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Happy Birthday, Henrik Ibsen

Famous acting teacher Stella Adler in a transcribed lecture to her acting class on playing Ibsen. Adler BEGGED her students to stop thinking about themselves, about their emotions. She wanted them to be curious about the world, about context, about … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Henrik Ibsen

Some posts from my archive: Stella Adler on playing Ibsen: “You have to learn the size of Ibsen. The size of the conflict. The size of the land and how it stuck out into the sea. The size of the … Continue reading

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Quotes on acting 8: Stella Adler on playing Ibsen

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Ibsen’s Importance

I really liked this analysis of Ibsen. It continues to blow me away that there were those, at the beginning of the 20th century, who were so interested in Ibsen, so turned on by what he was doing – that … Continue reading

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Translate, Adapt

Interesting analysis of Andrew Upton’s adaptation of Hedda Gabler – being done in Sydney right now, with Cate Blanchett in the lead. I found it fascinating – as I do most issues of translation, especially in the theatre. How does … Continue reading

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The Books: “Hedda Gabler” (Henrik Ibsen)

Next in my Daily Book Excerpt: Next on my script shelf Hedda Gabler, by Henrik Ibsen Hedda, Hedda, Hedda … I know you’re bored … but is that any reason to behave so?? Hedda Gabler. The plot is simple: Recently … Continue reading

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The Books: “The Wild Duck” (Henrik Ibsen)

Next in my Daily Book Excerpt: Next on my script shelf: The Wild Duck (Dover Thrift Editions), by Henrik Ibsen. The Wild Duck is next. Ibsen’s commentary on the split within the modern man: the things he needs to do … Continue reading

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The Books: “Enemy of the People” (Henrik Ibsen)

Next in my Daily Book Excerpt: Next on my script shelf: An Enemy of the People (Penguin Plays), by Henrik Ibsen. Ibsen was, above all else, a social critic. His plays were about problems in the society at large: the … Continue reading

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The Books: “A Doll House” (Henrik Ibsen)

Next in my Daily Book Excerpt: Next on my script shelf: A Doll’s House, by Henrik Ibsen. A couple personal things about this play: 1. I saw a production of this at the Abbey Theatre in Dublin, when I was … Continue reading

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Lee Strasberg on “the blight of Ibsen”

I always thought the following anecdote from Clifford Odets’ 1940 journal was hysterical, and also thought-provoking. Entry from Journal April 17, 1940 In the early evening went to Lee Strasberg’s house for dinner. Paula’s mother was there, preparing the dinner, … Continue reading

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