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Product Details

  • Paperback: 158 pages
  • Publisher: Drama Publishers/Quite Specific Media; 1 edition (August 30, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0896762521
  • ISBN-13: 978-0896762527
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 4.5 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,133 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Publisher

This new book just released by Drama Publishers gathers together -- for the first time -- the acting community’s –- formerly — secret lists of action words and makes them available in an organized and comprehensive format.

From the Author

ACTIONS is primarily for actors:
for established professionals and beginners alike;
for students or amateur actors;
for those with training and those without.

ACTIONS can also be useful:
for music theatre performers;
for actors wrestling with audition speeches;
for those who have to breathe life into a one-dimensional television or radio commercial;
or for those who have been performing a play for months and need to reinvigorate their performance.


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For any actor, this book will be useful.
Moray Maxwell
I am already finding this book very helpful in teaching my beginning level acting students how to choose active verbs for their tactic choices!
Kathleen M. Kelly
If I don't know quite what I am looking for I can look up the type of action I am looking for and go from there.
Alley McNally

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Jody TOP 500 REVIEWER on August 12, 2008
Format: Paperback
"Actions" is the perfect size to carry around, and I've found it invaluable in preparing for auditions as well as fleshing out a role. The juice in this book is in the concept of characterizing a theatrical beat in one action word. Since theater is visual, it is critical for an actor to physically demonstrate the inner workings of the character, and this book is a great jumping off point. I did purchase a pocket size thesaurus to use with it, since on several occasions this book did not contain the exact word I was looking for. I've played four widely different roles since acquiring this book, and consider the hours I've spent looking for that perfect "aha!" word well worthwhile. I'm making much more confident acting choices, and I think my characters are more assured, clearly defined and authentic. Highly recommended!
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Yolanda E. Fleischer on December 5, 2007
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I'm an acting teacher in the theatre department at a university. I've found one of the biggest problems for actors was naming their goal/objective/victory...whatever you want to call it...and coming up with tactics that were compelling and ACTABLE. This book offers a goldmine of ideas for actors. Now, hopefully, they can move on from "convince" and "avoid"!!!

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A. E. Wiese on January 17, 2007
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This book makes it so much easier to clarify your actions and your goals when acting. It was introduced to me by a director and our whole cast bought copies and use them all the time. I highly recomend it!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Marie Farrell on October 27, 2009
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This book was suggested by my current Acting coach on the first day of class. After one week I hadn't gotten it because I know tons of action verbs and I had written my own little booklet about them years ago in college so I had the info & thought I was fine. Then I realized my current coach is a genius and that this book is invaluable to all actors. I ordered it & I use it all the time. Actions plus a dictionary are two books all actors should carry with them every day. You might think that you want to manipulate someone in your scene, but you can't keep using manipulate on every line! If it didn't work the first time you need to try something else like coerce, taunt, trick, tease, jab, lure..... the list goes on. And it's really well organized so you can search by categories or alphabetically. And each word (like Manipulate) has a list of other verbs that might suit your action better. I'm so thrilled this book exists! I've only had it about a month or so & have merely cracked the surface so I know I'll be using it a very long time! Well worth the price no matter what you pay for it!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mangostan on January 23, 2012
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This book is such a great idea, but it would be AMAZING to have a version for Kindle or to have an app so that I can carry it around with me all the time.

I use it for directing actors. Absolutely invaluable.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Dancing Maiden on September 11, 2007
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This book is wonderful as a reference when trying to find the perfect action to express your intentions and achieve your objective in the scene. It won't be too helpful if you're not sure what action to start with at all, but if you have a sense of the action you are looking for, this thesaurus will help you find the strongest choice. I will carry this with me at all times.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Keith Moser on December 16, 2012
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Every actor should own this. It's such a great help when making your beats for a scene especially when you have an idea for how your character should be reacting but want to add some different flavors to the scene (I don't know about you, but I always fell back on the same dozen or so actions before this book). The actions are organized in a few different ways throughout the book, so there's always an easy way to find what you're looking for
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Miriam Tabb on January 9, 2007
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This book is great! It helps so much with building my action vocabulary so I can break down scenes easier, quicker, more specifically, and more imaginatively! I love it! I used to dread figuring out the actions. It was like talking in another language for me, but now it's fun. I should write a letter to the publisher for an updated version with even more juicy action verbs. I figure it's a good book for beginning acting students to get so they build a good foundation. In fact every actor should have it. The words are written in British English, so words like tantalize is spelled with an s - not a problem, just figured I'd mention it.
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