Tips: Ideas for Actors / Edition 1by Jon Jory
Pub. Date: 05/01/2000
Publisher: Smith & Kraus, Inc.
Until very recently, acting wisdom was passed on the form of "tips." Here are 205 of them-ranging from using opposites to the way to set a laugh, and on through a clear definition of "actions," how to use a "breath score," and even how to react if you're fired. The tips are clear, concise, evocative and constructed to give you a better day in rehearsal and a better night in performance. A buffet of ways to improve immediately that you'll want to have with you in your rehearsal bag.
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As a beginning actress this book was recommended to me by my instructor. It is very practical, clearly written, and simple to use. Many acting texts can get very dreamy and artistic but this is highly practical and organized in such a way that I know I will use it over and over again during the course of my theatrical career. Highly recommended.
If this book is any indication, Jory must be a marvelous teacher. Clear, concise, and direct, this is the one book about theatre I wish I'd had when I was in school. Targeted mainly toward actors, this is a wise and lucid compendium for ANY theatre artist, or for any patron who wants to understand more about how a play works onstage. Jory covers all the major themes and topics in pithy one-page descriptions, and clearly relates them to one another. Although he obviously has definite ideas about how to approach a play, he also emphasizes that the actor (playwright, director, etc.) as artist is responsible for making the work organic. He's also very strong on discipline and professional behavior. This book is for anyone who loves the theatre, and can be heartily recommended for beginners and seasoned professionals alike. Appropriate especially for actors and playwrights, it's full of insights for directors and the rest of the technical team as well. Should be required reading for all university-level theatre programs. Keep it in your script bag when you go to rehearsal, just in case you need a little reminder of why you do this.