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Comedy Acting for Theatre: The Art and Craft of Performing in Comedies

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Title: Comedy Acting for Theatre: The Art and Craft of Performing in Comedies
Author: Homan, Sidney (University of Florida, USA)
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Analysing why we laugh and what we laugh at, and describing how performers can elicit this response from their audience, this book enables actors to create memorable – and hilarious – performances.

Rooted in performance and performance criticism, Sidney Homan and Brian Rhinehart provide a detailed explanation of how comedy works, along with advice on how to communicate comedy from the point of view of both the performer and the audience. Combining theory and performance, the authors analyse a variety of plays, both modern and classic. Playwrights featured include Harold Pinter, Tom Stoppard, Christopher Durang, and Michael Frayn. Acting in Shakespeare's comedies is also covered in depth.

Chapter One: Playing the Comic Actor
Chapter Two: Comic Truth and Acting
Chapter Three: Energy and Intensity
Chapter Four: Elements of Comedy for Audience and Actor
Chapter Five: Playing the Whole Comedy
Chapter Six: All's Well That . . .
Chapter Seven: Why We Laugh
Chapter Eight: Improv and the Comic Actor

Sidney Homan is Professor of English at the University of Florida, a member of the Academy of Distinguished Teaching Scholars, and an actor and director in commercial and university theatres, The author of eleven books on Shakespeare and the modern theatre, his A Fish in the Moonlight: Growing Up in the Bone Marrow Unit recounts stories of his youth in South Philadelphia and his experience telling them to children on the bone marrow unit of his university's hospital. More recently he has published The Audience As Player: Interactive Theatre Over the Years and Hitler in the Movies: Finding Der Führer on Film.

Brian Rhinehart is an actor, director, Fulbright scholar, and full time lecturer of acting, directing, devising, and theatre history at The Actors Studio Drama School in New York City. An expert in devised theatre and collaborative playmaking, Rhinehart has worked as a freelance theatre director for the last twenty-two years. His original and devised works have been seen in the U.S., Scotland, Italy, Poland, and Turkey. He was a member of the 2006 Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab, is a critically acclaimed actor who has performed in over fifty productions in New York, Germany, and Florida, and has given various theatre workshops and seminars on comedy and devising in the U.S., Germany, Portugal, China, Japan, and Thailand.

“Useful advice and practical tips are spread throughout the volume. Summing Up: Recommended.” – CHOICE

“If "dying is easy and comedy is hard," then Sidney Homan and Brian Rhinehart, accomplish a death-defying feat in bringing, with ease: the science, the practices and the dangers of being truly funny on stage.” – Dexter Bullard, The Theatre School at DePaul University, Broadway Director and Alumni of the second City Chicago, USA

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publication date: 22/02/2018
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781350012776
Publishing status: Active
Comedy Acting for Theatre: The Art and Craft of Performing in Comedies