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January 10, 2008


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Hey, I'm always up for free stuff.

Rob Kozlowski

I've dropped the ball when it comes to the whole "importing actors" discussion, my apologies. I haven't quite figured out what to say about it. I can certainly understand the Goodman and Chicago Shakes casting "name" actors in shows to increase ticket sales, but non-"name" New York actors? That I just don't get. It's a peculiar choice. I mean, sure, if you import "I Am My Own Wife" and "The Trip to Bountiful" you'll import their actors too, but...I don't know. I can't think of a good reason. Unless it's someone the director knows already and trusts, I guess.

Kerry Reid

On the other hand, having seen Falls' production of "Shining City" in New York, I'm slightly -- but only slightly -- sad that no one in that cast (particularly Oliver Platt) is going to be in the Goodman production.

But yeah, importing actors without a name makes no sense to me. Case in point: I don't remember who played Nora in that Rebecca Gilman update of "Doll House," but she wasn't any better than a lot of locally based actors.


Trust me, I've not let that post slide - I'm in the same place as Rob. I don't understand why no-name actors seemingly trump local heroes. I've actually resolved to try and get some insight from some folks. I'm hoping my below the radar status as a nobody actor will garner me some candor. We'll see ...

Rob Kozlowski

Kerry, I don't remember the name of the actress who played Nora in Dollhouse either, but I've always just called her "She Who Makes Rob Leave the Theater During Intermission."

Mark Jeffries

That actress just happens to do a great job as Rachel on "Mad Men." She's Maggie Siff. (And if you had stayed, Rob, you would've loved her "Flashdance" bit.)

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