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Psychological and Performance Issues in Playing Comedy

Sidney Homan

Sidney Homan is Professor of English at the University of Florida, USA, a member of the Academy of Distinguished Teaching Scholars and an actor and director in traditional and non-traditional theatres. The author of eleven books on Shakespeare and the modern theatre, his most recent books are The Audience As Player: Interactive Theatre Over the Years and Hitler in the Movies: Finding Der Führer on Film. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Brian Rhinehart

Brian Rhinehart is an actor, director and Lecturer of Directing and Theatre History at The Actors Studio Drama School, Pace University, USA. He is Artistic Director of a theatre collective, Dog’s Breakfast, and was awarded a 2012–13 Fulbright Grant to develop Dispersal: A Gentrification Story. He directed the award-winning Butoh Medea on Theatre Row in Manhattan, which also had productions in Warsaw and Edinburgh. He has performed in over fifty productions in New York City, Germany, and Florida. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Comedy Acting for Theatre : The Art and Craft of Performing in Comedies

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2017

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... behavior which expresses the deepest internal need.”Andreas Manolikakis, in conversation with Brian Rhinehart, New York, April 9, 2007. Almost every theorist of comedy says the same thing: always make the stakes life or death. That is what holds...

Options In Playing Shakespeare’s Comedy

Sidney Homan

Sidney Homan is Professor of English at the University of Florida, USA, a member of the Academy of Distinguished Teaching Scholars and an actor and director in traditional and non-traditional theatres. The author of eleven books on Shakespeare and the modern theatre, his most recent books are The Audience As Player: Interactive Theatre Over the Years and Hitler in the Movies: Finding Der Führer on Film. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Brian Rhinehart

Brian Rhinehart is an actor, director and Lecturer of Directing and Theatre History at The Actors Studio Drama School, Pace University, USA. He is Artistic Director of a theatre collective, Dog’s Breakfast, and was awarded a 2012–13 Fulbright Grant to develop Dispersal: A Gentrification Story. He directed the award-winning Butoh Medea on Theatre Row in Manhattan, which also had productions in Warsaw and Edinburgh. He has performed in over fifty productions in New York City, Germany, and Florida. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Comedy Acting for Theatre : The Art and Craft of Performing in Comedies

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2017

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... wifely “obedience” to Petruchio, sending the signal to the audience that the speech could just as easily have been delivered by the man as the woman?Directed by Brian Rhinehart, Thomas Center, Gainesville, Florida, 1996. Together,...

Improv and Comedy

Sidney Homan

Sidney Homan is Professor of English at the University of Florida, USA, a member of the Academy of Distinguished Teaching Scholars and an actor and director in traditional and non-traditional theatres. The author of eleven books on Shakespeare and the modern theatre, his most recent books are The Audience As Player: Interactive Theatre Over the Years and Hitler in the Movies: Finding Der Führer on Film. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Brian Rhinehart

Brian Rhinehart is an actor, director and Lecturer of Directing and Theatre History at The Actors Studio Drama School, Pace University, USA. He is Artistic Director of a theatre collective, Dog’s Breakfast, and was awarded a 2012–13 Fulbright Grant to develop Dispersal: A Gentrification Story. He directed the award-winning Butoh Medea on Theatre Row in Manhattan, which also had productions in Warsaw and Edinburgh. He has performed in over fifty productions in New York City, Germany, and Florida. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Comedy Acting for Theatre : The Art and Craft of Performing in Comedies

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2017

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...Improv training can be incredibly valuable for the would-be comedy actor. We focus on short-form improvisations (games and exercises) in this chapter, but much can also be learned from long-form exercises such as those in which the actors...

Coda: The Audience

Sidney Homan

Sidney Homan is Professor of English at the University of Florida, USA, a member of the Academy of Distinguished Teaching Scholars and an actor and director in traditional and non-traditional theatres. The author of eleven books on Shakespeare and the modern theatre, his most recent books are The Audience As Player: Interactive Theatre Over the Years and Hitler in the Movies: Finding Der Führer on Film. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Brian Rhinehart

Brian Rhinehart is an actor, director and Lecturer of Directing and Theatre History at The Actors Studio Drama School, Pace University, USA. He is Artistic Director of a theatre collective, Dog’s Breakfast, and was awarded a 2012–13 Fulbright Grant to develop Dispersal: A Gentrification Story. He directed the award-winning Butoh Medea on Theatre Row in Manhattan, which also had productions in Warsaw and Edinburgh. He has performed in over fifty productions in New York City, Germany, and Florida. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Comedy Acting for Theatre : The Art and Craft of Performing in Comedies

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2017

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...The art and craft of comedy, its aesthetics and its enactment, are inseparable and of equal interest to both actor and spectator as collaborators in the performance. As we’ve observed, the audience for comedy is present in the way...

Playing The Whole Comedy

Sidney Homan

Sidney Homan is Professor of English at the University of Florida, USA, a member of the Academy of Distinguished Teaching Scholars and an actor and director in traditional and non-traditional theatres. The author of eleven books on Shakespeare and the modern theatre, his most recent books are The Audience As Player: Interactive Theatre Over the Years and Hitler in the Movies: Finding Der Führer on Film. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Brian Rhinehart

Brian Rhinehart is an actor, director and Lecturer of Directing and Theatre History at The Actors Studio Drama School, Pace University, USA. He is Artistic Director of a theatre collective, Dog’s Breakfast, and was awarded a 2012–13 Fulbright Grant to develop Dispersal: A Gentrification Story. He directed the award-winning Butoh Medea on Theatre Row in Manhattan, which also had productions in Warsaw and Edinburgh. He has performed in over fifty productions in New York City, Germany, and Florida. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Comedy Acting for Theatre : The Art and Craft of Performing in Comedies

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2017

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...Good comic actors fashion their role on a character’s progress through the play, seeing growth in terms of a through-line or “arc.” For them, their character is a living organism, shaped and changed by interaction with other characters...

Introduction

Sidney Homan

Sidney Homan is Professor of English at the University of Florida, USA, a member of the Academy of Distinguished Teaching Scholars and an actor and director in traditional and non-traditional theatres. The author of eleven books on Shakespeare and the modern theatre, his most recent books are The Audience As Player: Interactive Theatre Over the Years and Hitler in the Movies: Finding Der Führer on Film. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Brian Rhinehart

Brian Rhinehart is an actor, director and Lecturer of Directing and Theatre History at The Actors Studio Drama School, Pace University, USA. He is Artistic Director of a theatre collective, Dog’s Breakfast, and was awarded a 2012–13 Fulbright Grant to develop Dispersal: A Gentrification Story. He directed the award-winning Butoh Medea on Theatre Row in Manhattan, which also had productions in Warsaw and Edinburgh. He has performed in over fifty productions in New York City, Germany, and Florida. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Comedy Acting for Theatre : The Art and Craft of Performing in Comedies

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2017

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... approach to acting comedy, ranging from the academic and theoretical to the practical, reflects our parallel but somewhat divergent careers. One of your authors, Brian Rhinehart, works in New York’s professional theatres as an actor and director,...

Basic Rules for The Comic Actor

Sidney Homan

Sidney Homan is Professor of English at the University of Florida, USA, a member of the Academy of Distinguished Teaching Scholars and an actor and director in traditional and non-traditional theatres. The author of eleven books on Shakespeare and the modern theatre, his most recent books are The Audience As Player: Interactive Theatre Over the Years and Hitler in the Movies: Finding Der Führer on Film. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Brian Rhinehart

Brian Rhinehart is an actor, director and Lecturer of Directing and Theatre History at The Actors Studio Drama School, Pace University, USA. He is Artistic Director of a theatre collective, Dog’s Breakfast, and was awarded a 2012–13 Fulbright Grant to develop Dispersal: A Gentrification Story. He directed the award-winning Butoh Medea on Theatre Row in Manhattan, which also had productions in Warsaw and Edinburgh. He has performed in over fifty productions in New York City, Germany, and Florida. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Comedy Acting for Theatre : The Art and Craft of Performing in Comedies

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2017

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... as audiences have seen Moira Buffini’s Dinner as little more than a formula play.See Brian Clover, “Dinner Now Being Served at the Wyndham,” review of Dinner, CurtainUp, December 10, 2003, http://www.curtainup.com/dinner.html (accessed July...

Elements of The Comic Character

Sidney Homan

Sidney Homan is Professor of English at the University of Florida, USA, a member of the Academy of Distinguished Teaching Scholars and an actor and director in traditional and non-traditional theatres. The author of eleven books on Shakespeare and the modern theatre, his most recent books are The Audience As Player: Interactive Theatre Over the Years and Hitler in the Movies: Finding Der Führer on Film. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Brian Rhinehart

Brian Rhinehart is an actor, director and Lecturer of Directing and Theatre History at The Actors Studio Drama School, Pace University, USA. He is Artistic Director of a theatre collective, Dog’s Breakfast, and was awarded a 2012–13 Fulbright Grant to develop Dispersal: A Gentrification Story. He directed the award-winning Butoh Medea on Theatre Row in Manhattan, which also had productions in Warsaw and Edinburgh. He has performed in over fifty productions in New York City, Germany, and Florida. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Comedy Acting for Theatre : The Art and Craft of Performing in Comedies

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2017

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... 1989). Directed by Brian Rhinehart. Circle in the Square Downtown (Bleecker Street), New York: Courage Productions, 2000. They meet on the dance floor at a wedding. After an exchange of pleasantries, complications set in: SHE starts...

Why We Laugh

Sidney Homan

Sidney Homan is Professor of English at the University of Florida, USA, a member of the Academy of Distinguished Teaching Scholars and an actor and director in traditional and non-traditional theatres. The author of eleven books on Shakespeare and the modern theatre, his most recent books are The Audience As Player: Interactive Theatre Over the Years and Hitler in the Movies: Finding Der Führer on Film. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Brian Rhinehart

Brian Rhinehart is an actor, director and Lecturer of Directing and Theatre History at The Actors Studio Drama School, Pace University, USA. He is Artistic Director of a theatre collective, Dog’s Breakfast, and was awarded a 2012–13 Fulbright Grant to develop Dispersal: A Gentrification Story. He directed the award-winning Butoh Medea on Theatre Row in Manhattan, which also had productions in Warsaw and Edinburgh. He has performed in over fifty productions in New York City, Germany, and Florida. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Comedy Acting for Theatre : The Art and Craft of Performing in Comedies

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2017

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...With laughter, we challenge reason through our imagination, as we collaborate with the joke-teller in the illusory, transitory world created by the playwright, director, and actors. For Paul Grice, we laugh at “fantasies as if they were...

The Actor and Four Forms of Comedy

Sidney Homan

Sidney Homan is Professor of English at the University of Florida, USA, a member of the Academy of Distinguished Teaching Scholars and an actor and director in traditional and non-traditional theatres. The author of eleven books on Shakespeare and the modern theatre, his most recent books are The Audience As Player: Interactive Theatre Over the Years and Hitler in the Movies: Finding Der Führer on Film. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Brian Rhinehart

Brian Rhinehart is an actor, director and Lecturer of Directing and Theatre History at The Actors Studio Drama School, Pace University, USA. He is Artistic Director of a theatre collective, Dog’s Breakfast, and was awarded a 2012–13 Fulbright Grant to develop Dispersal: A Gentrification Story. He directed the award-winning Butoh Medea on Theatre Row in Manhattan, which also had productions in Warsaw and Edinburgh. He has performed in over fifty productions in New York City, Germany, and Florida. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Comedy Acting for Theatre : The Art and Craft of Performing in Comedies

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2017

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...Here, we look at four recent comedies that together display a range—though not the full range—of what comedy can mean, the forms it can take, and the special demands each form makes on the comedic actor. We first look at a farce, Richard...