Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Uma Grande Senhora!

Photo: Piotr Redlinski for The New York Times

« From No Home to Back Home on Broadway

Published: October 26, 2009

Midway through “Finian’s Rainbow,” which opens Thursday on Broadway, the stage veteran Terri White delivers a bluesy, rasping version of the song “Necessity.” The character wants to play, to rest her “head in the shade,” but, Ms. White belts out, turning to the face the audience directly, “the rent ain’t paid"!
If Ms. White’s delivery feels particularly authentic, it is because she has lived those lyrics more personally than even the most diehard method actress would want. In the summer of 2008, Ms. White, 61, could not make rent. She was evicted from her apartment of 14 years, after a breakup with a longtime girlfriend. She could not work. She also could not find a way to ask for help. For three months, when she was not crashing on a friend’s couch, she slept in Washington Square Park. (...)» in The New York Times-26-10-09


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