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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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The Books: The Fervent Years: The Group Theatre And The Thirties, by Harold Clurman

Daily Book Excerpt: Theatre Next book on the acting/theatre shelf is The Fervent Years: The Group Theatre And The Thirties, by Harold Clurman The Group Theatre, summer of 1931, summer workshop Harold Clurman was one of the founders of The … Continue reading

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The Books: Stella Adler on Ibsen, Strindberg, and Chekhov, edited by Barry Paris

Daily Book Excerpt: Theatre Next book on the acting/theatre shelf is Stella Adler on Ibsen, Strindberg, and Chekhov, edited by Barry Paris Must-read. Must-read. Must-read. Stella Adler came from an illustrious hard-working theatrical family, active in the vibrant and important … Continue reading

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Quotes on acting 8: Stella Adler on playing Ibsen

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The Books: “Brando: The Biography” (Peter Manso)

Daily Book Excerpt: Entertainment Biography/Memoir: Brando: The Biography, by Peter Manso Peter Manso has an opinion about Marlon Brando, and it colors this entire book – which is 10,000 pages long – so that’s a long time to stick with … Continue reading

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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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The Books: “Awake and Sing” (Clifford Odets)

Next in my Daily Book Excerpt: Another Clifford Odets play – Awake and Sing Unlike Waiting for Lefty which is a series of vignettes, culminating in the taxi strike when all the different strands come together … Awake and Sing … Continue reading

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Odets on Stella Adler: “smoke-eyed and neurotic”

Entry from Journal February 22, 1940 Stella Adler was there with a party, smoke-eyed and neurotic — usually when you are dying she is more dramatic about the event than you are!

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Jungle School

Sending Marlon Brando to acting class was like sending a tiger to jungle school. — Stella Adler

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“The landscape has to inspire you with awe”

Along with The Screwtape Letters (Emily! I start it tonight!), I am also re-reading one of my favorites: Stella Adler on Ibsen, Strindberg, and Chekhov. Adler deserves a whole post of her own at one point – but suffice it … Continue reading

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