Jeremy's Ramblings, Babblings, and Other Pretentious Bullshit.
Tuesday, April 27, 2004
This is a bit of advice for people who want to be involved in theater, either in directing or acting. If you are directing and/or acting in a play that is not plot-driven and instead rather talky, like ("Long Day's Journey Into Night" or "The Zoo Story"), PLEASE make sure that you work extra hard to bring a sense of urgency to it. I saw a show last night in L.A. that didn't do that. It was EXCRUCIATING!
Oh, and also only cast a celebrity only if they're really right for the role. The reviews are in, and Sean "P. Diddy" Combs is not embarrassingly bad in the revival of "Raisin in the Sun", as people might have thought. However, the consensus is that he does not have what it takes to carry the show. This is why if you're going to cast a celebrity, make sure that they are familiar with theatre (recent examples being Ned Beatty, Calista Flockhart, John Lithgow, and Liev Schreiber) instead of just any random celebrity (recent examples being Jason Patric, Alicia Silverstone, and Jason Biggs).
Speaking of theatre, tonight I have an audition for the Blank Theatre's Young Playwrights Festival. There are plenty of great shows this year with plenty of parts for a teenage boy-looking guy. Wish me luck! Don't say "break a leg", though. That's just superstitious nonsense.
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