60 Seconds to Shine, Volume 4: 161 One-Minute Monologues From Literatureby John Capecci
Look no further for short, performable literature that they haven't heard before. The latest from S&K's best-selling Sixty Seconds to Shine series is 221 One-Minute Monologues From Literature. Comic and dramatic, contemporary and classical, this string of 221 pearls are culled from sources other than plays-such as novels, short stories, memoirs, narrative poetry, and essays. Ideal for the auditioning actor as well as the student of acting, the volume indexes by sex, age, tone, voice, and author.
Dabrowski's 101 monologs sound, to the mind's ear, like one side of an overheard cell-phone conversation. Reading through them all in about 101 minutes is like being consigned to a particular circle of hell, one where you're the next person in line for a cup of coffee, but the barista is far too involved in a personal call to help. The monologs are classified as dramatic, comic, or seriocomic, but the most successful ones (in terms of tone and possibilities for interpretation) are the comic. Of those, Babs's tale of ripped jeans and Candy's sad story of running and vomiting while pursuing the elusive male are highly recommended. Either Dabrowski, an actor and author of numerous theater books for teens, is really tuned into young adult, female lingo, or she's been hiding behind the ficus with a recording accessory. Capecci and Aston's latest addition to their "60 Seconds" entries ranges far and wide for its contents. Classified as comic, dramatic, seriocomic, and classical, they run the gamut from Benjamin Franklin and Mary Shelley through Edgar Allan Poe and Herman Melville to Bret Easton Ellis and a helping of previously unpublished writers. An equal number of monologs is provided for men and women, and helpful indexes guide the reader to appropriate ages and voices of the speaker. Barbara Casey's "The Coach's Wife" is good, but the best in the collection is Brian Graham's "David Caruso Scolds His Cat About Its Lackadaisical Litter-Box Use." Both volumes are recommended to the monolog hunter and for public and college libraries, especially if other volumes in the series are present.
Larry Schwartz Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information
Meet the Author
Irene Ziegler is an actor, teacher, playwright, and novelist. Most recently, she played Maggie Runyon in The Contender (nominated for two academy awards) and can currently be seen as Mrs. Laughlin in Showtime's series, Going to California. She has taught speech, oral interpretation, and acting at Eastern Michigan University, Old Dominion University, and the University of Richmond, where she was an Artist in Residence.
John Capecci holds a Ph.D. in Speech Communication and has nearly twenty years experience coaching, teaching, and presenting public performances. John has taught communication techniques and performance theory and practice to high school, undergraduate, graduate, and adult learners. He is an editor, along with Irene Ziegler, of The Ultimate Audition Book II: 222 Monologues from Literature, Two Minutes and Under,The Ultimate Audition Book III: 222 Monologues, Two Minutes and Under from the Movies, The Ultimate Audition Book IV: 222 Comedy Monologues, Two Minutes and Under. He also has published essays on the performance of literature.
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