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When you mention this book to actors, you tend to get a fairly similar response. One normally easy going actor to whom I casually mentioned it, turned to me and quite genuinely ordered me to burn it. His eyes were so fierce, that had I been carrying a copy of the book, I would have gladly yielded it up to him for his burning pleasure.

The truth is that there is a lot to be gained from reading this book. An insightful, albeit ironic line coming from the man who seems to be yelling at you as you read. He carelessly tosses Stanislavsky, widely regarded as being the inventor of modern acting, out the window in one brash sentence.

This is strange, as throughout the book he seemingly misinterprets what these major figures and fundamental acting concepts are about, and most of his own remarks are analogous with many of those he has written off in previous chapters. His resounding idea is that one should learn from the theatre and above all, from the audience, which I think is a crucial and significant statement.

Yet having slandered drama school in the first three pages, I wondered where these theatres are that will welcome actors off the street to perform in their productions. His motivations, I believe, are genuine: to take actors back to what is important, that is, you and the audience. And I concur that acting nowadays is, and is likely to continue to be, unfortunately based more on image than skill — looking good and having that protein shake every morning is seemingly more important than truly being able to excite an audience.

They placed more value on commercial success than acting great roles. Do you want to burn this book or drop out of acting school immediately? Let us know your thoughts in a reply below…. He vaguely calls himself an actor, and unwittingly runs one of the biggest acting websites in the world. Daily Rituals Book Review. An Actor Prepares by Constantin Stanislavski.

It is a simple, real and practicable technique. I think the advice in this book is great for film auditioning. Practical Aesthetics is the way to go for me!

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Search terms:. This was a blast after reading drier, technique-based books on acting. A one paragraph summary would be:. Most acting teachers are frauds. An actor must simply deliver the lines given by the author. And be brave.

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When you mention this book to actors, you tend to get a fairly similar response. One normally easy going actor to whom I casually mentioned it, turned to me and quite genuinely ordered me to burn it. His eyes were so fierce, that had I been carrying a copy of the book, I would have gladly yielded it up to him for his burning pleasure. The truth is that there is a lot to be gained from reading this book. An insightful, albeit ironic line coming from the man who seems to be yelling at you as you read. He carelessly tosses Stanislavsky, widely regarded as being the inventor of modern acting, out the window in one brash sentence. This is strange, as throughout the book he seemingly misinterprets what these major figures and fundamental acting concepts are about, and most of his own remarks are analogous with many of those he has written off in previous chapters.

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