The Craft

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    Don't Say Anything Negative About a Show Within Earshot of the Theater

    This learned young scholar of the arts might benefit from a little etiquette lesson in the “six-block rule.” In short, the rule dictates that you refrain from saying anything negative about a production until you are at least six blocks away from the theater.

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    Don't Dismiss the Dramaturge

    To actors, the function of a dramaturge can be somewhat mysterious. But there are many ways they can help actors, so befriend them.

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    Playing Cops (and Robbers Too)

    Long, long ago, in a galaxy far, far away, I played a police officer on stage. I immediately discovered why cops walk in that funny, lumbering way: It's the holster. It gets in the way of holding your arms straight down at your sides.

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    Play Is the Thing

    Children under the age of 5 easily slip into imaginary worlds of their own making. Is it possible that they hold the keys to understanding the fundamentals of acting?

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    Hey, Teach!

    With apologies to Paul Simon, there must be 50 ways to find a teacher. Check out the Back, Jack. Back Stage, that is, and other trade publications with ads and listings.

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    Be a Smart Actor

    Knowing what to use and when to use it is important for your success as an actor. You can't bring the whole kitchen sink in with you every time you go to perform or audition.

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    How to Make the Best of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival

    Peter Michael Marino gives tips on how to make your show a success at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

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    The Technique of Process

    What inspires you? What blocks you? What rocks you? What delights and repels you?

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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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    Acting as Dating

    We hear this all the time: Be willing to suffer for your art. But how do you know if you even want to make the necessary sacrifices to be an actor?