5 Positive Things Critique Can Do For You

I finished the 4th draft of my new play, and in spite of as much focused and deep work as I've done on a play and a group of characters, still missed the goal by a mile.  (Well, maybe more like a half-mile, but still.)  Not that there are not some good things about the …

George Bernard Shaw and the Fight for Pygmalion

"Don't talk to me of romances; I was sent into the world to dance on them with thick boots--to shatter, stab, and murder them." -- George Bernard Shaw.  (His Collected Letters) The basic facts are these: George Bernard Shaw wrote the play on which the musical My Fair Lady is based  99 years ago, in 1912. …

Thoughts on “My Fair Lady”

[Caveat:  I wrote the following over the weekend before I'd had much a chance to read up on Shaw's take on things.  Now I know more.  Tomorrow I'll return to this theme.  What follows in this post is uninformed and rambly, but I'd still be interested in seeing a production that came at the play …

Taproot Theatre’s “Brownie Points”

Theatre as conversation starter: it's a metaphor we often pull out when we're trying to justify theatre's existence.  "To teach and to please" was the catchphrase back in the 18th century, and Taproot Theatre's current production--Janece Shaffer's Brownie Points--manifests that ideal explicitly.    One of the characters even suggests early in the play that there …

17 Steps to Beating Resistance

Keeping the themes of "The War of Art" (by Stephen Pressfield) going one more day, let me ask you this: how did the battle with Resistance go today? Here's how it went for me, and the 17 steps I took (or that I felt myself taking?  Or that someone gave me the strength take?  Or...) …

Choosing Character Choices: Remembering How Different We Are

Aristotle called it "the imitation of human beings in action."   Working on my latest project, a new play with the working title, Lost Cause, I'm again learning the old saw that the only way to learn to write is to write.  The writing teaches you if you just show up. Just now, the characters …