Author: Ben Butina

Life

Experience Matters. Except When it Doesn’t.

This morning I saw a billboard to re-elect Judge So-And-So because “Experience Matters.” I’m not so sure. Since the age of 20, for example, I’ve accumulated two decades of experience in walking. Am I a better walker than I was 20 years ago? Not that I can tell. I’m also […]

Life

These Pretzels Are Making Me Thirsty

I like to play games with my family at the dinner table. Sometimes it’s Mad Libs or the telephone game. Sometimes we make up our own. The latest is called “These Pretzels are Making Me Thirsty.” It’s based on a book I recently read called Actions: The Actors’ Thesaurus. Here’s […]

Art

Respect for Acting

I’ve never tried acting, but lately I’ve become curious about how it’s done. I just finished reading Respect for Acting, by Uta Hagen. This is one of those seminal works that is recommended to young actors, particularly those working in the theater. The actions of human beings are governed, more […]

Life

Dick Dale

I’ve been performing since 1955. I’m going to have to keep performing till I die because I’m not going to die in some rocking chair with a big ol’ beer belly. Dick Dale (1937-2019)

History

Dorothy Patch–A Bit of Americana

The following article, written by Richard Gazarik, first appeared in The Tribune-Review in the 1978. My comments appear in gray boxes. If you drive along Route 981, past St. Vincent College toward Latrobe, you might miss Dorothy Patch. From the road, Dorothy doesn’t look like you’d be missing much. All […]