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The Sanford Meisner Approach Vol. II: Emotions [Paperback]

Larry Silverberg
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March 1979 1575250748 978-1575250748
Shortly before his death, Sanford Meisner arranged for Larry Silverberg to create a written legacy of his teaching techniques. This book is the second of four books in the Sanford Meisner series.

In this extraordinary new book, Silverberg demystifies the emotional demands of acting and leads the actor through a process aimed at tapping into and deepening his own emotional instrument. Not only will actors gain insight into the whole realm of the emotions, they will see very clearly the traps most actors fall into when it comes to "being emotional" on stage. A healthier and more effective way of working will be taught -- a way of working which brings the actor powerful and unique creativity to every part.


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1.0 out of 5 stars Doesn't deliver what it promises Sept. 21 2011
By Yadira
Format:Paperback
Should anyone get the wrong impression about this book please understand (for your own sakes should you purchase this) that Sanford Meisner did not arrange for Larry Silverberg to write down any of this work. The description of "shortly before his death Sanford Meisner arranged for etc etc" is a complete fabrication and I believe Larry Silverberg himself would deny the description himself. He knows full well that Meisner did not arrange anything in this manner with Larry Silverberg. Now Larry may be a fine individual and given all the reviews it sounds true. But the book is another matter. You just can't learn this stuff from a book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars At Last! Acting without Psychotherapy May 30 2000
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Larry Silverberg clarifies his mentor's theories and provides us with a systematic, effective approach to acting's emotional component. Gone are the exercises dealing with the actor's personal emotional trauma--no more teacher as therapist. Meisner's approach is in the "now" and works in the fertile field of the actor's imagination. With practice it works every time. Larry Silverberg has crafted a treasure.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Antithesis of Strasberg Nov. 10 2008
By Dean F. Lundquist - Published on Amazon.com
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In my opinion, Lee Strasberg's indefatigable attachment to "Emotional" or "Affective Memory", a technique that Stanisklavski later disregarded as unusable, has done more to harm the training of an actor than it did good. This misconception was the basis for "The Method". Both Sandy Meisner and Stella Adler knew that Strasberg got it wrong. This was partly the reason for the rift in The Group Theatre. Sandy knew from his experience as an actor, that using memory to re-create emotion on stage would disconnect the actor from his environment, and done night after night, would lead the poor fellow to madness or a nervous breakdown. Dustin Hoffmann's performance in "Death of a Salesman" on Broadway are living proof. While "The Method" might sometimes work for the camera, it doesn't work for the rigor demanded of the stage. Meisner's approach relies on and nurtures the actor's imagination to put him or herself into the appropriate emotional state for the imaginary circumstances of the drama. Silverberg's book is practical and essential. It is a workbook, not a textbook. It contains practical exercises, frank anecdotes and the underlying theory behind the exercises. Great work, Larry. I am certain that Sandy would be very proud of his star pupil.
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5.0 out of 5 stars At Last! Acting without Psychotherapy May 30 2000
By Jeanne Everton - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Larry Silverberg clarifies his mentor's theories and provides us with a systematic, effective approach to acting's emotional component. Gone are the exercises dealing with the actor's personal emotional trauma--no more teacher as therapist. Meisner's approach is in the "now" and works in the fertile field of the actor's imagination. With practice it works every time. Larry Silverberg has crafted a treasure.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bravo Silverberg Oct. 4 2011
By Allan Byrne - Published on Amazon.com
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I have been a professional actor for 30 years. About fifteen years ago I was verylucky. I picked up Larry Siverberg's first book on the Sanford Meisner approach. It changed my life as an actor, and as a teacher. I know of no finer book on acting, and I have read a lot of them. It is the clearest, the most step by step, and the most inspirational book on true acting that has ever been written. This also holds for the other three books in his series. Did reading his book make me a better actor over night? Of course not. And Larry Silverberg never said that it would. Let me repeat that - he never said that it would! So what did it do? It opened a path that I could begin to follow - a long and very difficult path, but a wonderous and life changing journey. It showed me where my training was lacking, and what real actor training could be. It inspired me and gave me a map to use to begin exploring with fellow actors the craft of acting. And it lead me to seek out new teachers. I am a better actor because of this book.
I have used Larry Silverber's books in many university acting and directing classes. When I started using his first volume, teaching became fun and exciting again. I have seen his approach work with so many students, and it is miraculous. I can not recomend his books highly enough as either an introduction to what true acting can be, or as the beginning of a wonderful journey.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Remarkable Book Sept. 21 2011
By Matthew Hamner - Published on Amazon.com
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I have a MFA in acting from the University of Central Florida, and I teach acting at Christian Brothers University in Memphis Tennessee. I studied with Larry Silverberg for two summers. He is as remarkable a teacher as he is a writer. Even though one might think it is extremely difficult to explain the Meisner technique in a book, Larry has accomplished that. Like many, I believe you need to study acting in a class to learn the craft, but these series of books are a rare exception. Not only do they teach the technique using a step by step process which allows the actor to really understand what s/he is doing, but they reveal the essence of the Meisner approach which is to specify a role until it has ULTIMATE MEANING for YOU!

Also, if you didn't know by now from reading the other reviews, "Meisner gave Larry and Smith & Kraus written permission to publish these books.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This series is an inspiration. Sept. 21 2011
By Michael E. Nering - Published on Amazon.com
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I encountered these books several years ago as I am a college professor and am constantly seeking out fresh ideas and approaches to acting. I had studied with a few people trained in the Mesiner technique, but always felt I was missing something. When I read the first book of the series I realized I had found something I had been seeking: a step by step approach to the Mesiner technique. Each chapter builds upon the last and I, as a student, felt that reading the books gave me practical tools I could bring to the craft of acting. As I am a union actor working primarily in Shakespeare I was surprised to find the Meisner techniques found in these books informed my performing in very interesting and valuable ways. Yes, Meisner preparation and moment to moment work made me a better Shakespearean actor. I also appreciated how much these books helped me tailor my introduction of Meisner technique in the University classroom. I enjoyed working from the books so much that I decided to study directly with the author. I contacted Larry and was thrilled to find he taught several levels of Meisner work. I have been teaching acting for 30 years and can say that Larry Silverberg is the teacher I have been looking for. His generosity in the classroom. his commitment to student growth, his laser beam attention to the work, his warmth, and his sweet sense of humor combine to create a learning environment that is as unique as it is valuable. These qualities are present in his books. Read them and listen to Larry's "voice"- he is as excited as you are to plunge into the work. This quality is alive in those books and it is evident when you work with Larry. Frankly these books are of great value to me. Now that Meisner is passed I feel that we are so lucky to have Larry Silverberg's codification of the Meisner techniques. Read them and know that they are written by someone who is grounded in sincerity and dedication to our craft. There is an informal tone to the writing throughout sections of the books- treasure those sections because they represent Larry as he is during a break, talking and exploring with his students. The books are written in the spirit of a tribal elder- Larry speaks to the reader as if he knows you because, in a way, he DOES- since actors are similar in their deep desire to get better and better at stimulating an audience with a vital performance of an author's character. He is the opposite of slick and his books read that way. He is warm, nurturing, and deeply understanding. I celebrate the day I found these books and recommend them to you with great enthusiasm.
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