Respect for Acting
Uta Hagen and Others
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Respect for Acting
"This fascinating and detailed book about acting is Miss Hagen's credo, the accumulated wisdom of her years spent in intimate communion with her art. It is at once the voicing of her exacting standards for herself and those she [taught], and an explanation of the means to the end."
"Hagen adds to the large corpus of titles on acting with vivid dicta drawn from experience, skill, and a sense of personal and professional worth. Her principal asset in this treatment is her truly significant imagination. Her 'object exercises' display a wealth of detail with which to stimulate the student preparing a scene for presentation."
"Uta Hagen's Respect for Acting . . . is a relatively small book. But within it, Miss Hagen tells the young actor about as much as can be conveyed in print of his craft."
--Los Angeles Times
"There are almost no American actors uninfluenced by Uta Hagen."
"This is a textbook for aspiring actors, but working thespians can profit much by it. Anyone with just a casual interest in the theater should also enjoy its behind-the-scenes flavor."
--King Features Syndicate
Hard to beat.
This book offers tools not rules. It is an incredible resource for any actor looking to develop greater skill and specificity. I have been teaching from the book for 7 years and it yields meaningful and lasting results in 95% of my students--but it takes rehearsal. Give it time, rehearse the object exercises as many times as you can, and remember that nothing worth doing is easy. Cohen is good for quick lessons, but Uta offers exercises that will develop complex and interesting action on stage. Well worth $10.
Greatness in the palm of my hand.
This is the most amazing book in the world. The Phoebus accepts this into it's society.