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The Player's Passion: Studies in the Science of Acting

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Explores the historical and cultural evolution of the theoretical language of the stage
Paperback, 256 pages
Published August 5th 1993 by University of Michigan Press (first published 1985)
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Brian Willis
May 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
One of the very best books ever written about the art and craft (and yes, the science) of acting. This groundbreaking study traces the evolution of acting theory and technique from the sixteenth century to the time of Stanislavski and details how practitioners and philosophers talked about how actors portrayed passion and emotion on stage. This may sound potentially dry, but it's not. It's utterly fascinating and illuminating. It covers the philosophy of the humors in the Renaissance, man as ...more
Michael Meeuwis
Jun 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A book that makes me smarter every time I reread it. The basic idea to treat paradigms of acting as responding to scientific paradigms is one of those "obvious but then no-one else thought of it first" ideas; but the book itself is endlessly learned, digressive, and interesting. This time around, I maybe found the last sections, on contemporary theater, to be less strong than what comes before it; the book's real heart is in the seventeenth through nineteenth centuries, which is a fine place to ...more
kyle
Feb 28, 2009 added it
I loved this book. A fascinating exploration of the connections between scientific understanding of emotion and expression and acting theory for several hundred years. Wicked smart.
Lawrence
Apr 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: criticism, plays
A wonderful and thorough grounding in scientific and theatrical paradigms of the past.
Sherry
Jul 20, 2011 rated it really liked it
This is an excellent book that tells the story of theatre through the history of Acting and Acting Theory. It is clear, easy to read and comprehend.
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