The third book in the set collects works by Glenn Alterman, who has made a name for himself writing monologues strictly for auditions. This volume offers 101 pithy, gritty, and often humorous pieces for a wide range of character types. The great strength of the 60 Seconds to Shine titles is their focus on newer contemporary works and original material. Monologues that work well often become overused, by the world at large as well as by individual actors, so including fresh selections from a wide range of sources is a plus. One word of caution: the first two volumes provide little context, so theactor should refer to the original source whenever possible. These volumes join Smith & Kraus's "Ultimate Audition Book" titles, which are also valuable. A 60 Seconds to Shine title on nondramatic sources from literature is in the works. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Student and professional actors.
E. D. Bochinski, Fairfield University