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Interesting reading, but uncompelling performance-wise,
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This review is from: One on One: The Best Womens Monologues for the 21st Century (Applause Acting) (Paperback)
As an actor myself, I have leafed through tons of monologues, plays, and monologue/scene collections. I'm always trying to find works that have strong performance potential (i.e. I can easily put the piece into action or a clear, high-stakes objective), don't make the female a victim, and pieces that aren't overused. So, I bought this book greatly looking forward for some fresh new material.
And well, the material
*is* new... fresh? Eh? This is what disappointed me:
- Many of the monologues are simply not riveting or do not lend themselves to a great amount of clear, focused action: there are mostly memory-monologues (characters talking about something past) or story-monologues (again, characters stuck in the past)
- Too many pieces are characters talking on the phone to another character... and these are the 'best' monologues you could come up with? I understand technology is prevalent, but in an audition situation, I don't think it gives the actor (or the auditor for that matter) much to go on.
On the PRO side however, I think there is a good variety of monologues of women in varying ages, backgrounds, and ethnicities.
The monologues in this book could work well perhaps in a character study for a class, or perhaps for film, but if you're looking for a piece that is going to help you act ACTIONS rather than act EMOTIONS, keep on looking.