True and False: Heresy and Common Sense for the Actor
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 ActorUser Review - Genevieve Heinrich - Goodreads
Like most great "educational" books, this probably taught me as much about myself as it did about acting. It also left me with as many questions as it did answers—which, after all, is it's point. As ... Read full review
Review: True and False: Heresy and Common Sense for the ActorUser Review - Audrey - Goodreads
I don't think this book is particularly helpful for actors and I was annoyed by Mamet's generalization of academic theater programs. That said, there are some good stand-alone quotes here and I liked ... Read full review
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