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Stage Kisses: When a Kiss Is Not A Kiss

“Nice to meet you, Kevin. Do you want me to actually kiss Kevin, or Kevin, do you mind if we kiss? You look young, I don’t want to traumatize you.”
That’s what the actress says to her director and her co-star in the opening lines in Sarah Ruhl’s 2014 play, “Stage Kiss.” Much theater centers around a kiss, certainly in the title: Kiss Me Kate; Kiss of the Spider Woman
For Valentine’s Day ,here are stage kisses dating back to 1887. They are different enough from off-stage kisses as to require guidance, judging by How To Stage Kiss (Set ground rules, pay attention to hygiene, make sure you know your lines) and Tell and Kiss: A Manual for Actors (Boundaries—to tongue or not to tongueFor me, this is an easy one: open mouth, no tongue…. Make sure your makeup won’t rub off on your partner. ..Use good sense. Be respectful. Speak up for yourself.”)

Click on any photograph to see it enlarged and learn who is kissing whom and in what

 

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About New York Theater
Jonathan Mandell is a 3rd generation NYC journalist, who sees shows, reads plays, writes reviews and sometimes talks with people.

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