on August 10, 2001
As an actress, I've spent many hours thumbing through monologue books that featured what seemed to be exactly three plays, repeated over and over again. These were, in general, The Diary of Anne Frank, The Miss Firecracker Contest, and Agnes of God. Now, all of these are good plays, but trust me, EVERYONE DOES THEM at auditions. That's why this book is so great! First of all, instead of merely giving you excerpts of plays, this book gives you each play in entirety. This is important because good acting requires that one reads the entire play, not merely a few paragraphs. Also, the range of characters is liberating, ranging from very old to pre-teen parts. Anyway, the long and the short of it is that using two monologues from this book got me into a B.F.A. Acting program. Obviously, it's not a magic book that will cause casting directors to gasp with delight and fall into your arms, but it is a useful tool, and far superior to many other books out there.
on December 3, 2000
Could there be better plays for actresses? I don't think so. The Beautiful Bodies play is so wild and hysterically funny with six great parts, ditto Last of the Great Waitresses. I like David's Red Death too...and Catholic Schoolgirls. This is an all female festival. Wow! I wish I could see them all and act in most of them. They know how to pick'em. The editors have really chosen well and given actresses all over the world a shot at appearing at their best. Pure theatre! This is the perfect launch for women starting their own production companies or all girl groups finding fresh material. Bravo!
on October 29, 2000
anyone who cares about great roles for actresses will want this book. I bought several copies to give to friends in theatre. The plays are terrific...This is great reading, even if you don't act. A chance to catch up with dramatic literature. I felt like I had been to a theatre festival by the time I finished reading the plays. Don't miss Last of the Great Waitresses, Catholic School Girls, Beautiful Bodies or any of the others. There's not a dog in the bunch.
on September 8, 2000
This collection will keep actresses working and happy for decades. All the plays are winners and provide magnificent roles for talented women. The book is also fun to read! The editors are theatrical genuises and should be producing for Broadway and off Broadway --they have brilliant taste, an eye for tragedy, comedy and just plain all out exciting theatre. I want to see, read, devour these plays..and I'm not even an actress.
on May 8, 2000
This is, by far, the most useful book that I have ever had the pleasure of owning when it comes to my acting career. Every play included in it is absolutely amazing, and there are loads of scenes and monologues that are just screaming to be used in classes. I HIGHLY recommend it for anyone who works as an actress, wants to be an actress, or just likes to read some good plays every so often.