But True and False does not confine itself to the work done on the actual stage. Its brief essays contain sound advice on how an actor might apply himself or herself to the life of the actor: the proper consideration due the audition process, the selection of parts that one accepts, and so on. Mamet delivers these kernels of wisdom in the taut, no-nonsense prose for which he is justifiably famous, and, ultimately, his core principles are applicable beyond the theater. "Speak up, speak clearly, open yourself out, relax your body, find a simple objective," he instructs. "Practice in these goals is practice in respect for the audience, and without respect for the audience, there is no respect for the theater; there is only self-absorption." Substitute "others" for "the audience" and "life" for "the theater," and could any Taoist say it better? --Ron Hogan --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Valuable insights by America's Best Dramatist -Playwright - DirectorPublished 4 months ago by Pasquale Moscatello
Found Mamet's views refreshing and full of candor. Had heard much about his views re: get out acting of school.... Read morePublished 5 months ago by ocean view
I am a retired engineering manager who is studying improv at the Groundlings in Hollywood. When I recently hit a roadblock in my studies because I had zero acting training, I began... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Walt Grassl
A delicious rant against method acting and theater schools, but that's about it. Mamet takes a Director's view that the role of the actor is to be in the moment and deliver the... Read morePublished 10 months ago by L. King
I really enjoyed reading this book, I just think Mamet is overstating his argument. It's just not accurate to say that everything that came out of Stanislavsky and his subsequent... Read morePublished 15 months ago by BA from CT
I read some of the book but it just sounds like an opinion of one persons views about acting. So it was an interesting viewpoint form him.Published 15 months ago by Animelover212
Fascinating insights and common sense from one of the great writer-directors of contemporary theatre. Always clear and concise. A master-class.Published 20 months ago by vasilios