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The Open Door: Thoughts on Acting and Theatre (edition 1995)

by Peter Brook

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Title:The Open Door: Thoughts on Acting and Theatre
Authors:Peter Brook
Info:Theatre Communications Group (1995), Paperback, 147 pages
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Tags:Drama, Criticism, Read

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Is this a book for actors? Or directors? It's not clear. It mostly seems like the author put together some lectures he gave and published them, and there are some interesting reminiscences, some suggestions for actors and directors, and a bit of philosophical meandering. Not a bad book, but not particularly good either. It felt pretty lightweight, but it's an easy read. Sort of interesting for the philosophical look at what theatre is; he does have a solid view of what it takes to make theatre, and he's not ready to pitch any genre overboard. He thinks it's possible to move back and forth between high culture, middle culture, and low culture. He's probably right. Overall, I could have done without the constant suggestion that the "traditional" cultures of the East are intrinsically superior to the West. ( )
  Devil_llama | Mar 18, 2014 |
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From King Lear to the Tragedy of Carmen, from Marat/Sade to the epic Mahabharata, Peter Brook has reinvented modern theatre, not once but again and again. In this book the visionary director and theorist offers a lucid, comprehensive exposition of the philosophy that underlies his work. It is a philosophy of paradoxes: We come to the theatre to find life, but that life must be different from the life we find outside. Actors have to prepare painstakingly yet be willing to sacrifice the results of their preparation. The director's most reliable tool may be his capacity to be bored. Brook illustrates these principles with anecdotes that span his entire career and that demonstrate his familiarity with Shakespeare, Chekhov, and the indigenous theatres of India and Iran. The result is an unparalleled look at what happens both onstage and behind the scenes, fresh in its insights and elegant in its prose.… (more)

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