The Craft

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    Playing Drunk

    Playing drunk is a very difficult thing to pull off. Even though you may be eager to conduct some firsthand research on this project, I'm afraid that it requires a clear head and great skill.

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    Playing Farce in the 21st Century

    Have the excesses of reality TV and the distractions of the digital age upped the ante for farce, a time-honored type of comedy usually characterized by slamming doors, mistaken identities, broad characterizations, and physical mayhem?

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    'Improvising' in Scripted Comedy

    I'm often asked by people who have seen "The 39 Steps"—in which I'm performing on Broadway, along with Jill Paice, Jeffery Kuhn, and Sean Mahon—how much of the show is improvised.

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    10 Best Audition Monologues for Actors

    Let's be clear: There is no such thing as a perfect list of the best monologues for actors.

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    The Top 10 Tips for Becoming a Successful Comedy Actor

    In what way are you funny? What's funny about you? Being aware of what makes up your personal "funny"—finding the comedy in yourself and your everyday life—is the first step to becoming a successful comedy actor.

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    A Star is Born -- or Made

    In  the years I've been writing this column, I've always assumed that acting training is an absolute necessity if you want to be an actor.

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    Gotta Be Me

    Remember that old Army recruitment ad, "Be all you can be"? One of the ways to be all you can be when acting is to blend your own behavior with that of your character.

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    What Is This Thing Called Craft?

    Lee Strasberg once said, "Every actor needs a craft which is commensurate with his talent." Stella Adler said, "Without craft there can be no art."

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    Thought Control

    Recently I found myself thinking about…well, about thinking. What should or shouldn't be in your mind when you're acting? How do you control your thoughts? How do you not think about a pink elephant?

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    What Is Personalization?

    Every role, every creative situation, every professional job—whether on stage, in front of a camera, or at a microphone—is unique and requires you to use different tools from your actor's toolbox.