Acting in High Comedy
ISBN10: 1557832145 ISBN13: 9781557832146 Publisher: Applause Theatre & Cinema Books Published: Oct 1 1996 Pages: 142 Weight: 0.50lbs. Height: 8.50" Width: 5.50" Depth: 0.50" Language: English
This book isn't a critical examination of high comedy. Rather, it's a collection of suggestions for the middlemen: the actors who have to catch the comic spark from the playwright and pass it on to the audience. The effort involved must be imperceptible: one has to acquire the cleverness, the articulacy, the febrility of the characters - and then make the whole laborious exercise seem like swimming through silk...The characters in high comedies don't find verbal sophistication difficult or unfamiliar; they enjoy it as you might enjoy slang.