How I Learnt to Act: On the way to not going to drama school by Francis Greenslade

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March 2020, no. 419
Tim Byrne reviews 'How I Learnt to Act: On the way to not going to drama school' by Francis Greenslade

How I Learnt to Act: On the way to not going to drama school

by Francis Greenslade

Currency Press, $29.99 pb, 192 pp

How I Learnt to Act: On the way to not going to drama school by Francis Greenslade

by
March 2020, no. 419

It’s perhaps a dubious thought, but the life of an actor invariably triggers something prurient in the audience, some desperate need to peer past the mask, to see beyond the curtain. Books by and about actors indulge this prurience, whether or not they are intended to. Works like Konstantin Stanislavski’s An Actor Prepares (1936) or Stella Adler’s The Art of Acting (2000) deal academically with the interiority and motivations of acting, but they still offer a glimpse into the process and the perceived trickery of creation. The most fun are the intentionally salacious ones, like David Niven’s The Moon’s a Balloon (1971) or Scotty Bowers’s Full Service (2017), which detailed the sexual proclivities of Hollywood’s closeted élite. Anything to get us closer, to get us into the inner sanctum.

Tim Byrne reviews 'How I Learnt to Act: On the way to not going to drama school' by Francis Greenslade

How I Learnt to Act: On the way to not going to drama school

by Francis Greenslade

Currency Press, $29.99 pb, 192 pp

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