Main Character vs. Protagonist vs. Hero

So, I recently directed Henry IV, Part One for the Hawaii Shakespeare Festival, and I noticed something curious—the title character, the main character, the protagonist and the hero are four different people. Check my math:  Title character—King Henry. Obviously. Main character—Falstaff. He’s got by far the most lines and scenes. He’s also the most memorable […]

Rules for Playing Comedy: Choose Funny [1]

“… the code is more what you’d call ‘guidelines’ than actual rules.”—Geoffrey Rush,Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl A bit of common, but terrible, advice I see on playing comedy is to treat it the same as drama. There’s a grain of truth in that, but it’s a grain that’s embedded […]

London Theatre – III

Final installment of quick takes on London theatre shows. At last, the good stuff! [1] Matilda adapted by Dennis Kelly Another musical. Fortunately the songs are few and far between because, with one exception, they add little to the proceedings but some vocal and visual energy. The script is adapted from a short children’s novel […]