Halpern, founder and director for 25 years of iO (ImprovOlympic) and widely acknowledged High Priestess of improvisation, further expands and expounds on the creative, philosophical, experimental, and practical tenets of improvisational work set forth in her now seminal text, Truth in Comedy: The Manual of Improvisation. Arranged into three sections, Art by Committee first explores fundamental techniques and some new processes. The second section, "The Improviser," is replete with insights and tips on and aids for continued improvisational work. The final chapters provide a historical perspective of Halpern's work, especially her association with her creative partner, the late improv genius Del Close. Halpern and Close's work and theaters have incubated the talents of such comedic luminaries as Bill Murray, John Belushi, George Wendt, Chris Farley, Rachel Dratch, and Tina Fey. While this book-along with the accompanying DVD (not seen)-is intended for the advanced student of improvisation and assumes familiarity with Truth in Comedy, the inherent wisdom, intelligence, and joy within make it that rare text capable of transcending the boundaries of its discipline and having wide appeal. An obligatory acquisition for all performing arts collections.-Barry X. Miller, Austin P.L., TX Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.