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  • Published: 15 October 2016
  • ISBN: 9780394744124
  • Imprint: Vintage USA
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 112
  • RRP: $25.00

A Practical Handbook For The Actor



This simple and essential book about the craft of acting describes a technique developed and refined by the authors, all of them young actors, in their work with Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright David Mamet, actor W. H. Macy, and director Gregory Mosher. A Practical Handbook for the Actor is written for any actor who has ever experienced the frustrations of acting classes that lacked clarity and objectivity, and that failed to provide a dependable set of tools. An actor's job, the authors state, is to "find a way to live truthfully under the imaginary circumstances of the play." The ways in which an actor can attain that truth form the substance of this eloquent book.

  • Published: 15 October 2016
  • ISBN: 9780394744124
  • Imprint: Vintage USA
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 112
  • RRP: $25.00

Praise for A Practical Handbook For The Actor

"This is the best book on acting written in the last twenty years." --from the introduction by David Mamet "Simple, clear and consise--just what was needed. A deeply interesting and valuable piece of work." --Sidney Lumet "This terse and lucid handbook might well be for the actor what Strunk and White's The Elements of Style is for the writer." --John Guare "This book is wonderful. It is clear, direct, and to the point, with none of the hokum that accompanies most books on the theatre, especially about acting. I learned an enormous amount." --Robert Benton "This beautifully written book offers a clear guide to the most profound acting technique I  know. Every young actor should read it, re-read it, and then keep it under his pillow." --Lindsay Crouse

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