- Series: The Applause Acting Series
- Paperback: 278 pages
- Publisher: Applause Theatre & Cinema Books (October 1, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9781557837004
- ISBN-13: 978-1557837004
- ASIN: 1557837007
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.7 x 7.8 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 8 customer reviews
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One on One: The Best Women's Monologues for the 21st Century (The Applause Acting Series) Paperback – October 1, 2007
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Joyce Henry is professor emeritus of Theatre & Communications at Ursinus College, Philadelphia.
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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.
-a clear need
-active, present voice (not a re-told story)
-an arc or change
The majority of the monologues in this book fall into the undesirable categories of stories, phone conversations (?? ive never seen a compilation with so many completely un-actable phone conversations. YOU CANNOT BRING THIS INTO AN AUDITION!), and one-directional rants. I've read many books under the Applause Books heading, but this is honestly one of the weakest. A poor, poor collection of mostly unusable monologues.
I actually had better luck finding monologues online.