November 2008

Behind the curtain


V. Paul Virtucio. Stuart Pimsler Dance and Theater's Rooms of Disquiet at Tofte Lake Center.

Dancers, directors, improvisers, actors, even costume designers around Minnesota prepare for rehearsal hoping to be surprised. In this issue, peek behind the curtain at this strange, private thing they do that even they don’t always understand.




When expectations become rules, theater folk start to look pretty stupid. Joe Scrimshaw asks you to stop sighing disapprovingly.

Basic instinct


Dances develop over two years or more. Karen Sherman shows us the delicate process that created her most recent show, copperhead.

The standard rehearsal

Process | Tradition

After thousands of years of performance, most rehearsals share a surprising amount of consistency. Why? Is this good or bad? (Part 1 of 3.)

Rehearsal in progress


Killer Joe, The Caretaker, Twelfth Night, Sindibad, and The Horse, the Bird, the Monkey, and the Dancer.

Space for rent


Specs and contact information for twenty good rehearsal spaces.

The conventional unconventional

Process | Vision

If everyone's input is equally valuable, how many alternative theater artists does it take to screw in a light bulb?


Process | Production

Rehearsal is a place to experiment and fail—even for experienced costume designers. So, yes, you need to wear that plastic bag today.

Inside outside

Greater Minnesota | Process

Inside the process exactly as it happened of reworking Rooms of Disquiet at the Tofte Lake Center.

Inside outside (the photos)

Greater Minnesota | Process

Photos from the rehearsal process.

Dumb as planned


The question is “How do you rehearse improv?” The answer: Bananas. Seriously. Improvisers make it art to not know what they’re doing.

A rehearsal proposal

Process | Vision

Specialization bad. Company good. An argument for a return to a kind of ensemble theater, regardless of the type of work you like to do.

Eleven tips for rehearsal


Directing on a shoestring budget often requires greater organizational skills than seems fair. Here are eleven ways to handle it.

I ♥ difficult actors


Have you met Anita Coddle or Ivanna Feelit? Though they may seem difficult, they keep theater lively.

Los Angeles, take six

Process | Vision

People don’t rehearse only for art. They rehearse for a night out.

In defense of theater


There's no good reason, but if you want to spell it R-E, go right ahead.

Letters to the editor: November 2008

We encourage thoughtful comments, ideas, disagreements, and criticism. Write us. Here are some of the messages we’ve been sent so far.

Another actor prepares


TBT: A comprehensive, sequential warm-up from breath to yoga to centering—um, does anyone else feel a little numb right now?