Monthly Archives: October 2013

10/23: Acting, Not Reading

Well, after waxing eloquent (or whatever that was) in the last post about the play having plenty of plot for my purposes, I realized at the first Act I run-through off-book that Jig Saw reads fantastic because people talk, talk, … Continue reading

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10/12: Early Rehearsal

After a night of watching 30s comedy highlights (see previous posts), I was amazed to see how the actors had already responded with faster, more clipped speech and more precise movement in their initial scene work. I think I’ll run … Continue reading

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10/8: Inspirations: Time and People

The subtitles here are annoying, but in my mind, Del and Claire, the lead couple in Jig Saw, are Nick and Nora. If they liked each other, which is up for grabs.   Trouble in Paradise by Ernst Lubitsch has … Continue reading

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10/4: Connections

I connected with Tim Page, Powell’s biographer and champion; I can only think she would have hand-picked him if she’d had any say in the matter, his writing is graceful, witty, and incisive. He’s also wonderfully kind and thanks to … Continue reading

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10/3: Jig Saw: The Look, Part 1

When I started to think about directing onstage, I wanted to do a period show, preferably one set in New York. All along, two sources of inspiration kept popping into my mind. #1: Kay Thompson’s Eloise at the Plaza, indelibly … Continue reading

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10/2: It Begins!

Welcome to the Jig Saw blog. Over the next 10 weeks, I’ll be chronicling the production of this show by the great and underappreciated writer, Dawn Powell. Why Jig Saw? (Which, by the way, Powell referred to in her diaries … Continue reading

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