Episode 340. Directing A Comedy

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William_Brown-5317We share thoughts about comedy with director William Brown, who talks about his Writers’ Theatre production of David Ives’ The Liar which is earning rave reviews this month in Chicago. Featuring the joys of being at the epicenter of the action, the advantages of actor investment, the truth about technique, the differences between Moliere and Corneille, jokey distinctions between actors from different cities, the tricks of casting, a special appearance by Olivier Award-winner Tim Minchin, an appreciation of the American Conservatory Theatre training program, excerpts from the BBC World Service production of the Reduced Shakespeare Radio Show, and the most underrated aspect of Chicago’s theatrical history. (UPDATE: Bill won the 2013 Joseph Jefferson Award for outstanding direction of a play for this work on The Liar.) (Length 20:00)


austin · July 4, 2013 at 7:22 am

Thanks, James. Hope to see you at another live show one of these days!

James Lewis · July 2, 2013 at 9:52 am

I was fortunate enough to have seen both the DVD and a live performance in Aberystwyth University while on holiday in the UK from America in mid-June. Bravo! The DVD kept me laughing, and the live performance was even better yet. I highly recommend the company. If at all possible, I recommend to people that they try to catch a live performance.

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