Tuesday 9 May 2006

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'Sanford Meisner on Acting'

We did a bit of Meisner in my acting classes but it wasn't doing much for me. I'd heard it could be very effective so I read the book to find out what wasn't working. It's a good read. Like Stanislavski's An Actor Prepares it describes Meisner teaching students, which is an effective and enjoyable way to deliver ideas (the only difference being Stanislavski's was narrated by a student, while Meisner's is described by a neutral observer). Meisner is all about being truthful — stop acting, stop being polite, and start doing what feels honest. Inspiring stuff, but I need to do it rather than just reading about it for it to sink in…

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