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Dialects for the Stage [Paperback]

Evangeline Machlin
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Feb. 28 2006 087830200X 978-0878302000 2

Dialect work is one of the actor's most challenging tasks. Need to know a Russian accent? Playing a German countess or a Midwestern farmhand? These and more accents – from Yiddish to French Canadian – are clearly explained in Evangeline Machlin's classic work.

Now available in a book-and-CD format, Evangeline Machlin's Dialects for the Stage is based on a method of dialect acquisition she developed during her years working with students at Boston University's Division of Theatre. During her long career, Evangeline Machlin trained such actors as Steve McQueen, Lee Grant, Suzanne Pleshette, Joanne Woodward, and Faye Dunaway.


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Evangeline Machlin was formerly director of speech studies at the Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre and Lecturer in Speech at Columbia University.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Probably good, if you don't know IPA Feb. 12 2004
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
If you are familiar with the International Phonetic Alphabet, this is not the book for you. The "phonetic" spellings used in the book are just confusing, and seemingly pointless, as there is an extensive explanation of IPA in the back of the book, albeit with unintelligibly written symbols.
The book is also difficult to find in combination with the two cassette tapes that go with it, and without them, the book is rather useless. The cassette tapes are where the real information lies, and the book is merely a companion with explanations of how to use the tapes and transcripts of the conversations and monologues as heard on the tapes.
I say, save your money. Rent a video with your preferred dialect instead.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Versitile Book for the Speech Student and Actor April 3 2000
Format:Hardcover
I found, "Dialects for the Stage" not only helpful in equiping aspiring actors and actresses with the necessary information towards a believably authenic dialect, but also the book is wonderful for the student who is interested in dialect coaching. The hardback feature makes it a excellent resource for years to come.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Probably good, if you don't know IPA Feb. 12 2004
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
If you are familiar with the International Phonetic Alphabet, this is not the book for you. The "phonetic" spellings used in the book are just confusing, and seemingly pointless, as there is an extensive explanation of IPA in the back of the book, albeit with unintelligibly written symbols.
The book is also difficult to find in combination with the two cassette tapes that go with it, and without them, the book is rather useless. The cassette tapes are where the real information lies, and the book is merely a companion with explanations of how to use the tapes and transcripts of the conversations and monologues as heard on the tapes.
I say, save your money. Rent a video with your preferred dialect instead.
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Versitile Book for the Speech Student and Actor April 3 2000
By susan matroni - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I found, "Dialects for the Stage" not only helpful in equiping aspiring actors and actresses with the necessary information towards a believably authenic dialect, but also the book is wonderful for the student who is interested in dialect coaching. The hardback feature makes it a excellent resource for years to come.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great help for actors May 14 2007
By Jan H. Wolfe - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Learning a dialect for the stage is a difficult thing to do, but this book and CD make it easier. There are detailed descriptions for the advanced speaker and wonderful exercises for the beginning to intermediate actor. A must for directors to keep in their libraries.
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