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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.
This book was written for actors. Since I am not an actor, I'm really not qualified to speak to whether or not reading True and False would be helpful to a member of the intended... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Michael G.
This book is life changing. Seriously. I find myself thinking about it, when I'm called upon to just behave in real life. Read morePublished 1 month ago by N. Moore
Jay Mohr said this book was the best acting book ever written. I thought it was ok. I'm not an actor, but this book did make me laugh at all the ridiculous techniques actors use,... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Lou Storiale
This book is GREAT!! Not just for actors, but anyone who performs on stage in front of a REAL audience.
Great book, not only for professionals, for every movie lovers. DirectorPublished 8 months ago by Marek Brodzki