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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...

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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... of Syracuse for her betrothed.Directed Sidney Homan, Hippodrome State Theatre, Gainesville, Florida, 1985. Dromio of Syracuse comes rushing up to his master with this shocking news. Maybe he even likes the idea of being loved, though he might...

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...

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...

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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...In Chapter 3, we spoke of the character’s objective and how he must pursue it passionately, almost exclusively to anything else—as if his life depended in it. Here, we examine the larger issues, the underpinnings, behind these objectives...

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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...Character Analysis and History To bring a character to life, the actor has to determine what motivates him—the character’s specific needs and wants. These should be borne in mind at every moment, as well as why the character wants what he...

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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... and then brings his experience to students in the Actors Studio Drama School at Pace University. The other, Sidney Homan, professor of English at the University of Florida, is the author of numerous books on Shakespeare and the modern...

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...

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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...Even though it is essential that comic characters be grounded in reality, to increase the laughs the comedic actor needs to be aware of a number of devices and age-old tricks. In this chapter, we will guide you through over...

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...