From Library Journal
Bogart (directing, Columbia Univ.) is the artistic director of the SITI Company, an ensemble-based theater company that she founded with Tadshi Suzuki. Her book is aimed at the practitioner but has value for the avid theater goer as well. What we see on stage, as a whole, is a culmination of bits and pieces, steps forward and backward, as a work of "art" is created and then presented. In each essay, Bogart discusses one of seven concepts violence, memory, terror, eroticism, stereotype, embarrassment, and resistance that can work as an obstruction or catalyst to this creative process. The concepts themselves are thought-provoking, and Bogart's text is even more so. For Bogart, these concepts incite energy (positive or negative) that both actors and director absorb and radiate. One suspects that the energy acts on the viewer (and reader) as well. A quote by Jeanette Winterson on the first page clearly illustrates Bogart's passion and love of the theater experience: "Art is the burning bush that both shelters and makes visible our profounder longings." For all theater collections. Susan L. Peters, Univ. of Texas Medical Branch on Galveston
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No Instructions, No Theory, No Intimate Personal Revelations: Just Some Pith Observations, Lively Vignettes and Deeply Held Beliefs from One Accomplished Director.
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Open this short clutch of essays by Anne Bogart, and you will set loose a thousand passions, principles and debates to keep you and your friends up at night over a bottle of booze...We will all find something to disagree with in this book, but Bogart knows that this is necessary and good. Her essays will nuture, provoke, instruct and encourage for years to come.
David Herskovits, Artistic Director, Target Margin Theater
The concepts themselves are thought-provoking, and Bogart's text is even more so.
Susan Peters, Library Journal, November 2001
In A Director Prepares: Seven Essays on Art and Theatre, [Bogart] provides insight into her own artistic development, while offering straightforward advice to both the novice and the experienced director...[She] offers directors both inspirational and practical solutions to common problems.
Bogart has undeniably distinguished herself as a superior director, and with this pubication, she is successful in providing a practical text that encourages self-discipline, experimentation, and artistic growth among theatre practitioners.
Carrie Kathryn Lee, Bowling Green State University Modern Drama, Spring 2002