I have been to other acting schools in NYC for about five years. The Barrow Group is really different, as cliche as that sounds. At other places I was expected to get into the character's psyche, history, environment, plot, playwright's purpose, and relationships - however, in all this, I sometimes felt the acting was more academic and indicative more than personal and 'from the gut'. One of their motto's should be "it's simple stupid" - and not simple in the sense that acting's easy - no, but more in the sense that we don't have to color ourselves with so many intellectual concepts to breathe our characters into life... we simply have to breathe our-selves (Eric Morris reference). I believe TBG is a great place to take your acting to the next level, especially if you have previous acting training in voice, movement, technique (Stanislavsky, Adler, Meisner, Strasberg, Hagen, et al). I felt the technique I had learned before had become less of a crutch when I approached scenes, and became more subconscious in my acting at TBG. I am looking forward to pursue my career and training in drama here and wholeheartedly recommend people to check it out.
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We went to the show with my birthday party, and it was almost a perfect evening. Doors open about 45 mins before the show starts, so good to get there a bit early. We came early and ordered drinks and food. The West Bank Cafe has been in business over 30 years. And I saw Lewis Black at the bar! Rumored that he's one of the owners. Ok, back to the show....excellent mix of burlesque, humorous performances somewhat in the style of performance art meets burlesque, musicians and risque singers, sword swallower, contortionist lady....all acts performed in a sexy yet humorous style. I liked the originality of the acts. My sister who coordinated the party, loved that all of this could be arranged by the producer of the show, making it all run smoothly.
You're always guaranteed to see a play or musical at Second Stage that is daring, off-beat and engaging. I've seen many of their shows over the last few years. A few have moved to Broadway ("The Little Dog Laughed", "Metamorphoses", "...Spelling Bee"). They tend to focus on presenting great playwrights (as opposed to plays with celebrities in them). I highly recommend a trip there if you're in town (or live here!)