in Women of the Movement. Congrats to Rachel Crowl (Susan B. Anthony) for her role in Yale Rep's Between Two Knees. Congrats to Maria Dizzia (Lucy Stone) for her roles as Lady Macduff - and First Witch - in the "Scottish play" on the Broadway. Congrats to Donnetta Lavinia Grays (Frederick Douglass) for her role as Fitzpatrick in The Skin of Our Teeth on Broadway. Many more updates to come, I'm sure...
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