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Product Details

  • Paperback: 296 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (April 4 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415047706
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415047708
  • Product Dimensions: 23.7 x 13.7 x 1.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 454 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #295,705 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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`This new book by John Rudlin is much more than a re-examination of a theatrical style long past - in Rudlin's hands, the whole subject becomes not only vital to today's creators of theatre, but to the future as well.' - Theatre Scotland

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By A Customer on April 12 2004
Format: Paperback
Obviously commedia dell'arte is a live theatre form, and obviously you know a bit about commedia otherwise you wouldn't be reading this review. As far as any book can help anyone do live theatre, especially a form so comic and forceful, then ths book can. Nowhere it loses sight of the fact that its job is to encourage people to action and performance and then begin to discover for themselves.It is not an esoteric bible of secret facts which will allow anyone to become a commedia performer.It is an actor's manual and, if you cannot find adequate live teaching of the form, it is one of the best books you can find to start with.
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If you're at all interested in Commedia and have not yet read this book, I highly recommend it. It would be beneficial for anyone at any level. Every section is just wonderful and gives out so much "secret" information. There's even an appendix on how to make leather masks in the traditional method. I have searched and not been able to find many other books that touch on that subject. It's an interesting read the whole way through and handy as a reference forever after.
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By A Customer on June 16 1999
Format: Paperback
Rudlin explains in the world's most comprehensive guide to the performance of commedia dell'arte, the stock characters, masks, improvisational style, and influence of this incredible art form. The book greatly aided my study of commedia, and continues to guide me now as I am a teach it. Without Rudlin's great teaching, I could not be the teacher that I am now. A must-own for any aspiring actor or comedian, or fan of comedy.
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