4/8/03: Talented Performer Takes On Two Roles with a Smile
"If there is a greater challenge to an actor than playing Shakespeare, its the challenge of playing two very different Shakespearean roles one tragic, one comic in the space of 24 hours."
3/6/03: Romeo & Juliet closes March 10, revival begins March 20
"An era has come to an end. We commiserate with the cast and crew of Les Misérables, who must be on the same emotional rollercoaster that we are."
2/18/03: Ninjas Gear Up for Time Square Debut
"Who would have guessed way back in 2000, when we started out in the dank, un-air-conditioned Present Company Artspace, that we would eventually end up on Broadway?"
2/6/03: The NYC Debut of Romeo & Juliet
"Some companies, when transferring a show to Broadway, would attempt to fill the title roles with big-name actors to boost sales. We're just not that kind of company."
2/18/02: Tiny Ninjas Return to Charleston
"Will Mr. and Mrs. Smile, who played Macbeth and Lady Macbeth in Tiny Ninja Theater presents Macbeth, take on the title roles in Romeo & Juliet as well? 'Im not prepared to discuss casting at this point,' said director Dov Weinstein..."
7/17/01: Nuclear War Extended
"Before I saw this show, I was going to fly over to the U.S.S.R. and poke that Gorbachev right in the eye."
7/2/01: Tiny Ninja Theater Joins The Quorum's Format
"The ninjas have been wanting to do improv for a long time."
12/3/00: Tiny Ninja Theater's Macbeth Closing December 26
"Finally we'll be able to transform the Artspace into a hip cabaret venue. And if that doesn't work, we could always go back to using the place to store garbage. Garbage."
10/6/00: Macbeth Begins Open-Ended Run
"When The Present Company offered to extend the run again, we leapt at the opportunity, because where else in New York City can you find a small, dank, drafty space like this one?"
9/19/00: Macbeth Extended Through October 14th
"There is no truth whatsoever to the rumor that David Hasselhoff will be replacing Mr. Smile as Macbeth in this new run."
8/28/00: Macbeth Extended Through September 30th
"We're very pleased to be able to continue the show, especially since we were worried for a while that Mr. Smile would have to return to L.A. to work on a sitcom."
8/12/00: Tiny Ninja Theater Announces Macbeth
"If tiny plastic ninjas had existed in the 17th century, I have no doubt that Shakespeare himself would have staged the play in this way."
TINY NINJAS RETURN TO CHARLESTON
TINY NINJA THEATER presents
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JONATHAN VAN GIESON
February 18, 2002: Tiny Ninja Theater is pleased to announce a return to Charleston for the 2002 Picolo-Spoleto festival with the world premiere of Tiny Ninja Theater presents ROMEO & JULIET. Shakespeare's classic tale of star-crossed lovers will be performed by inch-high plastic ninjas and other dime-store thespians on a briefcase-sized stage.
Following last year's extended run of Tiny Ninja Theater presents MACBETH at the festival, the company was excited to come back to South Carolina. "I think it's fair to say that Charleston loved the ninjas, and the ninjas loved Charleston," said co-producer Jonathan Van Gieson. "Ninja, who played Macduff in that production, was thinking of moving down there, but he just couldn't find affordable housing in the historic downtown district. So he decided to stay in New York City."
Will Mr. and Mrs. Smile, who played Macbeth and Lady Macbeth in Tiny Ninja Theater presents Macbeth, take on the title roles in Romeo & Juliet as well? "I'm not prepared to discuss casting at this point," said director Dov Weinstein, "although I would like to point out that this is Tiny Ninja Theater, not Arrogant Smile-Faced Prima Donna Couple Theater. Mr. and Mrs. Smile might do well to consider that there is no "I" in company."
But was it Mrs. Smile's "particularly chilling" (The Charleston City Paper) rendition of "out, out, damn spot" that drew crowds to the sold-out run of Macbeth at last year's festival? Or was it Mr. Smile's "not to be missed" (The Charleston City Paper) turn as the titular Thane? Is Weinstein shooting himself in the foot by spurning the well-reviewed couple? "I'm not prepared to discuss casting at this point," reiterated Weinstein.
LOCAL PRAISE FOR TINY NINJA THEATER PRESENTS MACBETH
"Dov Weinstein's Tiny Ninja Theatre is Shakespeare as you have never seen it
Who would think that ninjas employed such a range of talent? Comprising a majority of the cast, these players made up for their lack of stature with their inspired performances." --The Charleston City Paper
delightful and inventive and mesmerizing - my favorite "Macbeth" in years." -- The State
a presentation that is so fully realized, so artfully conceived, so wonderfully inventive that one cannot help but become a willing participant in the suspension of disbelief." -- The Post & Courier