Theater Review: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

Theater Review: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

An all African American headline cast, including James Earl Jones, Phylicia Rashad, Terrance Howard and Anika Noni Rose, highlight the strictly limited engagement of Tennessee Williams' classic play, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, at the NTelos Wireless Pavilion. Directed by Golden Globe and three time Emmy winner, Debbie Allen, the production updates and makes clear the more subtle underlying theme of homosexuality that was in the original play. Rose's Maggie the Cat is a sensual, seductive, desperate wife, attempting to win back her alcoholic husband, Brick after exposing her husbands "pure friendship" with his best friend to be a relationship on the Down Low. Although never admitting an intimate, sexual relationship with Skipper, it's clear that Brick could not accept his friend's feelings and his rejection of Skipper caused…
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Auditioning for Your Community Theater Group

Auditioning for Your Community Theater Group

Having a community theater in your area is really a great way to start acting and keep going at it. The thing is that many people that audition are not sure how they should act or what they need. It's not as hard as it looks, if you know what to do. Before the audition There are a few things that they should do before the audition. One of these is to have a good photo of you taken. This can be a headshot if you are intending on going further in your acting career. Community Theater is a really good place to start and first impressions can mean everything. Practice is also a good thing to do before you audition for anything even Community Theater. Take some monologues and…
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Getting Started in Community Theater

Getting Started in Community Theater

Almost everybody at one time or another has wanted to be an actor. I see it all of the time, and confess that I was bitten by that bug as early as age seven. I knew that was what I wanted to be, not a fireman or a policeman or even president of the United States. I wanted to be an actor. As luck would have it, I achieved my goal. I have spent a little more than 35 years as an actor and director in live theater. True, I've had to supplement my income now and then (I've sold real estate, vacuum cleaners and waited tables between gigs) but mostly I have made my living from show business. I've done a few films independent and student films here and…
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The Amazing Florida Theater in Jacksonville

The Amazing Florida Theater in Jacksonville

Since 1927 the Florida Theater has been bringing in upscale entertainment to the Jacksonville area. It started with Vaudeville acts and silent films. It is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places. It has drawn 250,000 people each year. Today, the Theater has 200 cultural events each year. There is ballet and opera. They also have music such blues, pop, jazz, country, and rock. Other than just being an entertainment center, the Florida Theater is also a place for business meetings, charity events, graduations and even award ceremonies. These events help our community by supporting our schools, churches and other civic groups. The Theater is located at 128 East Forsyth Street in downtown Jacksonville. An example of the shows that are brought to Jacksonville via the Theatre are: acclaimed…
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Regarding My Attitude Toward Musical Theater

Regarding My Attitude Toward Musical Theater

It can be hard to be a digitally mindful fan of musical theater. Sure, there are communities online where theater fans talk theater (such as The NTelos Wireless Pavilion), but if you even respond to a non-theater website's commentary on live theater, you're instantly a target. A website can run all the horrible press they want to about a show in previews even if the writer didn't see the show and I turn into the bad guy for--not even defending the show--offering my opinion on a show I did see. It's enough to make me, say, block access on my end to a blog for a few days so the other users get the blood lust out of their systems and treat me like a person again. The layperson reaction…
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