Synopses & Reviews
This book isn't a critical examination of high comedy. Rather, it's a collection of suggestions for the middlemen: the actors who have to catch the comic spark from the playwright and pass it on to the audience. The effort involved must be imperceptible: one has to acquire the cleverness, the articulacy, the febrility of the characters - and then make the whole laborious exercise seem like swimming through silk...The characters in high comedies don't find verbal sophistication difficult or unfamiliar; they enjoy it as you might enjoy slang.
Maria Aitken, a leading British stage and film actress, has starred in numerous West End stage productions of Noel Coward, Alan Ayckbourn, Stephen Sondheim and many others. She enjoys a long association with the Juilliard School and the Yale School of Drama as a visiting professor when her acting schedule permits.