Process: An Improviser's Journey
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Process: An Improviser's Journey

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Author, teacher, and improviser Michael Gellman was given a mission by Del Close himself: “[T]o create improvised one-act plays of literary quality from scratch.” Already steeped in the world of improvisation, he took it upon himself to do this, in the form of a class for other improvisers in which they would build the skills necessary to execute such a seemingly tall orde...more
Paperback, 184 pages
Published December 19th 2007 by Northwestern University Press
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Nov 24, 2009 Jake rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Actors
Recommended to Jake by: Actor
Shelves: drama, women-authors
As I sat in a scrappy backyard, watching my neighbor attempt to smoke away his life anxieties, he said to me, “You should do improv.” “I should,” came my patronizing reply.

He sipped his beer, perhaps not detecting the initial half-heartedness in my reply. “Right now my whole focus is finding away to fall back in love with the work.” By work, he meant professional acting. My neighbor and fellow actor proceeded to tell me about taking classes at Second City in Chicago, about the artistic wonder of...more
Sad little book (not in a a good way).

This book teaches a lot of simple lessons, so simple in fact, you may consider them common sense. It's really nothing more than a children's book dressed up in adult's clothing.

Clearly, this book was written out of the necessity to make money, rather than the necessity to provide any valuable information. And if the goal was entertainment, then I'm bored.
Corina Anghel
Cartea e scrisa foarte "artistic", nu e doar un manual ci o poveste interesanta despre un grup de personaje prin ale caror ganduri si trairi ajungi sa intelegi mai bine teoria. O idee interesanta de a prezenta modul de desfasurare al unui workshop si invataturile din el.
This is a really nice text on how to build an improvised one-act told from a student's perspective a la An Actor Prepares

To be honest, I haven't finished it simply because of time. But I liked what I read.
Ray Charbonneau
Fictionalized experience of an improviser taking classes - shows rather than tells, and the different viewpoint helps teach.
Eric Rickey
Mar 24, 2011 Eric Rickey marked it as noted-not-read
Part of a Second City class I found interesting.
The perfect book for a rising improviser.
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