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The Big Book of Moliere Monologues: Hilarious Performance Pieces From Our Greatest Comic Playwright Paperback – February 14, 2012
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About the Author
Timothy Mooney, author of the new acting textbook "Acting at the Speed of Life; Conquering Theatrical Style" (described as an "exceedingly valuable... essential resource" by the Theatre Library Association) has given over a hundred thousand students their first introduction to Molière through his one-man play, "Molière Than Thou," which he now presents alongside his new one-man Shakespeare play, "Lot o' Shakespeare" (featuring one monologue from every Shakespeare play). Mr. Mooney is the former founder and editor of The Script Review and was the Artistic Director of Chicago's Stage Two Theatre, where he produced nearly fifty plays in five years. When Stage Two turned to the classics, Mr. Mooney found himself writing new versions of the plays of Molière, with an impish sense of rhyme. He has now written seventeen iambic pentameter variations of the plays of Molière, produced around the world. High School productions of Mr. Mooney's "The Misanthrope," "The Miser," "The Imaginary Invalid," and "Tartuffe" have gone on to state finals in Massachusetts, Wisconsin, Virginia, North Carolina and Alabama, while his "Doctor in Spite of Himself," took third place in the Scottish Community Drama Association National Festival, and was a finalist at Italy's Sanremo Global Education Festival. Mr. Mooney continues to present his one-man shows across North America, including visits to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, where he has presented both Moliere Than Thou and Lot o' Shakespeare, as well as festival presentations around the United States and Canada. His newest one-man play, "The Greatest Speech of All Time," will be opening in May, 2012.
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Before Mr. Mooney's performance, I knew neither hide nor hair of Moliere, but I soon found myself enthusiastically reading biographies of him and his plays; I was eager to have more. This book provided me the perfect accompaniment to my study of research of Moliere - it has a fabulous collection of some of Moliere's most hilarious pieces written creatively for the current actor. The book not only worked well for me with my Moliere quest, but also provides a large source of audition pieces (when they say Big Book of Moliere Monologues, they mean BIG).
The book covers a broad sweep of Moliere's plays and gives descriptions about each character and piece presented, although as an aspiring actor myself I do suggest one read the whole play before performing the monologues for an audition. This book can however help you find the perfect monologue for multiple purposes before you go searching through every single play out there.
Overall, a wonderful book that presents truly some of the funniest pieces I have read. Albeit presenting a small challenge to those not used to Moliere, this book provides a good introduction and explanation of how to approach his pieces.
Highly suggested for fans of classical comedy and actors who wish to gain an edge on the acting world. Enjoy!
If you are an actor, GET THIS BOOK and USE IT! Mooney's insight on the featured monologues will help you impress at classical auditions and when working with material from the 17th Century.
If you aren't an actor, but you're interested in Moliere, get it! Mooney's insightful descriptions into the source material and the life of the man himself are illuminating. I learned so much just watching his show at the 2012 Orlando Fringe Festival and reading his book afterward. It's a great value and is packed full of information, yet it's a manageable volume.
My major is psychology and acting isn't my biggest passion; however, I can never turn down one of Tim Mooney's performances. Moliere Than Thou, one of his many one-man plays, will keep you on the edge of your chair, with chills and laughter, throughout his entire show. If you can get him to perform at your school, DO IT! DO IT, DO IT, DO IT!!!