Sixty Comedy Duet Scenes for Teens: Real-Life Situations for Laughter

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VOYA - Dawn Talbott
Sixty Comedy Duet Scenes for Teens is a fairly straightforward collection of scenes for two women, two men, or a man and woman. The scenes incorporate humorous real-life moments to which teens can relate. Each scene lists the characters, setting, and required props, which are minimal. There are no supplemental resources in the book, as the scenes themselves are the only text other than a short preface and the table of contents. In Young Women's Monologues from Contemporary Plays #2, Ratliff compiles eighty-two monologues from a wide assortment of plays that work well as audition pieces for aspiring actresses. The variety included in this book is a strong point. There are pieces full of satire and sorrow, despair and drama. The characters are boisterous and broken, anguished and apathetic. The entire theatrical gamut is covered. There are even pieces that are duologues, selections with two characters, intended to be played by the same actress. At the beginning of each chapter is a section of information and advice for aspiring actresses. This section offers tips for preparing for auditions including topics such as attitude, audition choices, makeup, wardrobe, props, staging, accents, movement, and even the entrance and exit. This information is helpful although not encompassing and stays fairly generalized. The suggestions at the beginning of other chapters help in finding the motivation and layers underneath the surface of the characters in the upcoming selections to help actresses flesh out their portrayals. The pieces in these selections are relatively short and only using one would not be enough for competition, for example a National Forensic League event, so ifstudents are looking for that type of selection, they will have to piece together several or look elsewhere. The monologues collection is stronger for variety as well as additional information, but it has the drawback of being targeted only for females, whereas the comedy duets work for both sexes. Either selection would be good to use in the classroom as practice and warm ups, however, and both are useful additions to a classroom library. Reviewer: Dawn Talbott
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781566081528
  • Publisher: Meriwether Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 4/28/2008
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 823,614
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.60 (d)

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