(Erik Piepenburg’s article appeared in The New York Times, 8/20; via Pam Green.)

Look past the eyes, hair and height. Keep scanning down, after the college “Hamlet” and the regional “Little Shop of Horrors.” There, at the bottom of almost any actor’s résumé, in small letters, is a list of tricks that reads like an especially manic night at “The Ed Sullivan Show.” Acrobatics, martial arts, hula hoop: just some of the unusual and quirky kinds of expertise found under the category of Special Skills.

Sometimes the skills aren’t so much skills as they are quirks. Dave Thomas Brown, who stars in the new Matthew Lopez play “The Legend of Georgia McBride,” opening Sept. 9 at the Lucille Lortel Theater, lists a Mandy Patinkin impression.


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