TRAINING AN ACTOR by Sonia Moore

TRAINING AN ACTOR

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Miss Moore is one of the leading proponents of the Stanislavski system and this is one of the rare books in which it makes exquisite sense (Miss Moore's recorded sessions are far more explicit than the jumbled tapes from Strasberg at the Actors Studio). She is one of the translators of Stanislavski's later work (relatively unassimilated by many method teachers) and her explanation of his ""greatest discovery""--psychophysical behavior--could be the basis for concise training in this country. In the twenty-four classes recorded here, she takes the young actors from improvisation to truth, discipline, control with exercises, scene study, character preparation. It's fascinating to follow the increasing awareness and developing sensibilities of these youngsters as they learn to ""achieve on stage a state of subconscious creativity, which is inspiration."" It's interesting to note that Miss Moore is totally anti the toilet training technique that some studios encourage (ripping off one's clothes to demonstrate one's freedom, etc.). She emphasizes that ""Artists must develop their artistic taste."" Responsible, responsive guidance that should become a must for actors and teachers alike.

Pub Date: Nov. 19th, 1968
Publisher: Viking