True and False

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Invent nothing, deny nothing, speak up, stand up, stay out of school. With these words, one of our most brilliantly iconoclastic playwrights takes on the art of profession of acting, in a book that is as shocking as it is practical, as witty as it is instructive, and as irreverent as it is inspiring.
Acting schools, ?interpretation,? ?sense memory,? ?The Method??David Mamet takes a jackhammer to the idols of contemporary acting, while revealing the true heroism and nobility of ...
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True and False: Heresy and Common Sense for the Actor

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Overview

Invent nothing, deny nothing, speak up, stand up, stay out of school. With these words, one of our most brilliantly iconoclastic playwrights takes on the art of profession of acting, in a book that is as shocking as it is practical, as witty as it is instructive, and as irreverent as it is inspiring.
Acting schools, “interpretation,” “sense memory,” “The Method”—David Mamet takes a jackhammer to the idols of contemporary acting, while revealing the true heroism and nobility of the craft. He shows actors how to undertake auditions and rehearsals, deal with agents and directors, engage audiences, and stay faithful to the script, while rejecting the temptations that seduce so many of their colleagues. Bracing in its clarity, exhilarating in its common sense, True and False is invaluable.
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"Mamet manages to demolish the myths...that pass for theory with regard o acting and directing. . . True and False is a revealing book of the highest order and a pleasure to read"—Anthony Hopkins
 
"Hard-edged, pragmatic and idealistic. . . . Every actor or would-be actor should read this book."—Chicago Tribune 
 
"Trenchant...Meet’s pared-down, occasionally cryptic prose can make powerful sense."—The New York Times
 
"This book should be read and considered by everyone who acts."—Steve Martin 
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780679772644
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 2/28/1999
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 217,527
  • Product dimensions: 5.14 (w) x 7.99 (h) x 0.38 (d)

Meet the Author

 
David Mamet was born in Chicago in 1947. He studied at Goddard College in Vermont and at the Neighborhood Playhouse School of Theater in New York. He has taught at Goddard College, the Yale Drama School, and New York University, and lectures at the Atlantic Theater Company, of which he is a founding member. He is the author of the acclaimed plays The Cryptogram, Oleanna, Speed-the-Plow, Glengarry Glen Ross, American Buffalo, and Sexual Perversity in Chicago. He has also written screenplays for such films as House of Games and the Oscar-nominated The Verdict, as well as The Spanish Prisoner, The Winslow Boy, and Wag the Dog. His plays have won the Pulitzer Prize and the Obie Award.
 
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  • Posted February 28, 2010

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    An Actor Must Be Brave

    David Mamet is one of the most respected directors and writers in the theatre today and his technique is, in my opinion, the most applicable of all acting strictures. The statements he makes are tremendously obscure, but powerful nonetheless, and furthermore indispensable to any actor in the theatre. Be open-minded when reading, some of the things he says are slightly frustrating.

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  • Posted February 20, 2010

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    One of the most sitmulating theater books available. It follows Anne Bogart's "And Then You Act", in a cut down easy to read version.

    I found this book to be challenging, because of the steps it asks you to take. It goes against any acting training you can recieve in a school. It cuts out character work, and inspires any actor to focus on the important aspects of the profession. His style of writing is simple to read, but complex to understand,(If you have had previous acting training) if you haven't - it will be easy to put to practice. In Mamet's style of prose he proves what can't be proven.

    It is cutting edge. It puts to rest the theory of "Method" Acting.

    It is a must have for any actor, or any to-be actor.

    It is a must have for anyone planing to work on a Mamet play.

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  • Posted December 28, 2009

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    A Stone Thrown at Spoiled Actors

    This book speaks about the pure notion of the theatre. I do not recommend this book if you are a film and TV actor. Theatergoers and Theatre Actors should really consider this book; it speaks with honesty and ignores propriety.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2004

    Must read for all who take theatre seriously

    Beware if you are a university theatre professor, this book may take you into areas of self examination in which you may not be prepared to go. But for the rest of us, this is the most exciting theatre book that I have read since my first reading of an Actor Prepares or Shurtleff's The Audition. I found myself at times arguing with the book and at other times cheering for Mamet's forthrightness. If you are looking for a topic of discussion: get a group of theatre people, read this book, a cup of coffee ( or two) and have an evening of the greatest conversation.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2005

    Exciting but unclear

    Challenging and engaging but often unclear. Mamet is vague. I read this a while ago but I remember that he said all an actor needs to do is memorize lines, know your cues, and speak loud and clear. That's silly. I think there is more to it than that. I'd love to work with Mamet, I wonder what he is like as a director.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 8, 2000

    Don't 'Ham' It - Read Mamet

    If you consider yourself an actor, you must not only read this book -- you must read it immediately, posthaste, and pronto ... if not sooner. Mamet cuts through all the nonsense and garbage that we, as actors or students, come across far too often in classes, workshops, and productions -- and leaves us with a remarkably pared-down core of refreshing, common-sense simplicity. As I read this book, I found myself frequently nodding my head in agreement and saying aloud (even while on the train), 'Yes! That's it!!!' If you're the sort who uses a yellow 'highlighter' pen or who 'dog ears' a book's pages when studying or reading, by the time you're done reading this book (which should take no time at all -- it's an incredibly quick read!) you'll find yourself with pages more yellow than white, and more dog ears than a puppy kennel. A MUST READ!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2000

    Profound!

    Mamet is a genius. The most honest and straightforward book on acting and the business ever written. A must read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2000

    A Must-Read for all theatre majors

    Mamet's True and False portrays the very real reality in the theatrical world. He talks about how the institutions of theatre have turned the craft/art of acting into something artificial and intellectual, rather than organic and simple. Mamet also talks about how certain institutions, such as university training, can ruin good actors. I have constantly wondered why I wasn't getting what I needed out of acting classes at the university level, and Mamet explains why ever so eloquently. And I thought I was in left field for so long. I have been brought back into the light.

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