Top 5: Theater & Acting

This week's "DQYD Top 5"  is inspired by our guest Tamarea Kramer. If you haven't listened to the episode yet, Tamarea is an actress, so we set out to make our top 5 lists based on theater and acting themes.

Do you agree with our picks? Let us know in the comments below, and feel free to add your own top 5 lists!


Nathan's Top 5 Eccentric Roles performed by Actresses


Pick 5: Anne Hathaway (Les Miserables)

Shaving her head, losing almost a quarter of her weight and eating nothing but oatmeal for months, Anne proved to the acting community she'll do whatever she can to bring depression to the screen.


Pick 4: Rooney Mara (Girl with the Dragon Tattoo)

Watching this movie was...conflicting for me. If you can get past the awful bedroom scene, you are awarded with a great revenge plot and a unique protagonist.

Pick 3: Kathy Bates (Misery)

Annie Wilkes breaking her captives ankles are the things nightmares are made out of. Much different then her "Waterboy" and "Titanic" roles, Kathy shows that she has no problem being absolutely wicked.


Pick 2: Charlize Theron (Monster)

One of my first Hollywood crushes, Charlize Theron proved she was much more than a pretty face. One of the most drastic physical transformations caught on film, she is almost unrecognizable on stage.

Pick 1: Linda Blair (Exorcist)

This movie terrorized me as a child. Specifically due to Linda's crazy creepy, scary, tormented performance. I still worry as an adult, agnostic male that my loved ones may get possessed in their sleep.


Farrin's Top 5 Femme Fatales

Pick 5: Alex Vause

Alex Vause from Orange is the New Black is a prime example of a Femme Fatale. She has seduced not only women in the popular show but men as well, and has brought them all down (sometimes with her)


Pick 4: Ginger Knowles

Ginger Knowles (Halle Berry) in Swordfish is a total FF and could probably get anyone to do anything she wanted them to...


Pick 3: Ripley

Ellen Louise Ripley from Alien most definitely has to make this list. She smartly and cooly handled Aliens fro crying out loud!


Pick 2: Beatrix Kiddo

Beatrix Kiddo (The Bride) in Kill Bill is without a doubt a true Femme Fatale...I mean look at the sword! Everyone get out of the way when she walks in!

Pick 1: Selina Kyle

Probably my personal favorite, Selina Kyle (Cat Woman) is the definition of a Femme Fatale. A siren that's equal parts seductive and badass, even Batman can't resist her charms.


Drew's Top 5 Theater Superstitions

Pick 5: Bad Dress. Good Opening

There are many in the theater world that subscribe to this one. The idea is that having a bad final dress rehearsal before the opening of a show leads to having a great opening night. 


Pick 4: Whistling

Regardless of where you stand on superstitions, even the naysayers will have a hard time refuting this one, as it's roots are based on old theater practices. Before the invention of hand radios, theater technicians would communicate with whistles to call cues. Someone absentmindedly whistling could inadvertently call a cue before it was time. 

Pick 3: Ghost Light

This one is somewhat different, as it functions as a superstition and practicality. The superstition says the light is to be left on stage to help ward off spirits. In the practical sense, the light is left on so that someone entering a dark theater can see where they're going.


Pick 2: Break a Leg!

Oddly enough, wishing someone "good luck" before a play is actually bad luck.

Pick 1: Macbeth

The title of the famous Scottish play is taboo to say in a theater. Most believe it will invoke the curse said to be set upon it due to Shakespeare's addition of spoken witchcraft.