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Rolando Teco
New York City
moody, broody, happy-go-lucky, complex kinda guy
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Something strange happened yesterday at the Quad Cinema on 13th Street. I'd taken Mom to an early-evening screening of the filmed version of Edward Albee's A DELICATE BALANCE. If you haven't seen the film, it's a... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2017 at Extra Criticum
When I was eight or nine I'd been taking piano lessons for a couple of years. One day I arrived at my weekly lesson unprepared and my teacher noted the fact that it seemed as though... Continue reading
Posted Sep 14, 2017 at Extra Criticum
Alvin Epstein, actor and director, has been one of my mentors. Over the 40+ years I've known him he's taught me many lessons. I'd like to briefly describe three of them here. 1. The Sign of... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2017 at Extra Criticum
Keep going, Johnny. The world needs your plays. I just reminded my students who have to finish a full-length by the end of this term, that the worst thing we can do to ourselves is start reviewing our work before we've typed 'END OF PLAY." Of course you know this. And I know this. And yet, how often have we forgotten this? In my case, too many times than I care to recall. Oy.
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Thanks, David. Certainly all the visionaries featured in A LIFE'S WORK, your forthcoming feature doc, understand this intuitively.
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My first summer there Charles Ludlum (of Ridiculous Theatre fame) was there as a guest director; he was directing Die Fledermaus, a lighthearted operetta by Johann Strauss... I remember so viscerally a vague feeling of nausea that washed over me as I witnessed the rumblings of a cast mutiny at one of Ludlum's early blocking rehearsals. Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2017 at Extra Criticum
At the multiplex in Roanoke. Waiting for the feature presentation to begin, an action-packed trailer pops up for a movie called KIDNAP. We see Halle Berry as a mother-warrior fighting what looks to be an army... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2017 at Extra Criticum
At Citarella, where the staff has been carefully schooled to call us to their registers with "May I help the following guest?" I recently heard this shouted at me: "Following!" I love it! At last, we've come full circle! It was "NEXT!" that got us here. With a little luck, it will be "FOLLOWING!" that finally tears it. Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2017 at Extra Criticum
For the past couple days, as I seem more than usually to have awakened to accepting I actually have one, I've been musing on the power and marvelous mix of comfort and strangeness of the activity... Continue reading
Posted Dec 28, 2016 at Extra Criticum
So a cool pal of mine who will not want to be named here (because she is genetically predisposed to modesty and discretion) managed to snag me a "plus one" invite to today's memorial for the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2016 at Extra Criticum
Yes, well... no comment? ;)
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And I hope one day we'll remount that play. :)
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Right? Gives us all something to strive toward.
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Thanks, Dear. That, by the way, is what I treasure most about YOU!
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Thanks, Duane. I was there just one year before you. How odd -- we just missed each other by a year!
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Thanks, David. I guess I'd say in Mr. Albee's case, truth telling was his life's work. ;)
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And when I do occasionally write in truth, I have you to thank for it. :)
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And just like that I was grateful to him again. I find it difficult to think of another human being so fundamentally unwilling to sugar coat the truth. By his actions and through his presence, he served me as a kind of moral compass, a reminder to keep my sights trained on what is real, what is good, in a world increasingly dictated by the whims of PR. Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2016 at Extra Criticum
In the past week I happened to see two musicals built in similar ways -- HADESTOWN at NYTW and THE TOTAL BENT at The Public. One really grabbed me, whipped me around, shook me up and... Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2016 at Extra Criticum
Back when I was an undergraduate, approximately a million years ago, I visited my friend Miles in Boston. We had shared a house together in England the year before and were currently finishing up college, he... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2016 at Extra Criticum
The other night, my pal Ro treated me and two of our friends to see the wonderfully talented Carol Lipnik at Joe's Pub. I'm not saying anything out of turn when I say that Ro is... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2016 at Extra Criticum
You might remember that back at the end of May I gave up my commercial TV business with Time Warner. I had had it with poor customer service coupled with jacked up prices - my last... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2016 at Extra Criticum
And you know, having lazy time is such an important factor in producing new shit. Most people just don't get that. So this is great. Thanks, Johnny, for reminding us... and by extension, our loved ones. :)
Toggle Commented Feb 1, 2016 on Starving Myself To Live at Extra Criticum
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If you’re like me (God help you) you feel like you need to earn your spot on earth through work. This has an upside – you’re very disciplined, you get a lot done. It also has... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2016 at Extra Criticum
My pal John Yearley has a show up. You should go see it. You only have three more days to do so. The Unrepeatable Moment is the latest offering from The Barrow Group, known for their... Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2015 at Extra Criticum