Wednesday, November 26, 2008
DREAMS IN THE WITCH HOUSE -Learning the Lines
Probably the easiest dialogue to memorize was evidenced in Mel Brook's "Silent Movie" when he, ingeniously, got "Bip" -the masterwork clown character of world renowned mime Marcel Marceau- to say aloud- the solitary word in the film, "No".
Everyone else has to study. And that means hours of late nights, and coffee, and tugging at hair, and groaning, and thumping the temples, and pacing and repetition of the words the playwright's provided until they become as if casual conversation between the cast members.