More On the Theater




I was talking with a co-worker on Wednesday about an HBO movie we had both seen (Grey Gardens), and was telling him that there is also a musical version of the story which ran on Broadway for a very short time in 2006. It starred Christine Ebersole, who I had gone to acting school with in NYC.


I never saw the show myself, but told him I had read about it online last year.

And I guess he could sense the excitement in my voice by the way I was sharing it, because he suddenly said to me, “Don’t you miss the theater? And do you ever think you’ll go back to it?”

I know that most of you who have been visiting my blog for a while now have read stories about certain shows I've been in, and also various experiences I’ve had while being in the theater. So, I’m sure you can tell that, yes, I do miss the theater at times.

Once an actor, always an actor.

Especially when it comes to the theater.

Once you get a taste of performing live in front of an audience, that taste never goes away. In fact, most screen actors will often return to the stage because they know it’s truly the actors medium.

With acting, once you’ve unleashed your soul to portraying various characters, it becomes like a hunger that begs to be fed.

It’s an odd, yet unbelievably freeing feeling to temporarily place yourself in almost another dimension, while letting go and giving your physical and emotional senses permission to be taken over by the life experiences of someone else.

Acting is literally a spiritual experience.

You must allow yourself to trust in something greater than you, to take you to places you need to go.

It’s one of the most bazaar, yet euphoric feelings in the world.

Acting also sometimes involves bringing your own life experiences of vulnerability, pain and suffering to the surface, and then allowing those feelings to be exposed and expressed through the character.

I didn’t begin to really scratch the surface of acting, until I got older and began living. You can only be as true to a character emotionally, to the degree in which you yourself have lived.

To truthfully convey an emotion, you must be familiar with that emotion.

Therefore, the more you experience life.....the more you bring to acting.

Back in the late 90’s, I decided to take a break from the theater because I knew I needed more time to grow as a person, while investigating other interests in my life. I also took the break because I knew it was time for me to take what I had learned in the theater about letting go and trusting, and apply it to my offstage life.

It was easy for me to let go onstage, but I hadn’t quite learned how to do it in my real life.

Much time has passed since then. I’ve experienced things I never thought I would. Things I had to learn to let go of and trust.

I’ve done this before. Left the theater for many years, and then returned. I seem to need breaks from the theater, to develop and expand as a human being, and then take that back onstage with me.

So, do I think I’ll ever get back to the theater?

Yes, I believe I will. In some capacity.

And just like when I knew it was time to take a break, I will feel in my heart when the time is right for me to return.

I’ll just know.

I will hear the voice of the stage manager over the backstage intercom calling, “Places actors…..”





Wishing you a theatrical weekend everyone!



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50 comments

  1. Outside of a bit part in a high school play (where my one line consisted of three words), I have no experience in theater or acting. I did take a theater class in college, but it was only a general education course simply to fill my class schedule. I remember very little of it. My point being that I know nothing about it. But the one thing in your post that really caught my eye was that an actor has to know an emotion to convey it. That's a really good point. Knock wood that I have never experienced the death of someone close to me, so as an actor I wouldn't be able to play that scene out on stage too convincingly.

    Good points Ron.

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  2. wow, you sent thrill all over my body just by reading this post. i felt so much love you have for the theater! i had experienced my fair share of performance on the stage. but i don't remember them the way it did for you. i supposed i was more focused on me being stage fright than to truly enjoy the moment. but i loved being on stage with a bunch of people, let it be musical or acting performances. i truly cannot express myself with every pair of eyes staring at me from all direction.

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  3. Hey there Ronnie,

    It is nice to be back. I am just starting up some visits online and trying to look ahead.
    I have not had the same theatrical experience as you but I know that when something is so engrained in your life and soul, it never leaves you.

    I believe that Ronnie will one day be back, either on stage or helping a production.
    It is a part of your life!

    When you do, I am more than sure that we will all be the first to hear the news.

    Take care and have a great weekend.
    xox

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  4. How delicate to read this today, a titillating Friday morn'. I have a gap at work so I get to make it over to the movies... I'll be thinking of you and what you shared.

    I feel similarly about dance. The love is there. Will I go back... do not know. Hopefully. More mature, for sure. More of life experience brings the same kind of depth into your dancing too.

    I know I'd love to see you on stage... you'll know when, and I'll be sure to come!

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  5. My middle child caught a bit of the acting bug and it was neat to see her bloom onstage in a few local productions. She has a stutter and it magically would disappear onstage, much like it does when she sings. Isn't that interesting?

    I've always thought it must be a fascinating life to be an actor, but also a very difficult one. Taking a break seems like a healthy thing to do. Hope you have a wonderful weekend, Ron.

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  6. 'Once an actor, always an actor'

    And it shows, Ron. I can hear it when I read your words. I've heard that actors use life experience in their roles, I guess that's why 'older' performers do so well. They have character. If and when you do go back to the theatre I'll start a fan club so don't even think you can get away from blogland that easy.

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  7. Ah, 'the smell of the greasepaint and the roar of the crowd' - will call you back. :)

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  8. ...Wow - so much passion in one post! I could feel your love for the theater as I was reading. I for one would put seeing you perform in person on my Bucket List. Seriously. :o)

    ...I couldn't do it because I wouldn't want to unearth some of the ugliness of my life just so I could pull off a 'performance'. To me it would be emotionally and physically taxing, I couldn't do it. With that being said, I am grateful to those of you that do. It takes guts, heart and plenty of soul to do what you do and when it is done to perfection it is, well, awe inspiring!

    ...I tip my hat to you and wait in anticipation for the curtain to rise! :o)

    ...Blessings... :o)

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  9. I can sense that acting is very much a part of your core make-up. I do hope you get the opportunity to perform again. Hope your weekend is lovely.

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  10. I would have loved to see you onstage. I bet you were a kick ass actor because you are such a character in real life! I always loved being involved in the drama club but on the make up and costume end because I really do hate being the center of attention and when you are actor that is exactly what you are! Someday you and I need to take a trip to NY together and take in some Broadway shows....when we're both rich! LOL

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  11. Ron, You are soooooooooooo correct. Life is the story we portray as we go day to day. We are the actors in our own existence and we yearn for others out there in the audience of the world to notice and applaud what we do on own stage.
    When we can get to the point where we are comfortable in protaying ourselves and letting what is inside come to the surface and be seen and felt by others then that is when we know we have what it takes to be Happy.
    Then when you can use the expeience of life to help you go into another individual and perhaps verify that you have some of the same qualities of the person or thing you are showing yourself as then your circle becomes complete and you know that we are all in this play of life together and in fact we are one.

    Thanks for the chance to say what has been in my soul.

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  12. Good Morning Matty~

    "the one thing in your post that really caught my eye was that an actor has to know an emotion to convey it. That's a really good point. Knock wood that I have never experienced the death of someone close to me, so as an actor I wouldn't be able to play that scene out on stage too convincingly."

    It's so ironic you mentioned that Matty, because just before I got back into theater (after taking one of my breaks), I experienced the death of my father. I had the most amazing and touching experience onstage during a performance of The Diary of Anne Frank one night, when I could actually FEEL him onstage with me. And it just so happened to occur during a scene when I needed to feel the emotion of loss and saddness. The tears welled up inside my eyes so fast, I didn't know what hit me. With acting, the emotion just comes when you need it. It was a strange, yet very therapeutic experience because I was able to let go of some of the grief I still had inside me, and at the same time use it for the scene in the play.

    Thanks so much for stopping by, neighbor. Always so great to see ya!

    Have a super weekend!

    X

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  13. you know Ebersole! I adore her
    she's so strong and has such an amazing presence
    she sang a song on The Daily Show awhile back
    I must have watched the clip a million times

    I imagine you are on your own stage all the time and that brings joy and interest to the people you interact with

    I never acted officially but have always felt I was putting on a really long show
    an epic if you will :)

    Hope sends hugs

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  14. Greetings Levian~

    "but i don't remember them the way it did for you. i supposed i was more focused on me being stage fright than to truly enjoy the moment."

    HA! Funny you mentioned that because I too have tremendous stage fright. Believe it or not, I can perform a show over and over again, yet the feeling of stage fright NEVER leaves me. I remember the first time getting back onstage after being gone for 9 years, and getting ready to go onstage on opening night. I was so scared I wanted to get in my car and drive away and never come back to the theater again. However, after a few minutes of being onstage....something ALWAYS kicks in and I begin to relax and enjoy myself.

    I don't think I will ever NOT have stage fright. And I can never understand how some actors will say they've never experienced it!?!?

    Always such a delight to see you, Levian. Much thanks for stopping by!

    Have a wonderful weekend!

    X

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  15. Hey there Barbara~

    "I believe that Ronnie will one day be back, either on stage or helping a production.
    It is a part of your life!"

    Me too, Barb. Even if it's simply community theater.

    Once an actor....always an actor - HA!

    It's so great to see you back blogging again, my friend! Can't wait to read you most recent post!

    Have a glorious weekend! Thank you for stopping by.

    xox

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  16. Bonjour Susu~

    "I feel similarly about dance. The love is there. Will I go back... do not know. Hopefully. More mature, for sure. More of life experience brings the same kind of depth into your dancing too."

    *clapping*

    Yes, my friend....I know that YOU being a dancer know EXACTLY what I'm talking about when it comes to performing live in the theater. And just like with acting, more life experience brings the same kind of depth into your dancing too!

    To me, dancing is the most disciplined of all the performing arts. It involves not only the body, but also your whole spirit to express the emotion through the movements.

    I APPLAUDE dancers!

    Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing on this post, beautiful lady! Always enjoyed!

    Have a great weekend!

    Ciao....X

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  17. Good Morning Bijoux~

    "... it was neat to see her bloom onstage in a few local productions. She has a stutter and it magically would disappear onstage, much like it does when she sings. Isn't that interesting?"

    OMG, how WONDERFUL!!!!!!! And I think it's great that you allowed her to cultivate her creative ability. I bet you just GLOWED watching her onstage!!!!!

    Yes, I've often heard that, especially when it comes to singing. And isn't it funny how if a singer has an accent, you can't hear it when they sing?!?

    "I've always thought it must be a fascinating life to be an actor, but also a very difficult one. Taking a break seems like a healthy thing to do.'

    Yup, it is a fascinating, but also difficult life. Yet, if you ask any actor if it's worth it, they will most likely say, "Shit, yeah!"- HA!

    For me, I seem to need breaks between my acting stints. I enjoy doing so many things in my life, that I need time to focus on each one periodically. And each one seems to add layers of experiences to my acting.

    Thank you so much for stopping by today, Bijoux! I always enjoy reading your comments.

    Have a wonderful weekend!

    X

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  18. Gooooood Morning Valerie~

    "'Once an actor, always an actor'

    And it shows, Ron. I can hear it when I read your words."

    It's funny, because after he and I had this conversation at work, I knew I wanted to blog about it and express my feelings about acting.

    "I've heard that actors use life experience in their roles, I guess that's why 'older' performers do so well. They have character."

    Yes, that's exactly right. I started acting when I was in high school and then went to NYC when I was only 17 years old. It took me YEARS to develope as a person to bring the things I had experienced (as I matured) to the stage. The richness of having lived life, added a depth to my performances.

    "If and when you do go back to the theatre I'll start a fan club so don't even think you can get away from blogland that easy."

    Awww....you're a sweetheart. No, even if/when I do go back into the theater....I will still be blogging from my dressing room - HA!

    Thanks a bunch for stopping by, dear lady! Always so fun to read your comments!

    Happy weekend!

    X

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  19. Good Morning Akelamalu~

    "Ah, 'the smell of the greasepaint and the roar of the crowd' - will call you back."

    AH....you said it, dear lady!

    And I know that you too have experienced the smell of the greasepaint and the roar of the crowd. Isn't it AMAZING?

    Much thanks for stopping by, m'dear! Always GRAND to see you!

    Have a wonderful weekend!

    X

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  20. Good Morning SuziCate~

    "I can sense that acting is very much a part of your core make-up.'

    Yes, it is. But like with so many of us 'creative-type' people (such as yourself), we often enjoy trying and doing so many creative things in our lives, that sometimes we need to take the time to focus on one at a time. I know that one day I will get myself involved with the theater again. Because as you shared, "It's a part of my core make-up." It's the basis from which all my creativity flows.

    Much thanks for stopping by, dear lady! Always enjoyed!

    Have a lovely weekend, Suzi!

    X

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  21. Good Morning Peg~

    "I bet you were a kick ass actor because you are such a character in real life!"

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHA! How funny, because that's what my mother calls me....a character!

    "I always loved being involved in the drama club but on the make up and costume end because I really do hate being the center of attention and when you are actor that is exactly what you are!"

    OMG...I too use to be on the costume and make up end of the theater. It's sooooo much fun! And it's important as an actor to know ALL ends of the theater.

    "Someday you and I need to take a trip to NY together and take in some Broadway shows....when we're both rich!"

    Okay....that's a deal! And we don't need to be rich because we can take the MEGA BUS to NYC and get discount tickets - HA!

    Always a joy to read your comments, dear friend! Thank you so much for stopping by!

    Have a GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRREAT weekend!

    X

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  22. Goooooood Morning TJ~

    Thank you, sweet lady.

    "I couldn't do it because I wouldn't want to unearth some of the ugliness of my life just so I could pull off a 'performance'. To me it would be emotionally and physically taxing, I couldn't do it."

    Oddly enough, when you express your own personal emotions from your life experiences onstage through your character, it's so therapeutic. It's like using the character to CLEANSE yourself. It's such a bazaar, yet euphoric experience. You become part of the character, and the character becomes part of you.

    Always such a delight to see that you've commented, dear lady! You always bring a big smile to my heart. Thank you!

    Have a beautiful weekend!

    Blessings.....X

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  23. Good Morning Mr. Dave~

    *thunderous applause*

    Bra-vo!

    "Life is the story we portray as we go day to day. We are the actors in our own existence....."

    "Then when you can use the expeience of life to help you go into another individual and perhaps verify that you have some of the same qualities of the person or thing you are showing yourself as then your circle becomes complete and you know that we are all in this play of life together and in fact we are one."

    I couldn't have expressed it ANY better than you just did, Dave! That's it EXACTLY!

    The play of life. All the worlds a stage. And WE are the actors.

    Much thanks for stopping by and sharing your soul on this post, my friend! You ROCK!

    Have a FAB weekend!

    X

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  24. Good Morning Lady Dianne!

    Brava!!!!!

    Holy shit....I cannot believe you know of Ebersole!!!!!!!!

    *yet, how could I ever be surprised, being the fabulous New Yorker you are*

    Everytime I mention her to people they say, "Who the hell is that??!?!"

    Isn't she AMAZING????? She can act, sing, dance....she can do it all. And WELL!

    She's been in many films, but I don't people recognize her because she's not Hollywood famous.

    I remember seeing her in our school plays in NYC and thinking to myself, "This woman is already a stage star!" She married the guy she was dating in school (Peter Bergman), got divorced, and then remarried him again. They made the most handsome couple!

    "I imagine you are on your own stage all the time and that brings joy and interest to the people you interact with."

    HA! If you asked the people I work with, they would tell you..."RON IS CRAZY!!!!!!!!!!"

    "I never acted officially but have always felt I was putting on a really long show
    an epic if you will"

    Bwhahahahahahhahhahaha! To me, dear lady....you ARE a star!

    Much thanks for stopping by. I'm still smiling from ear to ear knowing that you know who Ebersole is!!!!! THANK YOU!

    Sending both you and Hope a BIG hug....

    ((((( You + Hope ))))))

    x ya's!

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  25. Grey Gardens was UNBELIEVABLE! I didn't see the play, but I did see the HBO movie. And I was blown away. Completely captivating!

    My Uncle Rick is a lot like you. He did a lot of acting when he was younger, but then he knew it was time for a break. One day, about 7 years ago, he felt it was his time to return to the stage, and he's been acting again ever since.

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  26. Hey Meleah~

    "I didn't see the play, but I did see the HBO movie. And I was blown away. Completely captivating!"

    Wasn't it freakin' faaaaaaabulous? I actually saw the B&W documentary before I saw the HBO movie, but in many ways I enjoyed the HBO movie more. Drew and Jessica were AMAZING in it!

    WOW...I didn't know you had an uncle who also did theater?!!? See!...we ARE twins - HA!

    The stage....there's nothing like it!

    Thanks so much for stopping by, girl! Always FAB to see you!

    Have a great weekend!

    X

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  27. I wasn't quite sure I knew who Christine Ebersole was so of course I googled her and watched the performance of 'Around the World' and a couple other things... OMG, fabulous! And that she was in Amadeus and Will and Grace, I did see those, so I must have seen her too.
    And she was married to Peter Bergman, well I certainly know who he is as I watch Y&R sometimes.
    Saw the GG movie with Jessica and Drew... terrific. But I also have the original one too, quite an interesting couple they were.

    YES, I absolutely think you will get back into the field in some capacity. Have you ever looked into joining a community theater type group? There must be a few of them in Philly. Or maybe just volunteering to do make up for a local show? I'm sure you'll get involved again when the time/opportunity is right! Until then, just keep entertaining us all right here at Vent. :)
    Have a happy weekend. Glorious weather today!
    xo

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  28. Hey Crystal Chick~

    "And that she was in Amadeus and Will and Grace, I did see those, so I must have seen her too.
    And she was married to Peter Bergman, well I certainly know who he is as I watch Y&R sometimes."

    Yes! Yes! The first movie I ever saw her in was Amadeus as the diva oper singer - she was great! And yes of course, Will and Grace. She's done quite a bit of acting on TV and the movies, but I think because she's not a MEGA star, people don't know who she is.

    She was dating Peter Bergman in school and OMG....they made the most handsome couple. They married, divorced, and then remarried again, and then divorced again.

    Yes, I've also seen the documentary of Grey Gardens and love it. Yet, the HBO movie seemed to fill in the blanks that the documentary left me wondering. Didn't Drew and Jessica do an amazing job? You would SWEAR they WERE those two people.

    "Have you ever looked into joining a community theater type group? There must be a few of them in Philly. Or maybe just volunteering to do make up for a local show?"

    Yes, I've tried that. However, Philly is very 'clicky' and makes it very difficult to get involved in theater. I actually worked more in NYC and Florida. I'm thinking of perhaps looking into the community theater in Chestnut Hill. It's not very far from me (by train) and the theater is so charming.

    Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing on this post, M! Always so enjoyed and appreciated!

    Happy weekend! Yes, glorious weather today!!

    XO

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  29. maybe it's just me, but I get a sense, reading this, that there is a slight tremble in your internal voice. excitement perhaps. I don't know. I also get a sense that you have a deep sense of peace and personal fulfilment where you are now in your life. I do hope that the path of your life will take you along the adventurous bypass route, via the theatrical arts, once again. Wouldn't that be just divine? xoxo and have a truly fabulous weekend Ronnie :)

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  30. You are so right about having to let go. I could never be an actor. I am far too self conscious for that. In another life I would have been a director. Having done it in a small way, I just know that I would have made a good career there. I think I may also have made a reasonable comedienne - one of a double act. I love to make people laugh :)

    I will be so excited for you, if you go back into theatre - It wants me to spell that the US way, but I refuse to ;)

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  31. Hello Diane~

    "maybe it's just me, but I get a sense, reading this, that there is a slight tremble in your internal voice. excitement perhaps. I don't know."

    Amazingly perceptive, my friend!

    As I was writing this, I DID have a tremble in my internal voice, absolutely! In fact, I got very teary-eyed whilst putting this post into words. It was partially the excitement I feel whenever I talk about the theater, and partially because the process of acting touches my soul so deeply. It's truly a spiritual experience.

    And yes, I do have sense of peace and fulfilment as to where I am in my life right now. My life seems to naturally flow where it needs to be. And right now....it's here. Now.

    "I do hope that the path of your life will take you along the adventurous bypass route, via the theatrical arts, once again. Wouldn't that be just divine?"

    Yes it would. I'll just wait until I hear the 'voice'.....and then I'll follow.

    Thank you so much for stopping by and sharing your thougts and feelings on this post, Diane!

    You're a sweetheart!

    Wishing you and Cristybella a faaaaaabulous weekend!

    xoxox

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  32. Helloooooooo Babs~

    "In another life I would have been a director. Having done it in a small way, I just know that I would have made a good career there."

    You GO, Babs!!!! I think that's faaaaaabulous! It takes a 'certain eye' to be a director. Often, people have asked me if I ever wanted to direct. And I have to say, I much prefer being the actor and BEING directed. I honestly don't think I have the talent to direct someone else.

    "I think I may also have made a reasonable comedienne - one of a double act. I love to make people laugh :)"

    And yes you would, my friend! And your blog posts prove it! VERY funny!

    "I will be so excited for you, if you go back into theatre - It wants me to spell that the US way, but I refuse to ;)"

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHA! OMG, you are hysterical! And you're absolutely right....the traditional and proper way to spell theater is theatre!

    Much thanks for stopping by, Babs! Always a joy!

    Happy weekend!

    X

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  33. OMG, I loved loved loved the movie with Jessica Lange and Drew Barrymore. It was fabulous. And such a fascinating story. You saw the actual documentary didn't you?

    I would have loved to have seen it on stage! Maybe I will one day and YOU'LL be in it!

    Have a great weekend, Ron!
    xoxo

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  34. Hiya Chrissy~

    OMG....wasn't the HBO movie faaaaaaaaabulous??? Yes, I did see the documentary, however I looooooooved the HBO movie because it got much more indepth about their lives.

    Drew and Jessica did an AMAZAING job replicating those two women! You actually couldn't tell the difference between the actors and the REAL people.

    "I would have loved to have seen it on stage! Maybe I will one day and YOU'LL be in it!"

    Yeah, I'd make a great Little Edie!

    HAHAHAAHAHAHA!

    Thanks so much for stopping by, girl! Wishing you, Bern, and Vinny a GREAT weekend!

    Hope you're cough is better!

    ((((( Chrissy )))))

    X

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  35. It sounds like it is calling you already. I want to place a bet that because you are calling it into the universe, it will come to you sooner than you think. And stage fright or not, you will knock em dead Ron!

    Have a great weekend!
    Katherine

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  36. Hello Katherine~

    "It sounds like it is calling you already. I want to place a bet that because you are calling it into the universe, it will come to you sooner than you think."

    You may be right, my friend! And if it does, then I'll do it.

    Thank you so much for stopping by and for your sweet and encouraging words.

    I'll get you front row comp seats for my first performance, okay? HA!

    Have a wonderful weekend!

    X

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  37. "You can only be as true to a character emotionally, to the degree in which you yourself have lived.

    To truthfully convey an emotion, you must be familiar with that emotion.

    Therefore, the more you experience life.....the more you bring to acting."

    I agree with everything you've said here...but help me understand a guy like Robert DeNiro. 1973: Mean Streets. 1976: Taxi Driver. 1980: Raging Bull. 2011: Little Fockers.

    Maybe he aged in reverse?

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  38. Howdy Mark~

    "but help me understand a guy like Robert DeNiro. 1973: Mean Streets. 1976: Taxi Driver. 1980: Raging Bull. 2011: Little Fockers.

    Maybe he aged in reverse?"

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHHA! That's a GREAT observation, Mark! And I LOVE your answer....maybe he aged in reverse! True, he seems to have "lighten up" in his roles. Perhaps he's tapping into where he's at in his life....humor.

    And speaking of DeNiro....faaaaaaaabulous actor! He's one of my favorites. Did you ever see him in the movie, Flawless? He was freakin' brilliant!

    Thanks for stopping by, bud! Always great to see ya.

    Hope you're having a supa' weekend!

    X

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  39. Ron, Ron, Ron.... how could you possibly post about being an actor and not answer the famous questions? I'll be waiting to read an entire post on your responses to James Lipton. I know you know these, but for the sake of a comprehensive comment...

    1. What is your favorite word?
    2. What is your least favorite word?
    3. What turns you on?
    4. What turns you off?
    5. What sound do you love?
    6. What sound do you hate?
    7. What is your favorite curse word?
    8. What profession other than yours would you like to attempt?
    9. What profession would you not like to do?
    10. If heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the pearly gates?

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  40. Hey Tracy~

    OMG, I'm sorry to say I had no idea what you were referring to when you shared about the 'famous questions' of James Lipton.

    Shame on me!

    I had to go to wikipedia to find it out.

    NOW, I know!

    1. What is your favorite word? - Faaaabulous.

    2. What is your least favorite word? Pus.

    3. What turns you on? Humor.

    4. What turns you off? No sense of humor.

    5. What sound do you love? Rain.

    6. What sound do you hate? Whistling.

    7. What is your favorite curse word? Fuck.

    8. What profession other than yours would you like to attempt? Talk Show Host.

    9. What profession would you not like to do? Proctologist.

    10. If heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the pearly gates? Hi, buddy!

    Thank you SO MUCH for sharing this in your comment, Tracy! This was FUN! And I may post these questions in the future.

    Hope you're having a faaaaaabulous weekend!

    X

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  41. "Yes, I believe I will. In some capacity. And just like when I knew it was time to take a break, I will feel in my heart when the time is right for me to return."

    Great news, Ron!

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  42. Hey Rob~

    One day.

    Thanks for stopping by, buddy! Always great to see ya!

    Hope you're enjoying a FAB weekend! Hasn't the weather been GREAT here in the northeast?

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  43. It must be a real thrill, especially when you get to be a 'name' and not just someone's son or daughter.

    Count me in amongst those who've done school plays and amateur dramatics (I met my husband on a week-long residential art and drama course - I was doing drama, he was doing art) and sometimes I do miss it.

    What I don't miss is the waiting around in draughty, cold rehearsal rooms, which always seemed to be dusty (I'm allergic to dust) and learning to deal with hunger, thirst and very late returns to my home. I think I've become too lazy and sybaritic for that!

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  44. Good Morning Jay~

    "Count me in amongst those who've done school plays and amateur dramatics (I met my husband on a week-long residential art and drama course - I was doing drama, he was doing art) and sometimes I do miss it."

    So you're a fellow Thespian too? Yaaaaaaaaaay!

    "What I don't miss is the waiting around in draughty, cold rehearsal rooms, which always seemed to be dusty (I'm allergic to dust) and learning to deal with hunger, thirst and very late returns to my home. I think I've become too lazy and sybaritic for that!"

    So true! I remember times when I waited to be seen for an audition for THREE or FOUR hours, only to be told....you're not what we're looking for.

    Always great to see ya, Jay! Much thanks for stopping by.

    Hope you're having a great weekend!

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  45. Hi Buddy! I am not God...sorry. Thank goodness for Wikipedia! Try watching Inside the Actor's Studio sometime - it's a pretty good show, for Bravo TV.

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  46. As always, wonderful and heartfelt post. I suppose it might be a bit like how I feel about dressage and riding. Every time we go into the ring it's a performance. With riding it's nit so much about keeping your emotions contained but properly directed. Particularly with mares you have to be entirely present and in the moment at all tines. They demand it. Without total attention and devotion while you're working, at least with my young mare, she shows her frustration and takes it out on you. I guess all us women are the same.

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  47. Ah, the tug of that thing which speaks to your heart. When you give all and lay bare your soul for the applause of audience. I can totally understand where you're coming from. I think we all have something in us that needs to be cared for, fed and nurtured for us to feel completely alive. I don't I can put it in words as well as you did here, Ron. Fantastic post!!

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  48. Hi again Tracy~

    "Hi Buddy! I am not God...sorry. Thank goodness for Wikipedia!"

    HAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHA! Too funny!!!!

    Thanks SO MUCH for letting me know about Inside the Actor's Studio. I LOVE Bravo TV!

    Hope you had a super Sunday, Tracy! Thanks for stopping back.

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  49. Hellooooooooo Jen~

    "I suppose it might be a bit like how I feel about dressage and riding. Every time we go into the ring it's a performance."

    Yes, I can definitely see that.

    "Every time we go into the ring it's a performance. With riding it's not so much about keeping your emotions contained but properly directed....."

    You explained it perfectly. And it's the same way with acting...properly directed emotion.

    "You have to be entirely present and in the moment at all times."

    Same with acting. It really teaches you to live in the moment.

    Thanks so much for stopping by, my friend. And thank you for sharing your similar experience. I would LOVE to see you ride one day! That would be so cool!

    Hope you had a fabulous weekend!

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  50. Howdy Herman~

    "I think we all have something in us that needs to be cared for, fed and nurtured for us to feel completely alive."

    You said it perfectly! It's like with any passion - music, art, acting, dancing, etc. Anything we feel deep in our soul that makes us feel completely alive!

    Thanks so much for stopping by, buddy! Always FAB to see ya!

    Hope you and the family had an awesome weekend!

    X to you, Karin, and Tyler!

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