On Directing

On Directing

by Harold Clurman
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On Directing by Harold Clurman

“A straightforward, tasteful, and articulate account of what it is to bring a play to palpitating life upon a stage” (The New York Times Book Review).

In this classic guide to directing, we are taken logically from the choice of the play right through ever aspect of its production to performances and beyond. Harold Clurman, director of such memorable productions as A Member of the Wedding and Uncle Vanya, describes the pleasures and perils of working with such celebrated playwrights and actors as Marlon Brando, Arthur Miller, Julie Harris, and Lillian Hellman. He also presents his own directing notes for ten of his best-known productions.

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ISBN-13: 9780684826226
Publisher: Touchstone
Publication date: 04/28/1997
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 802,042
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.43(h) x 1.10(d)

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On Directing 2.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Biblical_Scholar More than 1 year ago
As an amateur, producting and directing fully-staged readings at my church twice a year, I found it tended to support my preconceptions of how to approach directing. It also provided a lot of insight into how professional Broadway theater works, and the effort that is required to do such a venue. For the professional, I would guess this would not be a particularly useful read, though possibly entertaining or provocative. Don't buy it to find out how to do directing. However, it is a pretty good overview of how to approach directing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book gives an inside look into directing. Not by only by a director but a teacher as well. Harold Clurman has directed many successful plays and shares his insight with the reader. The chapters are designed to explore his 'technique' and challenges the reader explore casting, character analysis, rehearsals, etc. This helpful book is a great read for aspiring directors, like myself, or anyone already working in the field. Clurman's humor is woven through the book through his use of anecdotes and examples. An enjoyable, insightful read.