From the author of The Great Acting Teachers and Their Methods this book details a step-by-step approach to playing a part. Based on the work of Stanislavski, it follows two actors as a teacher guides them through their roles in Ibsen's A Doll House.
This book comes out of the author's own experience as an actor and teacher. As he rereads the works of Konstantin Stanislavksi (the founder of "method" acting), Brestoff (The Camera Smart Actor, LJ 12/94) was struck by Stanislavski's approach, which calls upon actors to "experience the circumstances of a play before speaking any dialogue or trying to characterize." Brestoff has refined and expanded on Stanislavski's ideas, taking the reader through the process followed by two actors as they work on a scene from Ibsen's A Doll's House. Improvisation is a key to visualizing the roles actors are to play. An 18-point process review concludes this well-written and very useful book. Recommended for theater arts collections.--Howard E. Miller, MLS, St. Louis Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.