http://www.boston.com/ae/theater_arts/articles/2009/11/29/how_do_actors_memorize_their_lines?mode=PF Tips for Memorizing Shakespeare is one of my more popular posts. So I was happy to see this updated article in my local paper, interviewing professional actors on their own best tips for remembering lines (and what happens when you don’t!):
I had a blooper when I was doing "King Lear." I was playing Regan, and I came walking out onstage and I had to give a bunch of orders, and I started saying . . . something from "Much Ado About Nothing." At that time, I was doing "Much Ado" by day and "Lear" by night, while also learning a new play. But it didn’t matter. I said it with such conviction that people bought it.