Stella Adler on America's Master Playwrights : Eugene O'Neill, Clifford Odets, Tennessee Williams, Arthur Miller, Edward Albee, et al.
From one of the most famous and influential acting teachers of her time, of all time--whose generations of students include Marlon Brando, Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Warren Beatty, Meryl Streep, Jerome Robbins, Annette Bening, Peter Bogdanovich, Sydney Pollack, and Mark Ruffalo--the long-awaited companion volume to her bookOn Ibsen, Strindberg, and Chekhov(""Evidence,"" wrote John Guare, ""that Stella Adler is hands down the greatest acting teacher America has produced...Nobody with a serious interest in the theater can afford to be without this book""). In Adler's new book, she considers America's plays and playwrights--the giants of the twentieth century, men she knew, loved, and worked with. Among them: Eugene O'Neill, Tennessee Williams, Clifford Odets, William Inge, Arthur Miller, and Edward Albee. She turns her powerful, discerning gaze on O'Neill'sMourning Becomes ElectraandLong Day's Journey into Night;Williams'sThe Glass MenagerieandA Streetcar Named Desire;Odets'sAwake and Sing!andGolden Boy;Inge'sPicnic, Bus Stop,andCome Back, Little Sheba;Miller'sDeath of a SalesmanandAfter the Fall. Illuminating, revelatory, inspiring; Stella Adler at her electrifying best.
Culled from the voluminous lectures of the late American actress, Group Theatre cofounder, and renowned teacher, this companion volume to Stella Adler on Strindberg, Ibsen, and Chekhov (2000) shares the same forceful qualities and inescapable drawbacks of the earlier selection, but will be essential reading for the actor as well as a bracingly original introduction (or refresher) for the general reader. Beginning with a discussion of O'Neill, Adler establishes key themes, including an explication of the marginality that produces great theater and its implicit challenge to the mainstream convictions of its audience. She then moves through playwrights who were defined by, and in turn transcended, their particular eras. With respect to the Great Depression, for example, there's a keen, stimulating consideration of Thornton Wilder (along with William Saroyan, discussed in a later chapter) as a Chekhovian writer of enormous, universalizing humor, paradoxically cosmopolitan and thoroughly (ambivalently) American. Although editor Paris (Louise Brooks: A Biography) takes pains to reduce the natural redundancy across these talks (in addition to offering synopses of the plays discussed and judicious explanatory footnotes), the transfer to the page inevitably entails compromise; chapters land somewhere between transcripts and cohesive essays. Nevertheless, nearly every page shimmers with Adler's bounding personality and discerning grasp of her subjects. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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September 01, 1998
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