I so would have gone to this - please give us more notice next time! :)
It's Ave Q. Brain fart. Written up on a plane skirting a hurricane on an hour's sleep. It all became German to me. Fixed now thanks to some good eyes and ears who caught it quickly and texted me in Tampa. Tech win!
yeah thats defiantley avenue q and not spring awakening..... just to be clear.
That's a fine workpic, sho 'nuff, but where's the story? I guess that new hole is for The Gentrys star, and it's about time, I must say, but I still think Larry Raspberry should have gotten one of his own years ago. Just sayin'.
Hi Tito (if that IS your real name)! I never had a qualm about doing it. You're playing Tito, an opera singer who's there to play Otello. Of course he wears dark makeup to do this.
Ultimately, I think this: It is an issue only for people who are paid to think about the theatre. In other words, theatre personnel, and reviewers such as Chris. And that's fine; I totally understand the basis for raising the question of its appropriateness. Blackface can certainly have a loathsome connotation. But can you find one single example of a regular audience member, in any of the thousands of performances this play has had, objecting to it? Picketing, angry letters to the editor, complaints to the management, anything like that? I tried, and couldn't. Once you're inside the theatre, for actors and audiences alike, I think it's a non-issue. Break a leg!
I'm fascinated by this discussion, frankly, and I completely get where you're coming from here. I've recently been cast as Tito in a production, and while I'm grateful for the opportunity, I suddenly find myself a little embarrassed to tell some of my friends about my role. Worse, I'm unsure whether to promote the show or encourage them to see it. On the one hand, I hope that they would be able to see past the potential insensitivities of the play; but the fact remains it'll still be their friend up there in blackface. I wonder whether the other actor here who played Tito encountered a similar problem?
I fully agree with the King Lear sentiment. It would be a very worthy winner.
Thanks! That makes sense.
@irenecrist, I completely agree. Ms. Oliver's work was simply amazing!
I think the directors indicate how they want roles to be classified as to lead or supporting.
I suppose there should be a category for Best Chewing of the Scenery?
In a perfect world, we would have more lots more judges who can see all the plays.
Biggest head scratcher to me is Courtney Oliver not being nominated for choreography in Spring Awakening. It was original and inspired. It was all about teenage angst. I was mesmerized.
"Gem of the Ocean" Best Small Ensemble and Best Direction of a Drama for Tony Horne
"The Unrestrained Over-Acting Award" or the "Schmactor of the Year" Award-
Lots of head scratchers this year, I think.
No set, costume, or prop nod for "Earnest"? Were they wearing blindfolds?
Also robbed, Brian Everson in both The Importance of Being Earnest and Noises Off. Oh my, is he ever talented! Love, love his work!
Robbed: Hedda Gabler (Lisi, Maness, Moran, Directing, Drama), Race (Huff, Maness, Ensemble, Directing), King Lear (Bolinski), No No Nanette (Lappin) and Dreamgirls (Musical). Gypsy nomination is highly questionable. Also, a lot of Chicago was a reproduction of the movie and national tour, is that award-worthy?
Congrats CHels! So proud of you:)
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