Susan Messing and Mark Sutton are going to be two of my instructors for the intensive, and the two comprised Messing with a Friend on Thursday. I focused my attention on how each of them developed and held on to their characters. Susan Messing’s characters were rich and varied, but behind each one appeared to be a fairly simple pattern within the scene:
- Distinct behavior
- Riff based on behavior and scene partner
- Repeat/embellish behavior
- Go to step 2
Mark Sutton’s characters were grounded by comparison but there was also a similar pattern visible in most if not all scenes. In my head, the characters that were more grounded often felt like they had less power in the scene, thereby conferring higher status to the scene partner. It will be interesting to see how any of these observations comport with what we cover next week.