Stepping out with David Hyde Pierce

Frasier was one of my favorite TV shows because it was about a doctor who had a radio show–so meeting David Hyde Pierce tonight was a special treat.  Pierce also happens to be an advocate for the Alzheimer’s Association.

I had an enchanting dinner tonight listening to Mr. Pierce discuss how he directed the comedy Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, which opened yesterday at the Mark Taper Forum.  This Tony winner expounded on the importance of trying new things–a different direction or a different way of speaking–once actors have mastered a scene that will send the audience into hysterics.  It will prove to the actors that they have independent control in the moment.  He said he learned this from legendary director Mike Nichols.

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