True and False: Heresy and Common Sense for the Actor

True and False: Heresy and Common Sense for the Actor by David Mamet 0679442499 9780679442493
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The Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, director, & teacher gives us a blunt, irreverent, unsparingly honest guide to acting that overturns conventional truths & tells aspiring actors what they really need to know. David Mamet leaves no acting tenet untouched: How to judge the role, approach the part, work with the playwright. How to concentrate & think about the scene. How to avoid becoming the Paint-by-Numbers Mechanical Actor, the Howm I Doing? Ham Actor, the over-the-top Hollywood Huff Actor. The right way to undertake auditions & rehearsals. The proper approach to agents, to individual jobs, & to the business in general. The question of talent. Mamet is unmistakably clear about why he thinks actors should not be taken in by such highly touted notions as the arc of the character or the play, substitution, sense-memory, the Method itself--in fact, by most of what is being taught in acting schools & workshops across the country today. True & False slaughters some of the professions most sacred cows. It is bold, witty, & likely to be as controversial as the author himself.

Author: David Mamet

Language: English

Edition: 1st

Binding: Hardcover

Pages: 127

Publisher: Pantheon Books

Publication Date: 1997-10-01

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