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Will Power: How to Act Shakespeare in 21 Days

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 20, 2006

    Remarkably Helpful and Fun to Read

    'Being a trained method actress, and someone who has performed several of Shakespeare's characters, I was excited that John Basil was able to explain clearly how to combine emotional preparation with Shakespeare's heightened poetic language. His Phase 4 of the rehearsal process includes four separate chapters on elements of the Stanislavski approach: given circumstances, basic human needs, 'doings,' and PASTO (preparation, attack, struggle, turning point, and outcome). I love the examples he's chosen from the plays, and appreciate that there are as many female as male roles among them. In a nutshell, this is a remarkably helpful book.'

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 4, 2006

    What I was looking for - exactly!

    The title gave me clear understanding of what was behind the cover. Expectations delivered. I always wanted to learn and this made it easy for me.s

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 29, 2006


    I found this book a great tool for understanding Shakespeare! It made learning it really easy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 2, 2006

    A Must-Read

    Finally, this long needed book is published! As a spectator of quite a few Shakespeare pieces I wish all actors in those pieces had read this fabulous book. And I truly hope that they will take advantage of it immediately. Not only does the book give you lots of practical advice on how to gain a deep understanding of Shakespeare's texts, but it also shows you how to use non-verbal cues to effectively communicate this meaning to the audience. This allows the actors to bring onto the stage their maximum potential, and it results in a performace that is well accomplished and even more authentic. Will Power is definitely a must-read.

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