Ann, Macbeth mark trend of one-person shows on Broadway

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Back in 1991, Patrick Stewart (yeah, Professor X from "X-Men" and Jean-Luc Picard from "Star Trek: The Next Generation") starred in A Christmas Carol on Broadway, for which he eventually won a Drama Desk Award and Laurence Olivier Award. Here’s the weird thing: he played all 40-plus characters in the show.

If that’s not mind-blowing enough, he also co-produced the show.

As much as I love theater, I am not a performer myself, and just the idea of getting up on stage makes me a little queasy. So I can’t imagine the thought process that goes into being the only person responsible for a play. And then there’s, you know, actually working really hard to pull it all together and having no one else to blame if something goes wrong. Call me crazy, but if I don’t have someone but myself to blame for a failure, then I’m just plain not interested.