The thirty-fourth episode of Three on the Aisle, the twice-monthly podcast in which Peter Marks, Elisabeth Vincentelli, and I talk about theater in America, is now available on line for listening or downloading.
Here’s an excerpt from American Theatre’s “official” summary of the proceedings:
As mentioned above, I had to skip this episode, and the circumstances that led to my absence were—shall we say—exciting. I was with Mrs. T, who was being treated for sepsis at UConn Health Center. The plan was for me to uplink via Skype from the hospital in Connecticut to the studio in New York, but just as the soundcheck was finished and the red light went on, a nurse interrupted the taping to inform me that I was needed on the double to hold Mrs. T’s hand as she underwent a painful surgical procedure. (She wasn’t kidding, either—you can still see the scars from her nails on my left hand!) Unfortunately, David couldn’t wait—he was on break from a rehearsal across town—so the taping had to start without me, and by the time the doctors were finished with Mrs. T, the episode was in the can. I’ll be back next time, though. To listen to or download this episode, read more about it, or subscribe to Three on the Aisle, go here.
In this episode, Terry is out but Elisabeth and Peter are not alone: They are joined by Tony-winning director (and sometime actor) David Cromer. They chat with him about working alongside Elaine May in The Waverly Gallery, how he straddles the director-performer divide, and the concepts that informed some of his most famous productions, from Our Town to The Band’s Visit.
The critics also talk about the best performances they’ve seen lately…
In case you’ve missed any previous episodes, you’ll find them all here.
(We are, by the way, aware that the audio on this episode is somewhat below par. Our apologies for the technical problems—the board, like Mrs. T, blew a last-minute gasket. We promise to get it fixed before the next episode is taped!)