A long hard look at theatrical reality rudely brushes away cobwebs of stardust without cynically dampening the dreams of would-be thespians. A book for all determined youngsters interested in the theatre, this defines the role of each contributor from actor to producers, from director to stage manager, and establishes sympathy for each aspect of theatre work. The emphasis however is on the performer. Here is sound advice on what pitfalls to avoid and how to recognize a deadend as well as on the excruciating daily tasks of pounding pavements, making rounds and gaining proficiency in one's craft. There are useful addresses (of New York residence clubs, trade papers, production offices etc.) and careful analyses of what to expect. There are many illustrative anecdotes but a surprising earth of direct interviews with established professionals. Tony Randall (whose advice is helpful enough) seems to be this author's prime contact. The staggering odds against attaining that moment of glory are enough to intimidate all but the most gifted and nacious teenagers who will read this, reevaluate their goals and continue to persevere.