To the Actor: On the Technique of Acting


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2014 Reprint of 1952 Edition. Full facsimile of the original edition, not reproduced with Optical Recognition Software. Chekov has recorded the results of his many years of experimenting, testing and verifying in the professional theater and schools of theater. He brings to the actor far greater insight into himself and the character he is to portray, which enables him to approach any role with new ease and skill. Chekhov was told by Stanislawsky to organize his observations and thoughts and present them to his audience. ...

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Sep 13, 2007

a most excellant method alternative

I had to read this book (along with 28 others) as preparation for acting grad school. It was by far my favorite acting text. It provides a most compelling alternative to "the Method" and other techniques that rely so heavily on the the mining of one's past and his/her personal psychology in creating a role. There are many techniques out there and no serious actor now days subscribes to one and only one, but Chekhov's focus on the power of the imagination appealed greatly to my own sense of adventure and convinced me that acting really can be a creative art form and not just self-therapy.

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