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21. Theater Games for the Classroom: A Teacher's Handbook
by Viola Spolin
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Catlog: Book (1986-07-01)
Publisher: Northwestern University Press
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Average Customer Review: 4.67 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars My bible!
As a teacher of drama to many low-income, urban, and "difficult" adolescents, this is the book that I find most useful, alive, and inspiring! Simply wonderful for anyone trying to bring the best out of young actors!

4-0 out of 5 stars Safe Buy
Spolin is a well-recognized authority on matters of this sort -- improvisation and classroom games. One of my theater professors uses this as the textbook for her class on using theater in the classroom. It's popular enough to be one of the safer buys if you're looking for this sort of thing.

5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Learning Tool!
This book is great to use in the classroom. It is full of ideas and the students will love it. They get to play and act out things while learning, it's a great change of pace. Spolin's ideas and thoughts are very helpful. Get this book, your students will thank you! ... Read more


22. Persuasion : Reception and Responsibility (with InfoTrac)
by Charles U. Larson
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PERSUASION: RECEPTION AND RESPONSIBILITY presents persuasion through the examination of various aspects of popular culture--politics, mass media, advertising, and the information superhighway--as they exemplify and teach critical theories of persuasion. The text's multi-chapter focus on language and critical thinking is combined with readability, a conversational engagement with the reader, and current verbal and visual examples of persuasion in action. Persuasion theory, research, and ethics are all woven throughout the text to consistently underscore the book's central purpose--the development of critical consumers of all forms of persuasion. ... Read more


23. Art Of Dramatic Writing : Its Basis in the Creative Interpretation of Human Motives
by Lajos Egri
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Catlog: Book (1972-02-15)
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For many years, Lajos Egri's highly opinionated but very enjoyable The Art of Dramatic Writing has been a well-guarded secret of playwrights, scriptwriters, and writers for television. Unlike many other books on playwrighting (several of which Egri criticizes during the course of this one), the author's systematic breakdown of the essentials for creating successful realistic plays and screenplays effectively demystifies the process of creative writing. Egri, who formulated his thoughts about "a well-made play" during its heyday (the 1940s and '50s), places a premium on an exhaustive analysis of characters and discussion of their psychological motivations. The writer is exhorted to find a premise to explore and to discover which characters will most effectively demonstrate this thesis, then is shown how most effectively to place them into conflict with each other. Conflict itself is also discussed, particularly how to create scenarios in which the crisis develops at a pace that feels unforced and natural. While Egri's view of the well-made play has little space for either the spare musings of Beckett and Pinter or the conscious excesses of non-narrative and other experimental writing, it nonetheless remains an essential text for writers drawn to realistic drama, and to any writer interested in the fundamental motivations of human behavior. --John Longenbaugh ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars I wish I had read this one first
Well, I read this book recently after reading god knows how many screenwriting books. Some of them are quite repetitive aren't they?! The thing that I've found is that there are a lot of books out there that explain the three-act structure by saying you have a set-up, then you have your turning points, your climax, your resolution blah blah blah. Thing is we all instinctively know we need this stuff in our plays and screenplays but what's hard as a writer is actually figuring out what these should be. What makes a good turning point, what makes a good resolution etc? If you want to find out, I strongly suggest you read this book.

I found this book (along with Robert McKee's 'Story') the most useful out of the many (screenwriting) books I've read because he gets into the nitty gritty hard stuff. He makes you think about how important the premise is. I disagree with some of the reviews of this book on this site that say that Egri says you have to know your premise from the outset, he doesn't say that, what he does say is that you have to know it clearly at some stage in writing your script and this is true because we go to films to find something out and all the pieces have to fit together or you'll say something like 'The second half of the movie dragged', 'Why did she do that? That wasn't in character' or 'The movie tried to prove too many points all at once' and so on.

The more I write scripts, the more I realise that it's all about planning and architecture because pacing is everything unlike novels etc.

In particular, the most useful takeout from this book is that your premise has to match your character and story. He goes into detail using 'A Doll's House' as an example. If Nora had been a different character, the resolution wouldn't have worked as well as it did and if the story happenings weren't chosen carefully based on her character, then the story wouldn't have rung true nor would we have understood what the premise is.

The other thing that I think you'll really like is the stuff on conflict, the different types of conflict and when to use a particular kind of conflict for the story you wish to tell.

I'm writing a script right now and this book encouraged me to be a bit more lateral and let go of the ideas I already had because they may not be the right situation for my main character or the story as is might not be the best vehicle for arguing the premise I want to argue.

Brilliant stuff! Written so long ago yet still so relevant.

3-0 out of 5 stars Egri has his ups and his downs.
Lajos Egri's book is kind of a classic, always controversial, but not always right. People who write books on making plays are always something of an odd sort; a book like Egri's also gets recommended for those who are into screenwriting, because those of us on the playwriting end are considerably sparser.

In any case, Egri starts off by telling you about Premise. He's right that everything has a point. Where he starts to miss the mark is on saying that you should know exactly what the theme of your play will be, and write from there. To start a work with a Premise in mind is, frankly, to put the cart before the horse. No matter what play or screenplay you write, it will have a Premise, and Egri acknowledges this. But Egri is engaged in the worst kind of prescriptivism - start with a Premise is a formula that is theoretically designed to make you write a good play, but it's not how the plays Egri analyzes were written.

He gets something else tragically close to partly right. Egri prescribes writing dialectical biographies of your characters to make them three-dimensional. He's right in that characters are primary over plot (though they're inextricable; could you really imagine a key character in a great drama outside of the play?), but writing biographies isn't how to get at them. Your audience will never see the biographies. For them, each and every character is nothing more nor less than the sum total of his or her actions on stage or film. Worry about developing them THERE. The rest is only useful if it yields some detail that can flesh them out more over time.

Where Egri is good is in his analysis of movement and conflict. He's got a very good sense of everything being gradual, and really lays it out well. Don't take everything as gospel, but that is where you'll get the bang out of this book. If you need help there, it's worthwhile; if not, you don't really need to bother.

No playwriting book is ever going to really get you there. It's an imprecise science, and authors are very often too prescriptivist for their own good. But there is good to be gleaned from them if you learn what you need and what works for you. Egri's book is no exception.

5-0 out of 5 stars great book
There's so much more here than just the talk about premise, which for some people is what makes Egri so problematic. The sections on "Pivotal Characters" and "Unity of Opposites" and "Orchestration" are simply invaluable. Nowhere else will you find these key aspects of screenwriting addressed in such a direct, lucid and practical manner -- you can apply this stuff IMMEDIATELY to whatever story you are working on and your story will become stronger and better.

5-0 out of 5 stars Lajos Egri knows the art of storytelling
He does a wonderful job of helping the reader to understand what drama is all about. This is one of the best book on storytelling you can buy. Buy it, you won't regret the purchase.

2-0 out of 5 stars Screenwriting evolves - Egri is full of himself.
This is probably one of the most recommended works on the subject - which doesn't make it the best. Egri is often quoted for his "...leads to ..." premise.

But like Freud, whose work was very self-indulgent, though evolutionary in its time, Egri gets caught up in himself and
his dictates as though carved from stone. For this reason, his material is static and closed-minded in a very dynamic field. People recommend him based on tradition or loyalty. "It's a classic, so..."

A better, more in touch read is Alex Epstein's Crafty Screenwriting. He is ego-free and bottom line. He writes in a humorous, conversational style that doesn't lecture or preach.
AND...He's a PROCUCED writer, so he knows how to get it done. ... Read more


24. Gendered Lives : Communication, Gender, and Culture (with InfoTrac) (Wadsworth Series in Communication Studies)
by Julia T. Wood
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Catlog: Book (2004-02-03)
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Written by the leading gender communication scholar, Julia Woods text introduces students to theories, research, and pragmatic information that demonstrate the multiple and often interactive ways in which our views of masculinity and femininity are shaped within contemporary culture. With the most up-to-date research, balanced perspectives of masculinity and femininity, a personal introduction to the field, and a conversational first-person writing style, GENDERED LIVES provides students with an engaging text that encourages them to think critically about gender and our society. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Validate arguments
Perhaps this was one of the best texts books I have ever used in graduate school. Although the subject was of interest to me I feel that Julia Wood writes in a way that captivates the interest and curiosity of any reader. Her book is much more enjoyable than the usual textbook. Although this book might be viewed as feminist literature-I disagree. Although the content of her book is based on generalizations of our society I feel that her arguments are justified and for the most part accurate. While Wood mostly addresses feminine issues she also includes issues facing men as well. Even if men are not seen as the "ultimate" oppressed gender in some areas of life they are oppressed. I would have like to have seen more attention given to this issue. I did not agree with all of Woods' points, but I do feel that Wood presents provoking realities of the struggles for both men and women. However, I would have liked to see information on how religion influences these matters. Overall, I thought this was an exceptional book that raises interesting issues that are pressing matters in society today.

3-0 out of 5 stars Good Arguments_Questionable Bias
I found the contents of the book very enlightening regarding issues and problems our society is faced with concerning gender. I was pleased with the academic backing with which the author Julia T. Wood supported her arguments. I was also impressed with how well rounded her discussion was in an attempt to remain somewhat separate from the issues. The author makes a great portrayal of and argument against oppression of many kinds in this book.
There was a theme, or bias rather, running through the book that I was continually dissatisfied with. I found no discussion of oppression for religion, political affiliation, or disabilities, and too much about homosexuality. I felt that the author blurred the lines between choice, accountability and fate. On page 5 of her introduction the author states, "I define feminism as an active commitment to equality and respect for life. For me, this includes respecting all people, as well as nonhuman forms of life and the earth itself. Simply put, my feminism means I am against oppression, whether it be oppression of women, men, lesbians, African Americans, Jewish individuals, gay men, elderly people, children, animals, or our planet." I appreciate her defining her biases before the book begins, but still feel that the book was disproportionate in its view of oppression and contributes to a larger misunderstanding of the nature of two very different types of oppression.
I would describe those types as choice and non-choice oppressions. There are aspects of our lives over which we have absolutely no choice, nor control (sex, age, race, class, disabilities) and there are other aspects of our life that we have very much control and choice over (sexual orientation, religion, political affiliation, appetites, place of residence). I agree that oppression is wrong, especially when it is regarding something over which we have no choice. When we choose a practice, which is unhealthy or socially unacceptable (i.e. drinking and driving) we choose discrimination against ourselves (i.e. freedom to drive), we choose to face opposing views and ideas. This is particularly true in the case of political affiliation, religion, and sexual preference. When we are discriminated against for these things, we still have choice in the matter.
In a civilized society we should agree to disagree, without being disagreeable. These differences among us should never be the source of social unrest, but neither should we be forced to agree with the disagreeable. It is not healthy for us to have a right to everything we want, nor to accept something as socially acceptable simply because someone wants it. Human nature proves daily that we want things that are very unhealthy for us. For that reason there must be a distinction between ignorant oppression and predetermined discrimination for the health of society.
I felt that Gendered Lives blurred the lines between these choice and non-choice categories, reasoning as if they were one. My advice is that the discussion of oppression should be limited to non-choice oppression, or it should be more comprehensive discussing more choice oppression issues such as religion and political affiliation right along with sexual orientation. We should not confuse the two.

1-0 out of 5 stars Man Haters handbook
Julia Wood takes every chance she can to insult and denigrate men. In fact, the only men she will acknowledge in a positive way are those who have distinctly "feminine" traits. Many feminists may find this refreshing and validating, but it does little to foster better communication or interaction with members of the opposite sex. Wood is guilty of the same spiteful attacks on men that she portrays as happening to women.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Great, Non-Stereotypical Feminist Book
Having read way too many textbooks in my academic career, I feel pretty confident saying that this is one of the best. The author presented the material (some of it difficult to swallow) in a straight-forward way, interjecting much-needed humor here and there. Many different viewpoints are addressed, and comments from other students, from a wide variety of walks of life are included, giving the reader exposure to a wide variety of thoughts and opinions.
The text reads quickly, and a lot of territory is covered. The author addresses everything from the various 'waves' of feminism to media coverage and violence. There is a lot of material in the book, and if it is read with an open mind, I don't see how the reader can help but be moved and possibly changed. There is no one that this book won't relate to - everyone has a gender.

4-0 out of 5 stars Gendered Lives is a good read
I was assigned this book for my Gender, Race and Class class but I enjoyed it so much that I am not selling it back! I found standpoint theory helpful as I try to figure out where I stand in the world of feminism. As a minority, I liked reading about different cultures. So many textbooks are White. But this one wasn't. It was refreshing. ... Read more


25. Romeo and Juliet (Folger Shakespeare Library)
by William Shakespeare
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Catlog: Book (2004-01-01)
Publisher: Washington Square Press
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Each edition includes:

  • Freshly edited text based on the best early printed version of the play
  • Full explanatory notes conveniently placed on pages facing the text of the play
  • Scene-by-scene plot summaries
  • A key to famous lines and phrases
  • An introduction to reading Shakespeare's language
  • An essay by an outstanding scholar providing a modern perspective on the play
  • Illustrations from the Folger Shakespeare Library's vast holdings of rare books

    The Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C., is home to the world's largest collection of Shakespeare's printed works, and a magnet for Shakespeare scholars from around the globe. In addition to exhibitions open to the public throughout the year, the Folger offers a full calendar of performances and programs. ... Read more


  • 26. Theatre, Brief Version
    by RobertCohen, Robert Cohen
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    Catlog: Book (2002-06-20)
    Publisher: McGraw-Hill Humanities/Social Sciences/Languages
    Sales Rank: 148649
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    This brief version of Cohen’s best-selling text uses equal measures of appreciation of theatrical arts and descriptions of the collaborative theatrical crafts to introduce students to the performance of drama. The author’s enthusiasm for and knowledge of the current theatre, highlighted by contemporary production shots from around the world, put the students in the front row. ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars Good introductory book.
    This book, by Cohen, offers a good reference guide for begining students. It is comprehensive and well-laid out as it gives abasic overview of mostaspects of the theatrical arts. ... Read more


    27. Fundamentals of Organizational Communication: Knowledge, Sensitivity, Skills, and Values (5th Edition)
    by Pamela Shockley-Zalabak
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    Catlog: Book (2001-10-09)
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    28. The Prop Builder's Mask-Making Handbook
    by Thurston James
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    Catlog: Book (1990-12-01)
    Publisher: F&W Publications
    Sales Rank: 44665
    Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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    3-0 out of 5 stars a good idea
    I am confused...I look at the star ratings and read the reviews...but they don't even come close to my thoughts. This book was an interesting read. They do show a huge variety of techniques that are used for the stage... but they only give you a small taste of the process...Vacuum forming for example, a wonderful process, but zippo info on whereto/howto/whoto contact to buy or to make one. Read this book to get an overview of some ideas...but know that the technology shown is old and past its prime. I know stagework is seen at a distance..but you will not be impressed with the craftsmanship of the projects. Heads up on some safety issues..they skip right over that. oh my.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive and user friendly!
    This is a great book about making masks. It covers the making of molds, including using alginate for a life-casting. He talks about making masks of different materials -- from hex-a-cel to paper mache to neoprene to leather! There's a really *nice* section on leather masks, and he also talks a little bit about the history of the leather masks and how they were used in Renaissance Italy by the Commedia. This book is filled with plenty of black and white photos illustrating the various steps in each mask-making or mold-making process, and the instructions are very clear. Highly recommended for those with an interest in making their own masks. ... Read more


    29. Human Communication: The Basic Course (9th Edition)
    by Joseph A. DeVito
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    Catlog: Book (2002-03-21)
    Publisher: Allyn & Bacon
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    Average Customer Review: 3 out of 5 stars
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    This text provides a concise and in-depth look at the elements that comprise all basic forms of human communication.With an emphasis on Public Speaking, Interpersonal Communication, and Small Group Communication, the text also explores key issues and topics in interviewing, organizational communication, and the mass media.Cultural and gender issues are covered in depth. The text also focuses on learning through technology, and the nature and effects of new technologies on human communication. Public speaking is covered in depth (5 full units are devoted to public speaking) to provide readers with the skills for informative and persuasive speaking. Four additional units Emotional Communication, The Special Occasion Speech, Criticism in the Classroom, and Mass Media enable instructors to cover topics that are not always offered in other texts. For anyone interested in improving and understanding key issues of human communication. ... Read more

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    3-0 out of 5 stars comunication in our world
    althought this book gives off important info, it leaves us w/ a desire to want and know more. our minds are expanded and challenged we discover a new way of thinking and comunicating with others. ... Read more


    30. The Essential Elements of Public Speaking
    by Joseph A. DeVito
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    31. The Actor at Work (8th Edition)
    by Robert Benedetti
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    Catlog: Book (2000-06-01)
    Publisher: Allyn & Bacon
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    For over twenty years, Robert Benedetti's highly acclaimed The Actor at Work has offered students a thorough focus on the underlying principles of the acting process. Now in its eighth edition, The Actor at Work continues to present an experiential sequence of exercises designed to help actors develop a complete understanding of the physical, vocal, analytical, and ethical aspects of the actor's art. For anyone interested in acting. ... Read more


    32. The Vagina Monologues: The V-Day Edition
    by EVE ENSLER
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    Asin: 0375756981
    Catlog: Book (2000-12-05)
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    Average Customer Review: 4.18 out of 5 stars
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    A poignant and hilarious tour of the last frontier, the ultimate forbidden zone, The Vagina Monologues is a celebration of female sexuality in all its complexity and mystery. Hailed as the bible for a new generation of women, it has been performed in cities all across America and at hundreds of college campuses, and has inspired a dynamic grassroots movement--V-Day--to stop violence against women. Witty and irreverent, compassionate and wise, Eve Ensler's Obie Award-winning masterpiece gives voice to real women's deepest fantasies and fears, guaranteeing that no one who reads it will ever look at a woman's body, or think of sex, in quite the same way again. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars REALLY GREAT BOOK
    This book was given to me as a gift from a dear friend. She had already it and wanted me to read it. I did and I was really pleased with it.

    Ensler explains that she is worried about the state of a world that cannot say VAGINA without blushing, but has hundreds of slang words for penis. This book is a collection of stories that were told to Ensler by hundreds of women from all walks of life who she interviewed. Some of the stories are verbatim what the women had to say about their vaginas, while Ensler takes more artistic licence with some.

    There are stories about masturbation, sex, childbirth, rape, and many other things. Every way that our vaginas affect our lives, as women, are covered with a humorous or touching story. A great deal of this book is filled with humorous stories about nicknames for out vaginas and how women think about their own vaginas, but there is a disturbing rape scene in one of the stories. Although this story was incredibly disturbing, it is totally understandable why it was included: Rape, whether it is spoken of or not, is a tangible part of many women's vaginas. All in all, The Vagina Monologues is an excellent book for any woman or any man who loves vaginas. Vaginas are one of the most underappreciated entities in our lives. Vaginas provide pleasure for our mates, pleasure for ourselves, the means for conception, and most importantly-birth. Most of us came into this world through a vagina. While this isn't a self-help book and it won't help you deal with specific problems with your vagina, it can help you learn to see your vagina in a whole new light.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Vagina! Vagina! Vagina!
    If Eve Ensler's vagina got dressed, it would wear a sign shouting "I Have Empowered Women Around the World and Started a New Wave of Feminism!"
    I couldn't put the VM down: There were several outstanding monologues in it, including a collection of women's stories about getting their period for the first time, and one with a grandmother who shyed away from her vagina most of her life. I also enjoyed reading Ensler's commentary on the pieces. To be sure, the book made me more conscious of my feminist side and I felt a sheer sense of pride in being a woman after reading it. However, the content wasn't top-notch. There were surprisingly few segments and not each of them was great. I thought Ensler definitely could have expanded on the pieces themselves and done a lot more with her subject matter.
    If one wants to judge the book by its actual writing and content, I wouldn't recommend it in particular. But I think that Ensler's real goal was to get women to understand about their femininity, their sexual sides, and, above all, their vaginas. And if that was what Ensler was aiming to accomplish, I would readily say that she achieved it in me and many others.
    (I would love to see it performed live, too, whether by Ensler or others.)

    4-0 out of 5 stars Learn about the beauty between your legs!
    This is a cry from women to find their spiritual, sexual, and beautiful power that is within them. There are stories that will make you laugh, stories that will make you think, stories that will make you open your eyes to the world. I have not had the privelige of seeing the performance on stage, which I imagine is fabulous and moving, but the book is good. I recommend it to women because it speaks of the taboo that women don't (or can't) want to talk about because they are afraid or embarrassed. It is witty and emotional. V-Day is a great idea. It promotes stopping violence against women. I recommend this book to women!

    4-0 out of 5 stars LAUGH AND LEARN WITH THIS READING
    Words and thoughts once taboo are now mainstream due in large part to "The Vagina Monologues," a funny, moving exploration of women's thoughts, dreams, hopes and fears by the dynamic Eve Ensler. Released to coincide with February's V-Day, a global movement to stop violence against women and girls, the audio version brings Ensler's words to wise and witty life once more.

    Of course, no one is better suited to read these words than the author herself. Winner of the Obie Award for this play, Ensler is also the author of other plays including Lemonade, The Depot, and Necessary Targets, which has had benefit performances on Broadway, at the National Theatre in Sarajevo, and at the Kennedy Center.

    Hailed throughout the world Ensler's uninhibited masterpiece has become a rallying cry for women.

    Listen, laugh, and learn.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!
    Eve's courage and strength shine through the stores of women she interviewed about their bodies, their thoughts and their lives. Many people have told me that the book/play would do much better if it had a different title. THAT'S THE POINT!! No one talks about vaginas and sometimes very little attention is paid to the women attached to them. Eve devotes such care and precision to telling the stories of all kinds of women that everyone should be able to relate to something. It is true that many of the monologues are quite "edgy" and some might even call them offensive, but the fact of the matter is that they are all true and real. Such a work, one that allows women to be true to themselves, and real in their wishes, desires and longings is so rare that this one is to be savored and treasured. ... Read more


    33. Interviewing: Art and Skill
    by Jeanne Tessier Barone, Jo Young Switzer
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    Asin: 0205140882
    Catlog: Book (1995-02-01)
    Publisher: Allyn & Bacon
    Sales Rank: 117925
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    *HA09 Interviewing: Art and Skill, Jeanne Tessier Barone(Indiana University-Purdue University), Jo Young Switzer (Manchester College), H4088-4, 368 pp., 7 x 9 1/4, 0-205-14088-2, paperbound, 1995, $23.25nk, December*/ INTERVIEWING: Art and Skill is the only book for the basic course in Interviewing to systematically incorporate multicultural and global issues. This focus on diversity extends to interviewing across the communication spectrum in gender and culture-neutral language. Federal legislation affecting interviewing in the workplace and ethical issues affecting the interviewer are thoroughly discussed. ... Read more


    34. Singing for Dummies
    by Pamelia S.Phillips, Pamelia S. Phillips
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    Asin: 0764524755
    Catlog: Book (2003-06-01)
    Publisher: For Dummies
    Sales Rank: 18934
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    Develop proper posture and breath control

    From classical to pop to musical theater – take your singing skills to the next level

    Dreaming of becoming a sensational singer? Whether you enjoy singing in the shower or on the stage, this how-to guide will help you calm your nerves, match pitch, increase your vocal range, and develop a strong singing technique. You get expert advice on keeping your voice healthy, choosing a voice teacher, selecting the right material, and giving a stellar performance.

    All this on the audio CD

    • Singers demonstrate every exercise so you can hear how it’s done
    • Allows you to develop agility, pop riffs, and dynamic control
    • Exercises help you strengthen your chest voice, head voice, middle voice, and falsetto
    • Put your singing skills to the test with a song recorded on the CD
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Interesting
    As a professional singer of 30 years and a voice teacher, I found the book very interesting. The basics were there, and she did make a good point of stating that these were only suggestions (there are as many "correct and only way to sing" methods out there as there are teachers). I found nothing wrong with the book at all, except one thing --- one can't know if they are doing things correctly just because they immitate the sound their hear. One can learn a lot from a well written book on singing, and this one is very easy to understand (many are so filled with jargon the real purpose behind the instruction is lost). A real key missing in this book is the things to watch out for. An example: She mentions "Lip Trills." Some teachers really rely on these stupid exercises (where you sound like a horse blowing air through its lips, and even sing while doing them) to help the student manage breath. There are real dangers doing them without proper supervision, the least of which is a super raised larynx and a depressing tongue. Those things only ruin one's ability to sing with a free open throat and with the full range.

    Most singers sing with a too wide of an "east-west" facial position and not a large enough "North-South" position. Though she slightly mentions this, in order for a person to hear themselves, they are required to use more of the "east-west" facial position thus actually making their tone louder in their ears, but quieter and less ringing to the audience. She talks about "feeling how you sing and not relying on your hearing, or on listening" but she doesn't explain how to do that. If you don't have a teacher, the only way to do it is through a very good quality tape recorder (poor quality ones give you no real image of what you sing like as they cannot record either the volume of the voice or the natural resonance of the sound; and even with an excellent recorder, you are only getting maybe 20% of your sound reflected back to you). Then you MUST figure out what is a good sound quality, when you hear it on the tape, then concentrate beyond belief on what you felt like, what sensations you had while producing that sound, and learn to reproduce those sensations all the time. Gently cupping your hands IN FRONT of you ears can reflect what the audience actually hears, but it will be softer than the sound they hear. Although testing the voice that way is fine, one must never come to rely on those things. One must rely on the feel and then when you find the correct feel to maintain it all the time, even while singing when ill.

    I rated it a five star because it is well written, and it covers many aspects of singing, not just technical, and well, is very approachable. It is a good introduction to singing, but as a warning: anyone really interested in serious singing, and perhaps in a serious career, get a real teacher who can watch what you are doing, and show you when you are doing something wrong. It is very easy to immitate the correct sound, but to do it in a very incorrect way. When you are very young, you may get away with that, but your voice will not last for very long. And she doesn't make it very clear that for popular singing, even the broadway belt (belting is not loud singing, or shouting out the song, or "belting it out" like a lot of people think; it is using the voice with much more forward resonance than in classical singing, less inner dome, and with the sound very concentrated on the upper lip area; one can sing very loud, or very soft and should not be confused with the "norm" amongst young "would be stars" of just yelling and screaming their way through a song at top volume), one still needs all the same foundation they use in classical singing, but that the use of the raised soft palate is less pronounced. However, there is a correct way of working the voice that won't hurt it and brings the extreme forward focus used for Broadway into the voice; she doesn't cover this (and I think most people will use this book not to become opera singers, but so they can study a week or two and sing popular music and musical comedy). When incorrectly done, belting can ruin the voice in no time flat; a classic singer can often sing for decades with incorrect technique before real problems get out of hand; not so with a poorly produced belting tone used in popular singing or broadway; the voice dies quickly because the voice is being abused to produce that sound.

    Again, a great introduction, but only an introduction to singing. One needs a second pair of ears, and a second pair of eyes, to make sure they entire body is coordinated to produce the best sound quality possible.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great start!
    I always wanted to learn how to sing, so I picked up a copy of this book. I have been using it for a month now, and I'm actually starting to sound good (it's a lot of work, though). Overall, the content and explanations are excellent, and the CD-ROM is good, as well. I think Pamelia Phillips has done an excellent job here!

    It probably shouldn't be your only source if you want to become a serious singer, however. But, it's a great start, and it should give you the confidence you need to start taking singing lessons. It might also save you considerable embarrassment.

    I easily give this book 5 stars!

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Must Buy for Anyone
    About two months ago, I was attending an open-call audition for a Broadway show. I'd have to say that I would have been no where without this book! With practicing with the cd and book everyday, I could tell that my singing voice was becoming stronger and more in tune. This is a wonderful book for singers of all levels, even the tone-deaf can become singers with this! ... Read more


    35. Breaking Into Acting for Dummies
    by LarryGarrison, WallaceWang
    list price: $21.99
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    Asin: 0764554468
    Catlog: Book (2002-08-12)
    Publisher: For Dummies
    Sales Rank: 12455
    Average Customer Review: 4.38 out of 5 stars
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    Provides the expert advice you need to get your big break!

    Jump-start your career and land that paying part

    From preparing for auditions to finding an agent, the acting business is a challenging and competitive field. This indispensable guide is what every aspiring actor needs to get a foot in the door. Discover how to market yourself, choose a dynamic head shot, create a stellar acting resume, join unions, and pay the bills while you pursue your acting dreams.

    The Dummies Way

    • Explanations in plain English
    • "Get in, get out" information
    • Icons and other navigational aids
    • Tear-out cheat sheet
    • Top ten lists
    • A dash of humor and fun
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Great start- here's more
    This book is a great start, of course the best way to learn is by throwing yourself in there. Other things I recommend as a working actor in LA:
    Backstage West- for all the audtion listings

    "Voice Lessons To Go" by Vaccarino, hey you know we all need to sing as some audition at one time or another-these are great.

    "The Artist Way" by, Cameron- it has helped me and so many of my friends gain confidence and clarity- love this.
    craigslist.org for more audition listings- free!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great for Beginners
    For anyone who has always wanted to be an actor, but has no idea where to begin - this is a great book. It covers all the basic like getting an agent, your headshot and resume, the unions. And even deals with more intermediate stuff like marketing yourself as an actor, auditioning and managing your money. I found the chapters on acting in Film and Television, Commercials and Theatre to be very helpful, since each is so different from eachother. The book also covers getting Voice-over work, and working as an Extra. There is even a chapter on getting your kids into acting.
    This books touches on alot of different topics and is a very good starting book for the beginning actor.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Insulting to Actor's
    Do not buy this book. It stereotypes actors as Dummies!! Actor's are not dumb! MAny are very smart. Mira Sorveno went to yale or Hartvard and cans peek Chinesse!!! David Duchoveny almost got a PHD!!! Do these people sound like Dummies to you?!?!

    No. I didn't think so...

    4-0 out of 5 stars pretty cool book
    this book was alright, a lot of useless info about the business that beginning actors wont use for years to come (if at all) i think all people breaking into acting should focus on how they act, not on how to find an agent (unless you look like brad pitt, then by all means)
    anyway this book is about the business and it is very simple and informative in that regard, so if you're seeking that info you should buy this book, do not expect to find advice concerning technique though, good luck

    5-0 out of 5 stars Must Have
    One of the Must Haves for any actor. Also required reading if you really want to make it: "Audition" by Michael Shurtleff, "How to Be a Working Actor" by Mari Lyn Henry, and "My Fractured Life" by Rikki Lee Travolta. ... Read more


    36. Stage Makeup (9th Edition)
    by Richard Corson, James Glavan
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    Asin: 0136061532
    Catlog: Book (2000-12-04)
    Publisher: Allyn & Bacon
    Sales Rank: 263163
    Average Customer Review: 4.71 out of 5 stars
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    Widely referred to as the "bible of stage makeup," the timely revision of this classic text addresses principles and techniques in the use of makeup for the contemporary performer. This extensive exploration of the application and use of stage makeup, and makeup for a variety of performance venues, covers all aspects in detail and contains over 400 photographs, drawings, and diagrams demonstrating step-by-step procedures. Thoroughly updated and revised, this classic text remains accurate and comprehensive, providing information from which all readers - whether students to the field or seasoned, professional makeup artists - will benefit. For anyone involved in the Makeup of theatre, dance or stage productions. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars A Film-Maker's Dream
    I am a film-maker out of Ohio. I used to use Tom Savini's Bizarro, Grande Illusions 1, Grande Illusions 2, and Dick Smith's Do-It-Yourself guides....BUT, after meeting Tom Savini and learning that he considers this book his "bible", I checked it out for myself. WOW! This is the book to get for anyone interested in stage make-up or special effects makeup. It IS a little pricey, but for the information and detail, it cannot be beat. I consider this a companion to the ones listed above. Get em all if you can, but make sure you OWN this one!!!!!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Meridith
    This is the bible of stage make-up. It has wonderful step-by-step pictures so you see the process. I loved the fact that there was no flowery language to complicate learning. It caters to the beginner and the professional. If you are serious about learning the trade, this is the investment to make. This was a recommended book for me in college and it helped give me an edge over my classmates. If you don't know where to start, or would like to brush up on your technique, this is a great resource.

    4-0 out of 5 stars New, but not improved.
    While this book remains a "bible" in its field, my students complain about the price and the lack of color demonstrations. I was hoping the Ninth Edition of this book would have more color photos spread throughout the chapters, but the format has remained very much the same, with many of the same demonstrations and photo descriptions. The new chapters for film and television are a breath of fresh air and I applaud the new techniques aditions.

    5-0 out of 5 stars An outstanding and complete resourse for Theatrical Makeup
    For both the amateur and professional, alike, Richard Corson's "Stage Makeup" is an essential resource for both the makeup artist and the performer. In my 35 years of experience in the performance industry, I have found no other single resource that is so well illustrated and written. -Ed Thurber- Marlboro Theatrical Technology

    4-0 out of 5 stars Good makeup techniques
    We used this book for my Stage Makeup I and II class. It is very useful for beginners with chapters on different materials from oil based to water based, applying makeup including facial hair and wax features. ... Read more


    37. A Midsummer Night's Dream (Folger Shakespeare Library)
    by William Shakespeare
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    Asin: 0743477545
    Catlog: Book (2004-01-01)
    Publisher: Washington Square Press
    Sales Rank: 37423
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    Each edition includes:


    • Freshly edited text based on the best early printed version of the play

    • Full explanatory notes conveniently placed on pages facing the text of the play

    • Scene-by-scene plot summaries

    • A key to famous lines and phrases

    • An introduction to reading Shakespeare's language

    • An essay by an outstanding scholar providing a modern perspective on the play

    • Illustrations from the Folger Shakespeare Library's vast holdings of rare books

    Essay by Catherine Belsey

    The Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C., is home to the world's largest collection of Shakespeare's printed works, and a magnet for Shakespeare scholars from around the globe. In addition to exhibitions open to the public throughout the year, the Folger offers a full calendar of performances and programs. ... Read more


    38. The Director's Vision: Play Direction from Analysis to Production
    by LouisCatron
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    Asin: 0874847605
    Catlog: Book (1989-02-23)
    Publisher: McGraw-Hill Humanities/Social Sciences/Languages
    Sales Rank: 399328
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    This dynamic, practical text focuses equally on the arts of interpretation and problem-solving. The author leads students through short, lucid chapters to develop an organized, step-by-step methodology from play analysis through casting, rehearsal, and performance. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Possibly the best Directing primer on the market.
    Dr. Catron's book melds theory with practicality in the most utilitarian Directing primer on the market. Designed, I believe, as a college text, it has strong application at the professional and community theatre levels, better than Cohen/Harrop, John Miles-Brown and Dean & Carra. The only book which comes close to Catron's is Benedetti's The Director at Work. ... Read more


    39. Theatrical Design and Production: An Introduction to Scene Design and Construction, Lighting, Sound, Costume, and Makeup
    by J. MichaelGillette
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    Asin: 0767411919
    Catlog: Book (1999-11-19)
    Publisher: McGraw-Hill Humanities/Social Sciences/Languages
    Sales Rank: 27062
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    This is a comprehensive survey of the technical and design aspects of play production, including scene design and construction, lighting, sound, costume, and makeup. Health and safety precautions for the backstage crew appear throughout in boxes labeled “Safety Tips,” and “Design Inspiration” boxes show how professional designers create the desired look. ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars good textbook for student
    we used this book in our theatre department and I find it very good for students who want a little knowledge of what goes on in the making of theatre.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive? Yes! Acutate? You Bet! Teachable? ON TARGET
    Teaching in this technical subject, like working behind thescenes in theatre, is difficult. You have so much to cover and neverenough time to get to it all. This text covers most all the topics related to production. The author has written it in a clear and open way which can be used to foster discussion as well as conveying straight information.. Appealling is the chapter on the design process, it sets the tone for "Why do I need to know all of this stuff". Even more importantly while setting forth a way to approaching design in the theatre it really sets forth a way to addressing life, as "a challenge" rather than a problem. I have taught from this book since it's first edition (and taught from most of the others on the market), this is the text which best has met my needs as a teacher. One can only marvel at how well Michael Gillette has carried on where his father's text left off (Arnold Gillette). This is what good texts are about: information, clear, and a solid foundation of how this knowledge will fit into the whole. This is One! ... Read more


    40. Theater: The Lively Art w. CD-ROM and Theatergoers Guide
    by EdwinWilson, AlvinGoldfarb
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    Asin: 0072462817
    Catlog: Book (2001-06-21)
    Publisher: McGraw-Hill Humanities/Social Sciences/Languages
    Sales Rank: 21503
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    Created for Theater Appreciation courses that cover both history and elements, the new fourth edition of The Lively Art emphasizes the visual dimension of the theater with a four-color interior, revised illustration program, and a new photo essay that chronicles the development and production of a play from concept to curtain call.

    In addition to the text revisions, each copy of the book is accompanied by a free Theatergoer's Guide to attending performances and by the Making the Grade CD-ROM a study tool for students.
    ... Read more


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