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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A THEATER IN THE HOOD WITHOUT THE HOOD For some reason it still seems like MJ Movie Theater is still one of Harlem's best kept secrets. Here's why: -Save a few bucks: Matinee prices everyday--unheard of in Manhattan -During the Summer they show free kids movies(like rugrats,etc) during the week -The theater is attractive & spacious! I enjoy looking at the photos of black actors that fill the walls. -The staff is polite& bathrooms always clean -Most importantly, the movie goers come to enjoy the movie, IT'S JUST A GREAT SPOT!: it's a great first date place, girls hang-out spot, a great kids spot: teen or children's spot or my personal fav :a great getaway spot with a latte & bottle of water-- and if the movie is good all the better !
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.