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Acting Solo: The Art of One-Man Shows
A cast of one: an actor's dream - or an actor's nightmare? An exploration of the one-person show, from its disreputable origins in 18th century England to Ruth Draper's monologues and the development of such popular shows as Julie Harris' The Belle of Amherst, John Gielgud's Ages of Man, Hal Holbrook's Mark Twain Tonight! and Spalding Gray's outlandish Swimming to Cambodia ...more
Paperback, 214 pages
Published January 1st 1990 by Moonstone Press
(first published 1989)
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The first thing you need to know about this book is that it's not a guide on how to act on stage alone (or solo, as the title suggests, and as I thought upon buying the book). It is actually a collection of stories of people who put on all sorts of solo performances. Being involved in a solo show myself, these stories were informative and somewhat educational and being an actor in general, they were highly entertaining. I'd recommend it, although I think they should have named it differently.