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Wig Making and Styling: A Complete Guide for Theatre & Film
Wig Making and Styling: A Complete Guide for Theatre & Film
by Martha Ruskai
Edition: Paperback

5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AT LONG LAST!!! A PROFESSIONAL book on wig making and styling!, 11 Sept. 2010
I have long searched for a professionally written, richly illustrated book on wigmaking conceived for someone who is seriously interested in the subject. I am happy to announce that THIS IS IT!. There is simply no comparison between this book and others that purport to deal with the same rare subject matter. While any book can contain useful information for absolute beginners, this is the first one that is structured like a proper course, starting with a glossary of terminology related to the art of wigmaking and its tools, continuing with detailed step by step lessons and how-to's in wig construction, offering fundamentals in styling and maintenance and closing with a very exhaustive description of the various tasks facing the professional wigmaker in the context of a film or theater production, and even advice on how to find work in one. As a bonus, you can register online to view a very useful video tutorials and more how-to guides.

The only less than ideal aspect of the book is its paperback format. A hardcover would have made it much more durable given that fact that it's a practical manual. Also, a companion DVD would have been wonderful. As the online tutorials show, video really does help understand many passages.

PRACTICAL ADVICE:

-If you are looking for a guide on period styles, please be aware that this is not it: the concern of the author is to teach the basics to realize any style using wigs (including, for once, the secret behind the incredible 1700's styles), but the scope of the book does not include a period by period how-to, which you can find elsewhere.

-If you are only marginally interested in the subject, and are just looking for tips on how to manage hair in your own amateur theater production, you may find this a little daunting. In that case you may want to opt for "Hair & Wigs for the Stage" by Rosemarie Swinfield, but there is no comparison with the wealth of information you find here, and unless you are an absolute beginner I would choose this book with no doubts.

In conclusion we owe a big THANK YOU to Miss Ruskai, Miss Lowery and Focal Press, for finally filling in a gaping hole in wig literature.


Taboo - The Musical [DVD]
Taboo - The Musical [DVD]
Dvd ~ Boy George

17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Taboo 3 disc Edition: A comprehensive Review, 1 Sept. 2005
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This review is from: Taboo - The Musical [DVD] (DVD)
WHY BUY IT:

Taboo is a not-so-little show with a big heart. This video recording preserves the wonderful feeling and the excellent performance of the cast during the West End run of the show (I was lucky to see the same performers that appear on this video). It also represents the only chance to hear the excellent score written by Boy George in its original arrangement for the stage. It is a MUST HAVE for at least three kinds of people: fans of musical theatre, fans of Boy George and fans of British pop culture in the eighties. However, I have to rate it four stars due to the technical faults of this release.

THIS EDITION:
The packaging design in general is somewhat elegant, but looks like a bootleg nonetheless. There are typos on the cover (Mr Sallon will be a little pissed of at the mispelling of his name)and even on the menus. The scene selection page looks pretty poor, the individual icons are too small and there is no song or scene title.

THE MAIN SHOW:
The picture of the main show has a weird "elongated" look on a standard TV, as if the aspect ratio wasn't quite right, creating a strange slimming effect on people (no need for that George, we love you just the weight you are!). The biggest problem however is the audio, sounding as if it was taped from a boom mike in the room rather than from the soundborad. This makes a lot of the slang-rich dialogue very hard to understand, especially for non British English speakers, and the absence of subtitles does not help either.

THE SPECIAL FEATURES:
These are many and make buying the three disc edition worthwhile, even though almost all the featurettes start and finish with no hint of titles or credits.
There is a long and very insightful interview with George, interesting footage from a Leigh Bowery installation, a very funny video of the song "Ich bin Kunst" shot at George's Hampstead home, and other live performances and out takes. The funniest extra feature, although too brief, has to be the footage of George prancing around London in his Leigh Bowery outfit, scaring and amusing people.

IN CONCLUSION:
Perhaps the techincal shortcomings are part of the charm of this show, and what matters is the wonderful humour and honesty that pervades the whole production and that made it a success to begin with.


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