December 13, 2013
Reminder: Acting is Work

It has been with much fanfare that Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen now share the stage for repertoire performances on Broadway. In No Man’s Land, Harold Pinter’s inscrutable work about life and memory, Stewart takes the role of Hirst, a successful essayist and literary critic. McKellen plays opposite Stewart as Spooner, an apparently failed poet and possible old friend and rival. On alternating nights, in Waiting for Godot, the philosophical exploration by Samuel Beckett, Stewart assumes the role of Estragon opposite McKellen’s Vladimir.
It’s not enough to say that each of these roles plays to the actors’ strengths. Rather, the roles reveal the sheer range of their talents and challenge the audience to wonder, what, if anything, are the actors’ weaknesses?
Read more. [Image: Cort Theater]

Reminder: Acting is Work

It has been with much fanfare that Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen now share the stage for repertoire performances on Broadway. In No Man’s Land, Harold Pinter’s inscrutable work about life and memory, Stewart takes the role of Hirst, a successful essayist and literary critic. McKellen plays opposite Stewart as Spooner, an apparently failed poet and possible old friend and rival. On alternating nights, in Waiting for Godot, the philosophical exploration by Samuel Beckett, Stewart assumes the role of Estragon opposite McKellen’s Vladimir.

It’s not enough to say that each of these roles plays to the actors’ strengths. Rather, the roles reveal the sheer range of their talents and challenge the audience to wonder, what, if anything, are the actors’ weaknesses?

Read more. [Image: Cort Theater]

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