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The title says it all Nice read Practicing with Brad Heller right now Don s protege If you re interested in classes, give me a buzz Their technique booked me my first theatrical agent. At last, a book about acting that makes sense It s long out of print but I was lucky enough to find a copy Practical, no bullshit and very doable advice here. Extremely grateful to have gotten the opportunity to read this What turned me on to Don Richardson was discovering that he was John Cassavetes acting mentor and I have always found John Cassavetes work as an actor to be incredible, almost as much as his work as a filmmaker so, I absolutely had to find out for myself And I was not disappointed It was interesting to read this book after finishing Stanislavski s An Actor s Work, as Richardson describes several different aspects of Stanislavsk Extremely grateful to have gotten the opportunity to read this What turned me on to Don Richardson was discovering that he was John Cassavetes acting mentor and I have always found John Cassavetes work as an actor to be incredible, almost as much as his work as a filmmaker so, I absolutely had to find out for myself And I was not disappointed It was interesting to read this book after finishing Stanislavski s An Actor s Work, as Richardson describes several different aspects of Stanislavski s work that he draws on here He also negates the work of Uta Hagen, Stella Adler to a certain extent , but absolutely fails against Lee Strasberg and all the damage he has done to the American actor and the American theatre and you could even argue film Don Richardson was a member of the famous Group Theatre and since he knew Strasberg, the Adlers, and Elia Kazan personally, I think his criticisms of their work, as beginners and professionals, is valid He attributes most of his work to his own mentor Charles Jehlinger, who taught acting in a very simple approach This book s subtitle is An Alternative to the Method which only further points out Richardson s obvious disgust with what people think the Method is and all things Strasberg related and here, Richardson outlines how the modern actor can arrive at a good performance without having to burden one s own mental state to get the performance In most cases anyways, when an audience is engaging with an actor who is losing his mind for the role, it looks self serving, pretentious, and lacking in emotional connection between the audience member and performer But here, Richardson explains how simple acting can be and how the actor can arrive at better performances in easier and simpler ways, bringing acting back to the feeling of playing pretend when people were children He explains mostly that emotions are the basis of a good actor and that it is directly tied to the physical Something which is oftentimes forgotten when dealing with lovers of Strasberg and actors who exhibit naughty behavior for a mumbling performance Strasberg based his method on HALF of Stanislavski s teachings, pushing it as the real thing, which is a conversation for another time He also waxes poetic that the the best work you can get is through lots and lots of rehearsal and work at home You can t use techniques in the middle of the performance you need a fully realized character Richardson sounds like a great guy to have known and I found myself laughing quite a lot at certain actors whose performances were lackluster, although their names are associated with great praise, or in approaches that have been told to work but really only end up alienating audience members I really enjoyed this book and I found the advice to be straightforward, helpful, and honest As I am an actor and follow various methods, i learnt about Don Richardson s book from a friend..Now i am interested in reading it as it might help sharpen my acting skills further. This book by Don Richardson is dedicated to the teachings of Charles Jehlinger, an acting teacher who taught Don Richardson This is an alternative to The Method, as the title reads, and provides acting principles for the modern day The methods described here are extremely useful and effective I am not an actor by any means, but these acting practices really work This book is insightful in not only discovering a character you want to play, butabout yourself too. 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