Physical Comedy Handbook

ISBN-10: 0325001146

ISBN-13: 9780325001142

Edition: 1999

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Description: Although there are numerous books that examine physical comedy from a historic or aesthetic perspective, few provide guidance in how to do it. So where can actors and teachers go for instruction? To The Physical Comedy Handbook. The Physical Comedy Handbook is a one-of-a-kind resource for actors, teachers, and directors interested in physical comedy - from slapstick pratfalls to the theater of the absurd. Davis Robinson believes that the basic physical skills of comedy can be taught to anyone. His twenty years of practical experience - including workshops with Jacques LeCoq, Tony Montanaro, Bill Irwin, Avner Eisenberg, Mark Morris, and Ronlin Foreman--have taught him so. Robinson shares what he has learned in this book, providing a thorough explanation of a range of techniques for developing comic timing, writing original material, and working with scripts. The book includes numerous hands-on exercises designed to help anyone, regardless of experience, develop their sense of play. Acting students will learn how to sharpen their physical skills. Teachers will learn how to structure and guide their students' work. Actors will explore a range of comic styles. Directors will discover a number of tools for bringing comedy to life.

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Book details

List price: $18.65
Copyright year: 1999
Publisher: Heinemann
Publication date: 4/26/1999
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 160
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.30" tall
Weight: 0.440
Language: English

Davis Robinson is Director of Theater at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine. He is also Artistic Director of Beau Jest Moving Theater, an award-winning ensemble that has appeared at numerous festivals and theaters, including Off-Broadway and at the Piccolo Spoleto Festival.

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Preparation
Solos
Duets
Trios
Group Exercises
Advice to the Players
Addresses, Resources, and Performers
Bibliography
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