Monday, July 16, 2007

on great performers

I found this quote in Jesse Green's article in yesterday's Times called "Seeking His Inner Her, Size XXXL" about John Travolta and his role as Edna, in the upcoming musical, Hairspray.

Great performers are so watchable, but also so alarming, because they won't be pinned down. Wherever there's x they mix it with y, and vice versa. Vile characters like Vincent Vega are leavened with pathos or humor; lightweights like Edna are deepened with sex and sadness.

I thought it was a nice bit of acting inspiration for the day. It did, however, leave me with this frightening dream last night where I couldn't remember the lines from my Dionyza monologue (from Shakespeare's Pericles) for the life of me.

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