The Magic of Theater

The Magic of Theater

Behind the Scenes With Today's Leading Actors

Book - 1993
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Baker & Taylor
Gathers interviews with F. Murray Abraham, Stockard Channing, Hume Cronyn, Jim Dale, Colleen Dewhurst, Judith Ivey, Madeline Kahn, Swoosie Kurtz, Frank Langella, and Liv Ullman

Blackwell North Amer
The Magic of Theater features thirty-three well-known actors in intimate conversation with award-winning producer/director David Black, providing a rare. behind-the-scenes look at how theatrical magic is made.
Based on David Black's popular course at The New School in New York City, this book explores the mysteries of theater: What makes us believe in the actor? Why do we find ourselves caring about the character? What do actors actually feel while they're performing? Against a backdrop of theater history and the words of great actors from the past, Black's questions illuminate the lives and careers of such acclaimed contemporary actors as William Hurt, Liv Ullmann, Christopher Reeve, Alan Arkin, Joel Grey, Madeline Kahn, Swoosie Kurtz, F. Murray Abraham, and Christopher Walken.
The results are surprising, funny, poignant - and candid. Eli Wallach describes Marilyn Monroe using the Method, Christopher Reeve discloses Katharine Hepburn's theatrical advice to him, Jessica Tandy and Hume Cronyn compare notes on how to get into character and how to survive a long run, Tony Randall analyzes the acting style of Olivier, Madeline Kahn gives pointers on the nature of comedy, Maureen Stapleton recalls the night she was directed by Tennessee Williams, Charles Busch reveals what it's like to be a lady onstage, and Christopher Walken lets us in on an acting lesson with Lee Strasberg.
Theatrical legends such as Julie Harris, Claire Bloom, and Colleen Dewhurst describe how they prepare themselves to perform. Kate Nelligan, Amanda Plummer, Earle Hyman. and Stockard Channing are among the actors who recall their most memorable roles and share their opinions of the creative process.
With a wealth of observations and insights. The Magic of Theater takes readers on a fascinating journey into the hearts and minds of the actors who make theatrical magic happen.

Publisher: New York : Macmillan Pub. Co. ; Toronto : Maxwell Macmillan Canada ; New York : Maxwell Macmillan International, c1993
ISBN: 0025111558
Branch Call Number: 792.028 BLA
Characteristics: xiv, 398 p. : ill. ; 25 cm

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