Some actors command our attention through larger-than-life charisma, some through a mastery of theatrical technique. Then there is David Stahl, an unassuming, understated actor who compels us to watch him by just subtly, slyly becoming the characters he plays. No one else on our local stages slips so invisibly into a part. With Stahl, you don"t see acting with a capital A; you can't find the seam between artist and role. He can be a milquetoast in hysterics, as in Yasmina Reza's Art, or a ruthless royal, as in Shakespeare's Richard III, but the part always appears to be a natural extension of his self. Oh, he has technique, honed to razor sharpness, and more than ample charm, but he applies both delicately, elegantly.
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