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Stella Adler on Ibsen, Strindberg, and Chekhov Hardcover – March 23, 1999
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Her goal is to get the actor (or director, for that matter) to understand the absolute criticality of getting at the heart and soul of any play and any of the roles (characters) within. In the case of any playwright, Stella Adler points out through wonderful examples that one must not only seek to understand a playwright, but also the time in which he or she lived, all in addition to the time period within the play itself.
Her vibrant soulful expression of the material seems connected itself with grasping the material. She's does not mull over reams of boring details of fringe intellectual material, but rather she's full of uncompromising excitement and clarity about how the material of Ibsen, Strindberg, and Chekhov is full of issues which have stakes that are no different than the sort of dilemma's people deal with today. Yes, some standards and things are different, but that's part of what she helps one to overcome. From what she conveys, I walked away from the book having deep passions for what the different characters had to deal with.
Before I read this book, I had no clue who Ibsen, Strindberg, or Chekhov were. When I got this book, I also picked up a copy of each of the plays she discusses. They were distant to me at first, but I'm grateful I didn't shy away.Read more ›
Great editing of her lectures as well - her unique voice can never be replicated, but this book comes damned close!
Stella Adler is simply brilliant! Wonderful! Nothing more needs to be said.
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Witty and wonderful insight into three great playwrights and the acting techniques needed to play in them!Published 10 months ago by MARCIA Y. MESSING
This book is vital for actors. Stella is so articulate and brilliant. Learning about these authors takes your work to another level.Published on September 18, 2013 by Chiara Chavez
Adler is one of the theater's greatest teachers and this book of her 'lectures' illuminates the greatest playwrights of our time. If you love the theater you will love this book.Published on June 20, 2013 by Rosie
OOHHH!!!! the self-lubricating undulations arising from chewing on another way of seeing things. Patterns, social, mental, emotional which are respected and tamed.. Read morePublished on January 3, 2013 by Charles H Lawrence