A couple weeks ago, Theo Stockman’s face ended up on People.com and the world got its first official glance. But we here in the Broadway community have seen that crazy mug a few times before. And I do mean crazy mug. Because as far as I can tell, Theo’s acting technique is about 80% crazyface by volume.
I cannot be the only person who has noticed this, can I? There’s so much face on that kid, and he’s working it so hard, that it literally pulls attention from other actors. Like, you know, the ones we’re supposed to be watching.
You can certainly argue that it’s appropriate to his character during “Holiday”—the Representative from Jingletown—but most other times it’s just distracting. Stockman gives so much crazyface that as an audience member I envied Alysha Umphress for her opportunity to shove him off the couch during “Too Much Too Soon.”
The craziest thing about Theo and his crazyface, though, is this: the kid can sing. His star is rising, and for his vocal chops alone, Stockman deserves that. He has earned that. I guess what I’m saying is, Theo, I really want to love you, so, can you lose the crazyface? As a fellow NYU grad, I know the professors over there in Tisch taught you a few other things.