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Spends too much time complaining.
on 9 June 2016
Like many acting teachers, David Mamet spends more than half his time talking about how terrible all other acting teachers are, and how all other methods are a complete waste of time.
Then after about half the book he starts to give some not very well explained tips (which anyway I think come from Meisner,) such as, keep your attention outside of yourself, do the scene ‘as if’ it were something important and personal to you, etc etc.
He admits he wanted to be an actor but wasn't very good. (Would you give advice to violin players if you were never very good?)
The book is well written (hence two stars), but the content is disappointing.
Hopefully elsewhere he writes about writing, since that is what he is good at.