Dan Radcliffe a “Breakout” in “Equus,” More Reviews of Opening Night Performance

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Sep 27, 2008

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Last night, actors Dan Radcliffe (Harry Potter) and Richard Griffiths (Uncle Vernon) opened the revival production of the play “Equus” at the Broadhurst Theatre on Broadway. More reviews are now online of that opening night performance in New York City. MTV has an article online which further reviews the play and goes into some more detail about Mr. Radcliffe’s performance. They note:

Demonstrating a range beyond his years during his opening night Thursday, the celeb-filled audience called it his “breakout.”

Two videos accompany the article, and show red carpet interviews with the cast of “Equus,” along with a number of actors who were also in attendance. The full report and videos can be viewed via this link.

The article continues with Mr. Radcliffe speaking about what he sees as the differences between the American audience who saw the play last night, and the audiences who saw his performances in London’s West End last year. Mr. Radcliffe says: “The audience in the U.S. has so far been incredible. There’s a couple of laughs we don’t get in England only because the Americans get it so much.”

Additionally, Mr. Radcliffe, who notes that the live theater makes him feel “buzzed from the adrenaline,” was aware, too, of the thrills of live theater, including a minor ‘slip-up.’ He says:

“During the ride the microphone inside of Lorenzo’s horse head actually came loose and started hitting him in the head, which was quite funny. And at one point, the clips which I clamp him in with didn’t go in right and subsequently would not come out, so I had to leave him onstage in a blackout while the technicians actually got him off at the intermission. So most of the mistake moments involved Lorenzo, but he’s cool.”

“Equus” co-star Anna Camp, also speaks of the performance given by Mr. Radcliffe. Quoteage:

“He carries the show, and he’s Harry Potter, so everybody’s so focused on him and waiting for him to take his clothes off. But it’s really about my character being the one in control and guiding him through the entire thing. It’s so important to the story that we do take our clothes off, because it’s about confronting him with complete sexuality, and that’s how the last event of the play can occur, only if he’s truly, truly confronted.”

This sentiment was echoed by a number of the audience members, including actor Haley Joel Osment (“The Sixth Sense), who said: “The material is what’s crucial here. And it’s a choice many actors have to make. ‘Is it what I need to do? Is it necessary for this character?’ And in this case, it was. I think he gave a wonderful performance, and I’m sure he’s going to gain the respect of a lot of people with it.”

The videos shown as part of this article are slated to be broadcast on MTV2 this Sunday, September 28th, at 12:30pm. Additional airings are also scheduled on MTVu throughout the weekend as well.

The Times also has a review of the play online, in which they describe Mr. Radcliffe as “a strong, confident and convincing stage actor.” The full review, which goes into greater detail about how the 1973 Peter Shaffer play holds up, can be found right here.

Finally, a number of images are now online from the opening night performance. MSN UK has this photo of Dan Radcliffe and Richard Griffiths during the curtain call.

More images are also online via FilmMagic,

Rex Features, as well as the AP and Reuters here.




54 Responses to Dan Radcliffe a “Breakout” in “Equus,” More Reviews of Opening Night Performance

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good for you dan, something new please.

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I see the show next weekend and I’m so excited. Its great to see him get to do something that’s such a departure from Harry Potter and I’m happy that he’s getting such wonderful reviews! On various theatre message boards there have been murmurings of a possible TONY nomination, which would be wonderful for him!

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Woohoo! The rave reviews are coming left, right, and center. I cannot be more proud of Dan now. He really conquered Broadway and those rigid critics. Now, on to a Tony nomination…

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Am I really the first?!

It’s wonderful to see Dan Radcliffe acknowledged as a fine actor. As much as I love Harry Potter, I think Dan is destined for greater things. And he’s gorgeous too!

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OK, so I’m not the first to comment. It’s really not important. But Dan is.

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This is great! Considering that this young man, for the majority of the last 10 years, has been ‘Harry Potter: Boy Wizard’. This is a “breakout” review! I am really glad to see that he has, successfully, proven he will not be “typecast”. That is a very hard thing to do, in this field. I can’t wait to see him, myself, but I’m afraid I’ll have to. I’ll not be in New York, in the near future, so I will probably miss this particular show. There will be more, I know it! Congratulations, Dan, on a job well done. I wish you well, in your career. I am sure it is going to be a long one.

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I saw the play Sept. 20, and the matinee crowd leapt to its feet as soon as Dan and Richard walked on for the curtain call. I thought it was a thrilling version of the play, especially highlighted by the simple setting and dramatic lighting. I did think that Anna was the weakest of the crew, but that’s just my opinion. It was quite odd having people sitting in a balcony overhanging the stage and behind the action; they must have gotten quite a unique vantage point of the dramatic breakthrough scenes at the end when Dan is naked and six “horses” are tearing around the stage. Like I said, very powerful. I thought Richard in particular was truly amazing in his role—he was on stage the entire time, essentially, and the show is 2 1/2 hours long! And, yes, as the Washington Post noted in its review today, it was weird seeing Dan smoking up there, oddly almost more so than his nudity! Kudos, Dan and Richard, for exposing (no pun intended) us to a new side of you both!

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I do believe that the NEw YOrk critics gave Dan more rave reviews than the London critics. Well, Dan did correct what was weak in his London performance – voice projection. His voice was very powerful this time around according to those who have seen the play. It’s a very good feeling that Dan has transcended also the weak parts of the play itself. A few critics panned the play but were still admiring of Dan’s performance. Here’s hoping also for a Tony next year.

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I just got back from the play, and he totally blew me away. He was very believable as the disturbed Alan Strang. I think this is one of his greatest acting moments. As much as I’ve loved him as Harry, I think this proves to audiences that he is much more than the boy wizard. I really think he out did himself. I really hope he does more plays in the future.

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Dan proved to everyone that he is a amazing actor, and It’s really remarkable that he has already the intensity and the talent to pull off such a difficult part as Alan Strang.

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I am so proud of Dan! Unfortunately I will not be able to see the performance, but I am so happy to hear all of the good reviews he and the play is getting here in the US. This just goes to show he isnt just Harry Potter, but a truly talented actor. I can’t wait to see what he goes on to do after Potter!

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I’m very proud of Daniel, I hope I don’t sound condescending, I mean we all have seen him growing up since the first HP movie, and how hard he has always worked and to read all the rave reviews is very exciting. A lot of people are eating their words right now. ;)

It’s not only good for Dan, is very good for the HP franchise because a lot of people prejudge it and still think these are only child books and movies. Seeing Dan playing so well such a complex role I’m sure they’ll become interested in watching the movies and all his future proyects. Broadway had never seen a more crowded stage door ever!

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I’m very excited about seeing the show next month.

CONGRATULATIONS Dan!

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Like Kristin, I also saw the play on the matinee performance on the 20th and was blown away by it. I did a one-day round trip NYC bus trip from Maryland. I was really glad for the chance to see 3 actors that I had seen in movies and TV (Dan, Richard and Kate) in this type of smaller theater setting. And the standing ovation at the end was immediate! I wasn’t sure I’d like the play (because I’m an animal lover and the blinding horses thing was disturbing), but it was all about the Alan’s motivations and I thought it was handled pretty well.

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his suit looks horrible,better naked;)

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I’m going to see next Saturday’s matinee and I can’t wait! I’m so glad Dan and the production are getting such good reviews.

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“Equus” is an extraordinary literary and theatrical piece of work. Dan made an extremely bold move in choosing that particular role as his theatrical debut . As they say “No guts…No Glory” and by all accounds (even from the jaded NY Theatre critics) it was GLORIOUS!

Congratulations Dan!

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The Times review is actually here: http://theater2.nytimes.com/2008/09/26/theater/reviews/26equu.html?scp=1&sq=equus&st=cse

The review you are linking to is TIME.

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Finally got to see it last night and was blown away. Dan and Richard were so completely opposite of their characters in Harry Potter. I didn’t think I was seeing Harry up there, he was always Alan to me and it is a very intense play. When the nudity comes up, its at the end and its such a serious moment, you almost forget he’s bare there on stage. I will def see it again before it ends in Feb. and I urge everyone who can do it, to see it. Its worth every penny.

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I understand that Dan wants to break away from being “just Harry”, but I don’t understand why he has to stoop this low in order to do it. There are other ways on screen and on stage where he can move away from being Harry without taking his clothes off, or smoking, or drinking. Dan is a great and talented actor who doesn’t have to resort to playing mentally disturbed characters in he nude to get attention outside of the world of Harry Potter.

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Wes. I dont think he’s stooping low by removing his clothes and drinking or smoking. It’s not a healthy lifestyle choice but thats whats wrong with his character. He’s disturbed and in need of some serious help! If I were an actor, Id be petrified that Id be type cast. In every interview Dan is refered to as the young wizard. Thats going to follow him around forever. Dan has an old soul, thats what I think, and he’s always seemed mature beyond his years, I think for him to chose such a role is just right for his personality.

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kerri, you shouldn’t even care answering to bashers. That person knows there is nothing wrong with playing very complex characters, he/she just wants to find something to criticize because they can not stand how Dan is having huge success with his Broadway debut. There is not even drinking in the play, bashers have a big imagination.

Alan Rickman, Gary Oldman, Ian McKellen, James McAvoy, Nicole Kidman, Kate Winslet, Natalie Portman, Keira knightley… all these actors have been nude on stage and / or movies. Is someone really so stupid to think they are not great actors or they have stoop low because of that? It’s part of the characters they play, just like walking, speaking… And most actors have had to play roles where they have to smoke, even if they hate it in real life, like Cate Blanchet.

It’s ridiculous to try to change the attention from the important thing here: Dan and Richard are acting in one of the best and more iconic plays written in XX century and both people and critics are loving it, they specially like Daniel’s performance. :)

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All young actors who are fearless, bold, ambitious and want to step through the door of opportunity in being recognised as an actor of substance would kill for a role such as this. It may seem a bit cliche that playing a socially disturbed or disabled person is like an attempt to win an award but there is nothing wrong with that. Dan took this role because it is daring, it is challenging, a role where he can prove to himself as well as others that he can do it. Its a role that grabs attention. He knows it, he even admitted it, including the removing the clothes part. He is not aiming to shock people but to simply master the craft which he so clearly enjoys and is relishing the fact that there is so much more to learn in a long career ahead of him.

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I have tickets for October 18th and can’t wait. I’m going to New York for the week specifically to go shopping and see Dan and Richard in Equus, thats it. I already couldn’t wait to see it and I didn’t think I could possibly be more excited, but after all of the great reviews I’m too excited for words. Congrats to Dan! He deserves every one of those good reviews. I feel bad for him that no matter what he is doing or how well he does it whether its My Boy Jack, December Boys, or Equus any story the press does about him always has “wizard” in the headline and calls him the “boy wizard” through the entire article. They also always speak of him as though he is a 7 year old child and he’s not. That has to be annoying for him. Benay, I too was worried whether or not as an animal lover I would be able to handle the whole blinding horses part, but from what you said I feel better about it.

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Bah. I just saw it, and it was quite possibly one of the worst things I’ve ever seen, let alone the wrost B’way show. What a waste of a Saturday afternoon. Oh, and as for the neccessity for nudity – no, people, that’s called a publicity stunt. I frankly can’t fathom how having Dan naked as he prances around the stage blinding “horses” (and while we’re on the topic, the visual effects were an abomination) was necessary to the play. Summary: if anyone actually enjoys watching this play, they need a psychiatrist nearly as much as Alan Strang.

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hpboy, not convinced you’ve seen it! What visual effects are abomination? A bit of dry ice and lighting?

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Hpboy13 you are sooo bitter,please GROW UP,you need it.

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CONGRATULATIONS, DAN. Indeed, you are a fine ACTOR. I just WISH Equus will also be staged here in Toronto or maybe have it release in DVD just like the Phantom of the Opera.

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Oh a DVD release now wouldn’ that be great for all of us who cannot get to see Dan in this wonderful performance :) Not that I think a DVD release will happen… :(

Congrats to Dan it sounds like he is really making his mark as becoming a fine actor of this generation, I just wish I could see the play myself.

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I just saw this today, at the matinée. it was fantastic! Dan was great… he really pulls of this roll, and within minutes of him entering the stage, you totally disassociate him with HP. He is Alan Strang. Well done Dan. Richard is also great. My only complaint is that I occasionally couldnt hear him. Kate Mullgrew was also very good. I wasnt thrilled with the actresses who played Alans mother, or Jill. I didnt think either of them were very good. And what’s up with the actress playing Jill thinking it’s all about her and her guiding him through the whole thing? Sure, her character is the impetus for the violent act, but it’s Richards character that guides him through the whole thing (or did I misunderstand her comment?). I loved the six horses… they were so well done. I was amazed at the “choreography” they used, and they did it all on those 6” hooves.

anyways… long story short, it was a Brilliant show. I’m so glad I went, and I hope maybe we’ll see some Tony-Love next June (are there rules about how long a show runs to be eligible?)

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Congrats Dan! I am waiting until December when I am out of school to see Equus. It is a birthday/X-Mas (since they are so close together) present to myself. I really can’t wait to visit NYC. I have been through New York a bunch of times but I have never visited NYC. I am so happy that the first time I will visit NYC be during the Christmas holiday and I will get to see a famous (and one of my favorite) actors perform live. It will also be my first time watching a play with such a simple set, which I think will probably be the strangest thing for me. I can’t wait because I will also be seeing a few other plays while I am New York since I don’t get to see that many here in this pathetic southern town I live in and the last time I saw any was last July in London. I missed Equus there my a few weeks, but I saw a ton of other great plays and musicals. Sorry for the long rambling post but as you can tell I am really excited.

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Wes, you think that playing Alan Stang in Equus means to stoop low? Equus is one of the most acclaimed plays in history, it even won a Tony and it’s an honour to be part of such an amazing play.

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I just want to say that I actually applaud Dan for having a HUGE success on Broadway, and I am in no way jealous of that fact. I’ve always believed that he is mature beyond his years, and believe that fact has had a critical role in success of the HP movie franchise and Dan’s career. I just wish that he would exercise smart moral judgment about what his does, on and off screen. Too many “child actors” (Dan is 19 now) have fallen into the cracks of society because of them rushing to achieve statuses far away from what we remember them to be, and I hope that Dan will not become one of those people who ends up on tabloids because of some unnecessary and embarrassing scandal. I wish him well in his acting career, and Godspeed.

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i totally disagree with this myth that we all seem to have reguarding child actors! In any walk of life people go into careers that after a while they realise they don’t want, or can only achievea certain amount of success. the only failed child actors in my opinion are those who many years after their moment of fame are clinging to that past. If they have moved on to other careers, then that doesn’t make them failures. If they spend a few years enjoying the fruits of their fame… whethever we approve of how they do that or not., and then move on, grow up. then great, fantastic. They’ve enjoyed what the short term career has bought them. Life is short, fame is transient.As long as they don’t kill themselves or anyone else, we really ought to stop trying to instill our beliefs and principles on these people. And i can be as guilty as the next judgemental person. Most people though grow out of their excesses.

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Wes: There´s NOTHING wrong with Dan´s moral judgement. He´s NOT doing a porn movie, or being arrested for DUI. Infact he got much more morality than people like Lindsay Lohan, Britney Spears, Amy Winehouse, Pete Doherty combined

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i don’t see the problem with Dan taking his clothes off, as long as it’s revelevent to the part. We seem to get our knickers in a twist when actors/models appear nude. Yet take a role where you shot, kill, or steal…even when you’re the good guy no one seems to question the morals of such role choices. If you look at the innocent collateral in some films where the hero is out to get the bad guy, well, it makes you wonder at their moral compass. Dan takes his clothes off, doesn’t make him bad. Ralph Feinnes plays Voldermort, that doesn’t make him a mass murderer. if Dan took a role playing a drag queen, it doesn’t mean in his private life Dan does drag, but because he mentioned in an interview that such a role wouldn’t worry him, all hell is let lose in the HP fandom. Yet does that mean Rupert has a perchance in his private life to be a hitman, because thats the role he’s currently playing? No, nude is bad, guns are good is the message that comes across, yet very very few people are killed because they take their clothes off.

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Jani – great post, I completely agree with you. The idea that nudity automatically = immorality is so prevalent. You are absolutely correct, why is it consicered immoral to take on a role where the character takes off his clothes, while it is not considered immoral to take on roles where the character kills people? What is wrong with nudity? We all have bodies and we know what they look like.

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I saw Equus in previews last weekend, and it was…intense. That is the only word that seems fitting when describing it. Daniel was amazing, and the Richard was perfect. The whole cast worked so well together, and even though you think you won’t forget that that’s “Harry Potter” up there, you do.

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it’s amazing to me that people focus on the nudity of being the disturbing part, all the while forgetting that “a 17-year old boy blinding horses” is truly the disturbing part. of course, that’s what makes the play so intense - they do call it a psychodrama! - and don’t go see it if you can’t handle this (or nudity for that matters).

i went to see the play in London in April of 07 (all the way from California) and it was worth very minute. Dan does an amazing and very convincing job playing this role, and by the time the play got to its climax, i totally forgot he’s naked.

anyone that calls the nudity a “publicity stunt” should get educated about screenplays, and not go see “Equus” because they want to see Harry Potter in the flesh.

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Here, here, Beth A. I too was mystified by ann camp’s comments. Maybe the reason she was not very convincing in her role was that she doesn’t have a complete understanding of the character. I think her reading sounding a bit highschoolish. Dan is fearless.

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“I think her reading sounding a bit highschoolish.”

And what, may I ask you, is wrong with highschoolish acting? From what I gather, you think Ms Camp’s acting wasn’t up to the rest of the cast’s. Some of the best actors I have seen on stage were highschoolers doing high school productions.

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Hey Amanda—You said you were going to the play in December…when in Dec.? I’ve got tickets for the matinee on Sat, Dec. 20th. I’m sooo excited to see Dan on Broadway, plus I’ve never been to New York, so woo hoo! :)

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you said it high schoolers doing high school productions. This is NOT a high school production, this is broadway!

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Well I am sure not only Dan acted great, also Richard, funny to see no comment about him.

Both have a very satified face on the picture. I hope that they will do great every single evening on stage.

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Eva, as you mention it, I saw the London production and I thought both Dan and Richard were great; they have a wonderful onstage chemistry, and their interactions as psychiatrist and patient were very entertaining to watch. I don’t understand the criticisms of Richard that focus on his looks. He looked the part to me. I haven’t seen any other Equus production so I had nothing to compare.

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The tons of reviews about this play focused mostly about Dan’s stellar performance. It’s almost like an afterthought that they mention Richard and even grudgingly conceded that he was great too. Maybe because, Richard doesn’t sell news much and also maybe because he had some weak points that some critics pounced on.

The other members of the cast are suffering form the same treatment. They were also mentioned as an afterthought (some news sites didn’t even mention them at all) so maybe that’s the reason why Anna Camp said that he led Alan through it. Must be frustrating for the world to freak out about Harry’s nudity and not notice that there’s a girl there also nude beside him. lol. But on second thought, maybe it’s not a laughing matter at all.

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Anna Camp is referring to her character, Jill, who leads Alan to the stables and tries to seduce him. Because of what she unwittingly sets off, the boy goes after the horses in his humiliation and fear. I don’t think she’s misreading or misinterpreting her part at all. She’s talking about the need for the characters to be nude.

Anyway, congratulations to Daniel for the stellar reviews.

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I saw Equus twice in the past two weeks. Daniel was excellent in the first performance I saw, but he was BRILLIANT the second time. I don’t know if it is because he got over the ‘being on Broadway’ jitters or what – but I thought to myself “he CAN act”. He did a remarkable job. The second time I saw it I had opera glasses with me and ‘NO’ not to get a close-up of his ‘winky’ (well, not entirely !!), but I realized the first time I saw the play that I couldn’t really see his face and expressions as well as I would have liked. The opera glasses really helped. He was BRILLIANT last Friday night – just brilliant.

As for Mr. Griffiths – I totally forgot he was ‘acting’ – EXCELLENT.

DANIEL is on his way to becoming a really very very fine actor. I look forward to seeing where this talented and lovely young man goes with his career.

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OoMS I don’t pay a hundred dollars to see a highschool play. I pay to see professionals. It takes courage to remove your clothing in front of an audience, that goes without saying but that shouldn’t be your only accomplishment.

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Sorry, what I meant was that high school acting isn’t bad per se. And I am sorry if I came a little deffensive.

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Soledad nevermore GET A LIFE and GROW UP.He is in Broadway,not in high school.

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What’s your point Sarah? Are you so defensive of highschool plays because that is your only accomplishment in life? You got the lead in Oklahoma and that was your breakthrough? There is life outside of highschool for some of us. Others can never get over it.

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