Here’s a link to an article which caught my eye recently. It’s a response from Marcus Geduld, Artistic Director of Folding Chair Classical Theatre in New York, to a question on Quora.com: “What are some of the telltale signs of a bad actor?”
Now, I don’t particularly approve of the wording of the question – I don’t think it’s helpful to label acting “good” and “bad”, and even if we do, it’s a false extrapolation to use it to label actors “good” and “bad”. Just as good people sometimes do bad things, “good” actors are sometimes responsible for a lot of “bad” acting – and vice versa. But much of what Mr Geduld writes rings true, in sung theatre just as much as in spoken theatre and film, and I concur almost entirely with the examples he gives, subjective as they are.
Points 6, 7 and 10 are especially interesting from a singer’s point of view, and call to mind Stanislavski’s quotation of the great Othello, Tommaso Salvini, replying to an actor asking him what was required to become a tragedian:
“You need only three things: voice, voice, and more voice!”