Monday, July 30, 2012

An Actor's Perspective - July 30, 2012

July 30, 2012 

By Marc Kudisch
“Tartuffe” in Tartuffe 

Well, we're open and running........(large exhalation)

Nadia Bowers & Marc Kudisch in Tartuffe
Photo by T. Charles Erickson
The greatest joy of the run has been hearing each audience, every night, rediscover this great play. To hear them react in similar but sometimes totally different ways, with laughter, gasps, knowing moans and under the breath "Oy"s is a play unto itself.  

That's one of the great secrets of the theatre people sometimes forget; the play isn't about us, it's about YOU. The audience. The folks who are reading this right now. You are as much about the evening’s entertainment as we the actors are, and when you're in it with us, man oh man, things COOK! And they have been at the Playhouse every night.  

Charise Castro Smith, Mark Nelson &
Jeanine Serralles in Tartuffe  Photo by T. Charles Erickson
Great audiences you folks that come to Westport Playhouse are; great is the cast that has been assembled by David Kennedy; great the set and costumes for our play. I've enjoyed meeting a lot of new compatriots, whom I've become fans of, and am glad to have finally had the chance to share the stage with Mark Nelson, whom I've been a fan of for a long time. And boy is it fun to be booed. Seriously folks, you know you're doing your job right as “Tartuffe” when the audience is willing to give that extra effort of a boo, to unabashedly let you know what they're thinking. Without having to over-work or push yourself to get it, ‘cause that's how good the play is.  

I sure hope for anyone reading this that hasn't seen the play, that you will get off your computer NOW and call for tickets. And experience a great play and a great conversation, for yourself.

Learn more about the Playhouse production of Tartuffe or purchase tickets online, 24/7. 

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