Synopses & Reviews
Aimed at the beginning acting student, this book takes a commonsense approach to the craft, building on basic techniques in the first part and then going on to cover two distinct types of theater; comedy and Shakespearean verse. Kuritz introduces basic acting techniques through a series of simple exercises. the section on verse analyzes accent and rhythm with examples of dialog, while the comedy chapter lists 15 examples of comic situations, along with definitions and examples of comic figures of speech. Warm-up exercises, comic dialect guidelines, and a general stage terminology contribute to the usefulness of the book. Recommended for theater arts collections in public, high school and college libraries.
This book provides students with a clear, common sense, non-faddish technique for performing on stage. Kuritz's technique is explained in terms of the actors' personal, common, everyday dramatic experiences. Simple exercises build upon one another as the technique is explored.
Kuritz supplies actors with a special comfort and confidence in two of the stage's most daunting features -- comedy and Shakespearean verse poetry. The book eases the nervous actors into both, by building in the basic techniques basis in their everyday experience and logic. Comedy and verse become seen as two variations or extensions of the fundamental acting process, rather than as exotic, unique skills.