STRASBERG AT THE ACTORS STUDIO by Robert H. -- Ed. Hethmon

STRASBERG AT THE ACTORS STUDIO

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KIRKUS REVIEW

There will be a wide audience waiting for this chance to decipher some of the mystery of the enigmatic Actor's Studio but this remains an intricate, complex reference and work book for the actor who is already familiar with the concept of the ""Method."" Mr. Hethmon has compiled this book from a series of tapes, a ""record of progress"" of the Acting Unit of the Studio. There is a brief description of the Studio itself, its conception, founders and a short biography of Strasberg. The structure of the book is loosely related to the various problems of acting. Blurbs describe the actor and/or scene and introduce criticism and dialogues, i.e. ""WW is with talent of kind, but obviously undisciplined and with strong personal problems."" The major problem is similar to that of reading a play; the reader loses out on the immediacy of the situation. But the ideas are there and one just hopes that Strasberg will eventually attempt the more concise method of writing. The uninitiated should read Stanislavski first, listen to Strasberg second.

Pub Date: Sept. 3rd, 1965
Publisher: Viking