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on 9 August 2017
A fabulous book considering the nature of acting written concisely by a modern master. More of a 'manifesto' on how to approach the craft and the life of a working actor. I would encourage all people interested in the profession to give it a read - you may disagree with some things, but there will be others that you find really useful. And with a very short page length it's easy and accessible to read. The only criticism I have is that Mr Mamet ends with some gratuitous 'name dropping' at the very end of the book. I completely understand the context of why he includes these examples - but his point had been clearly and elegantly made without the necessity of these inclusions. Came close to undercutting so many great assertions he'd made. But take this with a grain of salt and you'll be rewarded for giving this book a read.
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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.
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on 30 December 2012
I've worked professionally as an actor for years but have only recently got round to reading this book - I wish someone had handed it to me sooner. It's a really insightful view into the practicalities of living and working as an actor and it strips back so many of those frustrating and pretentious ideas that are so often bandied around the theatre world. Down to earth and refreshing. If you perform, write or direct please read this.
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on 10 May 2018
The greatness of this book says more than I could ever attempt to do. This is a great product at a good price swiftly expedited.
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on 8 August 2016
A book which was hightly recommended to read by a lecture, as a training actor i found it useful to read and will be rereading it through out my life. Some of it i felt was contradictory to what we are learning but makes sense when looked at on a bigger picture. arrived on time and the condition was good.
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on 23 February 2016
Mamet has some great points. He is a bit shouty at times and idealistic about the life of an artist but mostly he's probably right.
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on 18 July 2015
First you think Mamet is just too angry and wants to appropriate the craft of theatre from the actor and put everything in the writer's hands but on a closer look, Mamet is a writer who (finally) takes responsibility for the play and frees the actor to do her job. He is a playwright who understands that actors can never rescue bad writing. It is too late. He cuts through a lot of crap and true to promise, tells the truth, invents nothing, denies nothing.
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on 22 October 2016
Provocative and laugh-out-loud refreshing, Mamet has his own agenda when it comes to what he thinks of actors and actor training.
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on 8 April 2012
probably the best book on acting/training/auditioning i have ever read. really encouraging, iinformative, inspirational and motivational. Buy it. read it. love i. i promise you!
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on 27 April 2014
Mamet is a genius: perceptive, bold, intelligent and intuitive. Every director, as well as every actor, should read this book.
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