Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Update: Debuts Galore!

This quarter has seen some amazing things for my career, both on and off stage. I have been brought on by Backstage Magazine to be one of their "Advice Experts." My first article, "10 Sacrifices an Actor Makes" was so popular it became a front page headline article in the November 21 issue. (click here for article.) You can see all of my articles here.

I just premiered a new solo cabaret called "Great (Un)Expectations: A Story of Sass and Satisfaction." It debuted at the Winter Rhythms Festival at Urban Stages (which also featured solo show from Karen Akers, Robert Cuccioli and Adriane Lenox.) I will most likely bring back the show in the spring due to an amazing review: Rob Lester of NiteLife Exchange says:
"Regulars at the long-running Salon open mic know Erin as one of the most wonderfully strong and reliable deliverer of musical theatre material. I heartily recommend her show where she fulfills the promise she consistently showed at those open mic nights. (She also shone brightly in another Napolitano-directed revue, Smile on My Face: The Songs of Richard Eisenberg, also an entry in the Urban Stages series.) Erin is a breath of fresh air: a clean and powerful sound, an intelligence presence in interpreting songs of more recent vintage, finding interesting acting moments in the lyrics and not shying away from emotional depths. Her autobiographical patter is frank, unpretentious, and revealing – as she shares her professional and personal goals and how she achieved them. She's a consistently focused and caring singer..."
At the same festival 3 singers and I also reintroduced audiences to “Smile On My Face: The Songs of Richie Eisenberg”- it's a wonderful show that will have one more performance on February 7, 2013 - you have one more chance to see it!

I just closed a critically acclaimed production of LOVE SONG with The Seeing Place Theater, which I directed and also appeared in as Molly. This is my first time directing a full length play in NYC, and I was incredibly honored that people loved the play. Here are some of the things that critics had to say about my/our work:

J Scott Mitchell, Reviews Off Broadway- "Enter Molly, played by Erin Cronican, a burglar with an attitude...Ms. Cronican’s character Molly benefits from lovely writing, and she gives a nicely restrained performance. A burglar that stirs emotion in wounded psyche, and then responds to it, is a tough act to render believably."

Peter Filichia, Filichia on Friday - “I always get to the Seeing Place Theater whenever this young, ambitious company does a show. Even after only a few productions, I learned that Brandon Walker and Erin Cronican are two wonderful actors in town...”
Jennifer Szulman, ReviewFix - "Molly, played by Erin Cronican also Director of the show, soon becomes the light that brightens up Beane’s dark days. When she is around, nothing bad can happen. Cronican and Walker, still riding high from their summer success in “The Lover” and “Danny and the Deep Blue Sea” are a joy to watch. The relationship between Beane and Molly starts to parallel Joan and Harry’s. When things go well for them, Joan and Harry see progression in their communication as well."
Zak Risinger, Theatre is Easy - “The ensemble works exceptionally well together and I would be hard-pressed to single any one performance out over the other. Every performer is putting 101% of their heart and soul out on the stage and it’s a beautiful thing to watch. I hope that The Seeing Place Theater continues to push the boundaries of theater in the off off Broadway community by producing thought-provoking, smart, and well-acted theatre.”

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My musical theater collective, ACTOR-OWN, is still going strong. For the past 2 years we've done private readings of the musicals like, THE MOST HAPPY FELLA (Rosabella), CABARET (Sally Bowles), THE LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA (Clara) and LEGALLY BLONDE (Elle Woods.) ACTOR-OWN certainly allows me to stretch my skills and develop strong connections to characters I'm destined to play. Visit my Demos page to hear vocal clips, along with some other live tracks. I also have more clips from film, TV and cabaret.

As always, you can check out this acting blog for stories and adventures about my time as an actor here in New York City. You can also check out my coaching blog: Bite-Size Business for Actors, which has a bunch of tips & hints about how to go about building an acting career. Finally, you can check out the other blogs where I'm a contributing writer: The Seeing Place: Our Craft, Our Process (which is about the art of acting) and Backstage, which is more business-driven.

And you can check out my Demos Page to see some fun clips and videos from the stage & screen.

Keep on rockin'!

Erin   :)

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Erin Cronican's career as a professional actor and career coach has spanned the last 25 years in New York City, Los Angeles and San Diego. She has appeared in major feature films and on television, and has toured nationally with plays and musicals. She has worked in the advertising & marketing departments of major corporations, film production companies, theater magazines, and non-profit acting organizations. For more information, please visit http://www.erincronican.com.

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