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Click for availability and more information Theater, by David Mamet
Forget everything you ever heard about theater from the likes of Stanislavski, Adler or Strasburg! American playwright David Mamet presents a simpler acting system in Theater. Mamet admits his philosophy can be considered "heretical", but he believes all you need is a playwright and the actor(s) to engage the audience - which is the whole purpose of the play. He writes that the Director just gets in the way. Once the Director sets the blocking, he should let the actors perform using their own interpretation. Surprisingly, Mamet gets political, talking about Totalitarian Theater (State-sponsored Theater used to indoctrinate the public) versus Free-Market Theater, which he calls "true" theater. Since the State pays for theater in a Totalitarian regime, it uses the media to reinforce propaganda and exercise thought control. Free-market theater is paid for by the audience and is truly free speech. Mamet also warns about using a very ornate set that might draw the audience's attention from the play text. He feels that the Director does not need to interpret the script, or tell actors how to think and act. Good actors know the best way to perform the scene. He makes a strong case for no Director. I must admit, I was very skeptical at first, but Mamet makes a lot of sense. Whether you're an actor or part of the audience, I recommend this book highly because it will really open your eyes - whether you're an expert or not. It's sometimes technical, but it's well worth the effort.

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