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The Ultimate Audition Book for Teens Volume XI: 111 One-Minute Monologues…

by Kristen Dabrowski

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I'm not sure If Dabrowski has any experience teaching and working with teens, but the material in this book implies she doesn't. Beyond the fact that the monologues aren't written very well, and beyond the fact that the characters and situations are clichéd and unoriginal, further problems include style and language. Language-wise, I have to say that I wouldn't be comfortable keeping this book on a shelf in my classroom. Inappropriate language is one thing if it's a word here or there, And included within a longer work that is itself worthwhile. Here, there are repeated inappropriate words, most if not all of them gratuitous and unnecessary. Simply, even though they're supposedly written for teens, I'd have to edit many of these before feeling comfortable with giving them to my students.

And then there's style. Many of these monologues aren't what I would call useful monologues. They all but require another person to be present for the entirety of the monologue...and, while no lines are shown for the other person(s), these omissions come off as awkward. Many of the monologues read more like one side of a simple and unentertaining skit instead of a monologue.

In the end, I was incredibly disappointed with this work. I had middle-schoolers try their hands at writing their own monologues last year, and I have to say: every one of them was better and more entertaining than anything in this book. True, the spelling might have needed some work...but they were far better monologues than what I've found here. I can't imagine recommending this book, or making use of more than 3 or 4 of the 111 "monologues" presented here. ( )
  whitewavedarling | Jun 5, 2013 |
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A collection of original monologues, each about one minute long, categorized by type of character, for use by teenage actors for auditions and other purposes.

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