Delicious Dissembling A Complete Guide to Performing Restoration Comedy

ISBN-10: 0325003750
ISBN-13: 9780325003757
Edition: 2002
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Description: Restoration comedies of manners are at once bitingly true-to-life and deceptively artificial. Their style, elegance, grace, and wit provide the kind of challenge actors continue to love. Now Suzanne Ramczyk offers both directors and actors the tools  More...

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Book details

List price: $20.98
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: Heinemann
Publication date: 8/19/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 208
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.638

Restoration comedies of manners are at once bitingly true-to-life and deceptively artificial. Their style, elegance, grace, and wit provide the kind of challenge actors continue to love. Now Suzanne Ramczyk offers both directors and actors the tools they need to perform these popular plays. Drawing on her directing experience and her years of leading workshops on Restoration theatre, Ramczyk provides: an historic overview of the period and the literature analysis of the major literary devices and features methods to approach vocal interpretation of often highly artificial text a solid grounding in period manners and movement specific exercises to get actors quickly and easily into the Restoration style detailed artwork of period costumes illustrations of such period necessities as bows, curtsies, the "language" of the fan, and snuff taking. Read Ramczyk and explore the possibilities of Restoration comedy from first reading to final, polished performance.

William H. Schneider is Professor of History and the Associate Dean of Research and Graduate Programs at Indiana University and Purdue University, Indianapolis. Prof. Schneider's research interests cover French and African history, as well as the history of science and medicine. A former Fulbright scholar, Prof. Schneider is the author of An Empire for the Masses: The French Popular Image of Africa, 1870-1900 and Quality and Quantity: The Quest for Biological Regeneration in 20th Century France. He has also published articles in the Journal of Modern History and French Historical Studies.

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Overview: a Brief History of Restoration England
The Court and World of Charles II
Plays and Playwrights
The Theatre, Its Actors, and Audiences
Summary
Some Basic Acting Concerns
Introduction
Character Types
Achieving Objectives Through Externals
Flaunting As an Objective
Masking Emotion
Interaction As a Game to Be Won
Scenes for Practice
Scene Analysis
The Language in Restoration Comedies: Background, Types, Styles, and Modes of Speech
Introduction
Purveyors and Annihilators of Wit
Conventions of Public and Private Discourse
Devices and Components of Wit
Summary
Exercises
Scene Analysis
Using the Voice
Introduction
Understanding Operative Words
Working Imagistically: Utilizing Laban's Components of Movement for the Voice
The Vocal Variables of Pitch, Rhythm, and Tempo
Putting It All Together: Experimenting with Pitch, Tempo, and Rhythm
Playing the Sounds
Scene Analysis
The Physical Lives of Characters: Movement, Fashion, and the Details of Deportment
Introduction
The Mask of Fashion
A Consideration of Rehearsal Costumes
Fashion and Movement: A Brief Consideration of Space
General Physical and Movement Concerns
A Laban Approach
Postures Delineated
Integrating Movement with Text and Voice
Bows and Curtsies
Gestures With and Without Props
Exercises for Integrating Gesture with Movement and Text
Scene Analysis
Acting, Text, Voice, and Movement: A Synthesis
Character Analysis/Worksheet
A Vocal Warm-Up
A Partial List of Writings on the Art of Deportment in the Restoration Era
A Partial List of Restoration and Eighteenth-Century Comedies
Bibliography

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