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Author Seyler, Athene
Title The Craft of Comedy
Imprint London : Taylor & Francis Group, 2013
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Edition 4th ed
Descript 1 online resource (161 pages)
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Note Front Cover -- The Craft of Comedy -- Copyright Page -- Contents -- List of plates -- Acknowledgments -- Introduction -- Cultural contexts -- Athene Seyler -- Stephen Haggard -- How the book evolved -- 1. Distorted truth -- Stephen to Athene, June 8, 1939 -- Reply, June 10 -- Summary -- Concepts: revue comedy, non-comic acting, comic foundation, comic spirit, distorted truth, comic state of mind -- Exercises: Comic perspective, Adding delight -- 2. Tight-rope walking -- Stephen to Athene, June 17, 1939 -- Reply, June 30 -- Summary -- Concepts: comedy through situation, comedy through character, comedy of being out of character, lack of balance, distortion, tight-rope walking, over-statement, over-emphasis, under-statement, shared secret, spiritual comprehension, personality, technique -- Exercises: Personal tendencies, All out of proportion, Both sides now -- 3. Just do it -- Stephen to Athene, July 20, 1939 -- Reply, July 21 -- Summary -- Concepts: comedy essentials, national humor, farce, high comedy, comedy vein -- Exercises: Delicate to broad, Sitting in fear, Bubbling with pleasure -- 4. Trust and confidence -- Stephen to Athene, November 19, 1939 -- Reply, December 9 -- Summary -- Concepts: confidence, taking the audience in, topping -- Exercises: Assurance and creativity, Tricks of the trade -- 5. Rhythm -- Stephen to Athene, January 15, 1940 -- Reply, January 22 -- Summary -- Concepts: double take, breaking, rhythm, emphasis, business, breaking up the scene -- Exercises: Scarfing, Opposition, Max and Anatol -- 6. Comedy of manners -- Stephen to Athene, February 10, 1940 -- Reply, March 29 -- Summary -- Concepts: leading up to a laugh, trodding on a laugh, antimodal comedy, three kinds of dramatic expression (poetic drama, straight drama or comedy, artificial or high comedy), leveling of emotion
Exercises: Period physical lives, Walk the walks -- 7. Delicate decadence -- Stephen to Athene, April 18, 1940 -- Reply, April 20 -- Summary -- Concepts: interest, manners without morals, line delivery, types -- Exercises: Character distinctions, Relish and detail -- 8. The acting profession -- Stephen to Athene, May 6, 1940 -- Reply, May 16 -- Stephen to Athene, May 31, 1940 -- Summary -- Concepts: professional prerequisites, pursuing stardom, career pitfalls, career compensations -- Exercise: Self-analysis -- Appendices -- A: Seyler's second thoughts -- Summary -- Concepts: spiritual antiseptic, two kinds of comedy, power of an audience, final enunciation, feed line -- Exercises: Line or character?, Endings, Post mortem -- B: Fans, trains and stays -- Applications: training, rehearsal, homework -- C: Plays referenced and scenes for practice -- D: Video clips -- Athene Seyler -- Stephen Haggard -- E: Tribute by Prunella Scales -- F: Additional sources - comedy books
"a work on the art and craft of comedy as important in its own way as works by Stanislavski and Chekhov" - Oxford Theatre Companion In 1939, a young, inexperienced actor wrote to a famous actress of his acquaintance, asking for advice on playing comedy. She responded enthusiastically, and they corresponded variously over the next year. The Craft of Comedy, a record of these exchanges, soon emerged as one of the few classic texts in the field of comedy acting. This major new edition takes a brilliant book and makes it better. Editor Robert Barton has devised extensive supplementary material, including: An introduction to the correspondents, the culture of the time, and the evolution of their book; Summaries, definitions, and exercises and practice scenes for readers wishing to explore Athene Seyler's invaluable advice; Photographs, additional essays by Seyler, and a guide to easily accessed video clips of her performing. Seyler's lucid guidance, and Barton's scrupulous editorship, ensure this legendary work's rightful status is restored: as one of the great practical guides to the craft of comedy, and an essential resource for actors and students of acting
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Electronic reproduction. Ann Arbor, Michigan : ProQuest Ebook Central, 2020. Available via World Wide Web. Access may be limited to ProQuest Ebook Central affiliated libraries
Link Print version: Seyler, Athene The Craft of Comedy London : Taylor & Francis Group,c2013 9780415527231
Subject Seyler, Athene -- Correspondence.;Haggard, Stephen, -- 1911-1943 -- Correspondence.;Acting.;Comedy
Electronic books
Alt Author Haggard, Stephen
Barton, Robert
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