I’m in a production of Hamlet that has been adapted to take place on a Martian space station. What’s your take on adaptations of the Bard’s work?
That's pretty rad. I'm for doing anything you want to Shakespeare's plays. He's very dead, which limits his options when it comes to litigation. My favorite adaptation I've seen was Titus Andronicus set in a day care. My second favorite was an otherwise run-of-the-mill Othello, where Iago clipped his fingernails during every monologue and saved them in a little baggy. ― YOURS, ARMIN
My director wants me to do a scene topless even though it’s not called for in the script. He says it’s an artistic decision. What should I do?
I'd like you to walk into that rehearsal hall tomorrow night and say, "I'll do it!" And then I want you to tell me what the name of the show is so I can buy tickets. Seriously, I'm not sure why you wouldn't want to do it. Audiences, critics and awards panels love when actors take risks. Do you not like awards? Maybe your lovely lady lumps are just the things to make that scene really cook? Or maybe the director is a creepy perv? Either way, just take off your shirt. ― YOURS, ARMIN
P.S. I am a creepy perv.
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