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Letters to a Young Actor: A Universal Guide to Performance

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The founder and director of the Yale Repertory Theater, as well as Harvard's American Repertory Theater, and the drama critic for The New Republic for going on thirty years, Robert Brustein is a living legend in theatrical circles. In Letters to a Young Actor, he not only seeks to inspire the multitudes of struggling dramatists out pounding the pavement, but also to reinvi...more
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published February 1st 2005 by Basic Books (first published January 31st 2005)
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This book is geared mainly towards young stage actors. While not outwardly critical it's also not very complimentary towards film/tv and musical theatre, treating them as pesky but tolerable nuisance. That irked me a lot because I studied musical theatre but stayed in LA to go into the film industry. But whatever.

If you're looking for a book about how to act, this isn't it. If you're looking for a book that will help you prepare for your career this is okay, but there are better ones out there....more
Hrmmm... a very nice book, and Robert Brustein comes off as a great guy to work for. But ultimately, his "practical" advice is mostly delivered with fairly rose colored glasses on. The resident regional acting company system doesn't really exist much of anywhere anymore, so it all must be taken with a grain of salt. What if the system of employing actors in theatre was really the ideal he describes? Then this book would probably be full of great advice. Except for the part about how everyone nee...more
Jon Clausen
Brustein always reads a bit snobbish, but he has the chops and the experience to back that up.

He doesn't spend much time on technique or "method" but his book discusses what so many others fail to address: living life as an actor - both professionally and non-profit.
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