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"This marvelous collection of material, assembled and arranged by Jan Cohen-Cruz and Mady Schutzman, truly goes from the entry level--sort of Basic Boal--to extremely interesting practical applications that are very useful. It also addresses with great vigour the broader political and social questions raised by Boal's work. This collection is urgently welcome."
-Douglas L. Paterson, Chair of the Department of Dramatic Arts, University of Nebraska at Omaha
"This book is a necessary and timely addition to the study of the range of theatre techniques known as "Theatre of the Oppressed" and its founder, the Brazilian theatre director and political activist, Augusto Boal. It tries to accommodate both those completely new to "Theatre of the Oppressed" as well as those engaged in a more detailed professional and/or academic involvement with the work."
-"Theatre Research International
"This book is a must for anyone concerned about performance in conjunction with politics, activism, therapy, and/or community work--or for anyone interested in the application of theory to performance practice."
-"Theatre Insight

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5.0 out of 5 stars It takes a brave soul to read this book 13 Feb. 2014
By Margaret Ann Simmons - Published on Amazon.com
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And a braver one to act on it. Boal and those who believe in the power of action produced wrenching exercises based on trust and a belief in the right of activism. He was the kind of visionary whose belief in what is right flew out and beyond his native land and into rehearsal halls, classrooms and public places encircling the world. If more could open their doors, and hearts, to Boal's theories of and engagement with theater, oh my! What a bright shining world it would be.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Don't got TOO excited 14 May 2007
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Not the book I had hoped it woud be. Though I do not have my copy infront of me from what I can remember I wasn't too impressed. After delving a little deeper into the book it became clear that I wasn't going to find what I was looking for (clear examples of what Boal does) in my research. This seemed to be one of those books where someone wanted to be published so they "edited" a bunch of articles written by others so everybody gets a book under their belt and everyone wine. Not so fast future book buyer. You don't win. Stick to the books pened by Boal himself. He is actually a wonderfull author, very clear, and you will probibly find answers to all your questions. Start with Boal first. This isn't a bad book! This is just not a great place to start if you are just discovering Boal.
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