I recently visited my daughter Keira in San Francisco and, in between the big questions of, “How late is Loehmann’s open?” and “Could we possibly eat more Japanese food?” (the answers to the above questions are “late enough” and “yes”), we had a con

versation about authenticity.

Keira remembered that an acting teacher had reminded the class that authenticity allows a performer to engage the audience and hold their attention. I’d never thought about acting/performing and authenticity in the same sentence, let alone connected concepts, but it does make sense.

Even in a

character, a portrayal of someone else, there has to be a nugget of truth for the actor – some universal quality or element to which the actor relates deeply. It is from the “real” places in ourselves that we connect to the “real” places in other people.

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