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."
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Versatile Performer Takes On Two Roles with a Smile
April 8, 2003: 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. But thats just what Mrs. Smile does every weekend at the Bowery poetry club.
The talented performer has already garnered worldwide praise for her portrayal of the Scottish Queen and Veronish Nurse. The Charleston City Paper, praising both turns, said Mrs. Smile gave a chilling performance as Lady Macbeth
[and] proves her acting ability and classical training in the comic delight of a performance as Juliets nurse.
Now, for the first time, Mrs. Smile is playing both roles in rep. Some actors would find this a grueling task, but this two inch tall powerhouse greets each day with an optimistic grin, earning the respect and admiration of the entire company. Co-producer Jonathan Van Gieson notes: Its amazing to watch her switch back and forth, the little tricks she uses to get from one character to another. For instance, as the Nurse, she wears a headdress. But as Lady Macbeth, no headdress. Its really quite stunning.
Director Dov Weinstein also has nothing but praise for the diminutive diva. Having worked with Mrs. Smile since 1999, I am pleased to recommend her for this position, he notes in a letter, she is talented, hard working, and well-qualified. I have no doubt she will be an asset to your company.
An asset to your company, indeed.
PRAISE FOR TINY NINJA THEATER
Once youve seen its Romeo & Juliet, youll want to come to back for figurine versions of Hamlet or Othello or whatever else. The Washington Post, Action Figure Genius The Charleston City Paper, Phenomenally entertaining American Theater A plastiscene pleasure. The Village Voice, a marvel of theatrical innovation The List (UK), ...delightful and amusing, and you leave the theater energized and oddly moved. Time Out New York www.tinyninjatheater.com