True and False: Heresy and Common Sense for the Actor

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Vintage Books, 1997 - Performing Arts - 127 pages
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Invent nothing, deny nothing, speak up, stand up, stay out of school. With these words, one of our most brilliantly iconoclastic playwrights takes on the art of profession of acting, in a book that is as shocking as it is practical, as witty as it is instructive, and as irreverent as it is inspiring.
Acting schools, “interpretation,” “sense memory,” “The Method”—David Mamet takes a jackhammer to the idols of contemporary acting, while revealing the true heroism and nobility of the craft. He shows actors how to undertake auditions and rehearsals, deal with agents and directors, engage audiences, and stay faithful to the script, while rejecting the temptations that seduce so many of their colleagues. Bracing in its clarity, exhilarating in its common sense, True and False is invaluable.

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Review: True and False: Heresy and Common Sense for the Actor

User Review  - Jacob Anderson - Goodreads

At first I was intrigued by how the writing style seems so similar to mine - the ideas are controversial and may seem pessimistic, but the person behind the thoughts doesn't intend them to be ... Read full review

Review: True and False: Heresy and Common Sense for the Actor

User Review  - Henry Barry - Goodreads

A quick but enjoyable guide to acting, as Mamet sees it. I enjoyed his views and agreed with most of them, only disagreeing with a few that I didn't understand. I particularly liked his claim that as ... Read full review


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David Mamet was born in Chicago in 1947. He studied at Goddard College in Vermont and at the Neighborhood Playhouse School of Theater in New York. He has taught at Goddard College, the Yale Drama School, and New York University, and lectures at the Atlantic Theater Company, of which he is a founding member. He is the author of the acclaimed plays The Cryptogram, Oleanna, Speed-the-Plow, Glengarry Glen Ross, American Buffalo, and Sexual Perversity in Chicago. He has also written screenplays for such films as House of Games and the Oscar-nominated The Verdict, as well as The Spanish Prisoner, The Winslow Boy, and Wag the Dog. His plays have won the Pulitzer Prize and the Obie Award.

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