True and False
Heresy and Common Sense for the Actor
By David Mamet
Vintage Books USA, Paperback, 9780679772644, 144pp.
Publication Date: February 1999
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Acting schools, "interpretation," "sense memory," "The Method"--David Mamet takes a jackhammer to the idols of contemporary acting, while revealing the true heroism and nobility of the craft. He shows actors how to undertake auditions and rehearsals, deal with agents and directors, engage audiences, and stay faithful to the script, while rejecting the temptations that seduce so many of their colleagues. Bracing in its clarity, exhilarating in its common sense, "True and False" is invaluable.
"Mamet manages to demolish the myths...that pass for theory with regard o acting and directing. . . True and False is a revealing book of the highest order and a pleasure to read"—Anthony Hopkins
"Hard-edged, pragmatic and idealistic. . . . Every actor or would-be actor should read this book."—Chicago Tribune
"Trenchant...Meet’s pared-down, occasionally cryptic prose can make powerful sense."—The New York Times
"This book should be read and considered by everyone who acts."—Steve Martin