Delicious Dissembling: A Complete Guide to Performing Restoration Comedy

Delicious Dissembling: A Complete Guide to Performing Restoration Comedy

by Suzanne Ramczyk

Paperback(New Edition)


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780325003757
Publisher: Heinemann
Publication date: 08/19/2002
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Suzanne Ramczyk teaches Acting Styles, Acting Shakespeare, Voice and Text, Movement for the Actor, and other performance courses at Bridgewater State College, where she has been a Professor of Theatre Arts for seventeen years. Her workshops on performing the Comedy of Manners; Integrating Voice, Text, and Movement; and Performing Shakespeare have been held all over the East Coast. She has directed or performed in almost all periods and genres of theatre.

Table of Contents

1Overview: a Brief History of Restoration England1
The Court and World of Charles II3
Plays and Playwrights6
The Theatre, Its Actors, and Audiences7
2Some Basic Acting Concerns11
Character Types15
Achieving Objectives Through Externals16
Flaunting As an Objective18
Masking Emotion20
Interaction As a Game to Be Won22
Scenes for Practice23
Scene Analysis26
3The Language in Restoration Comedies: Background, Types, Styles, and Modes of Speech31
Purveyors and Annihilators of Wit32
Conventions of Public and Private Discourse36
Devices and Components of Wit41
Scene Analysis62
4Using the Voice68
Understanding Operative Words69
Working Imagistically: Utilizing Laban's Components of Movement for the Voice74
The Vocal Variables of Pitch, Rhythm, and Tempo83
Putting It All Together: Experimenting with Pitch, Tempo, and Rhythm92
Playing the Sounds92
Scene Analysis95
5The Physical Lives of Characters: Movement, Fashion, and the Details of Deportment100
The Mask of Fashion102
A Consideration of Rehearsal Costumes112
Fashion and Movement: A Brief Consideration of Space114
General Physical and Movement Concerns115
A Laban Approach116
Postures Delineated122
Integrating Movement with Text and Voice141
Bows and Curtsies146
Gestures With and Without Props155
Exercises for Integrating Gesture with Movement and Text162
Scene Analysis165
Acting, Text, Voice, and Movement: A Synthesis168
Character Analysis/Worksheet169
Appendix AA Vocal Warm-Up173
Appendix BA Partial List of Writings on the Art of Deportment in the Restoration Era179
Appendix CA Partial List of Restoration and Eighteenth-Century Comedies181

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