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Notes On A Cowardly Lion

Author : John Lahr
ISBN : 9781453288740
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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A son’s funny, frank, and “endlessly fascinating” memoir of his father, Wizard of Oz star Bert Lahr (Harper’s Magazine). Bert Lahr, best known for his role as the Cowardly Lion in The Wizard of Oz, made audiences laugh from burlesque stages to vaudeville to Broadway—and impressed them as Estragon in the American theater debut of Waiting for Godot. But reality wasn’t always funny for the legendary actor and comedian, or his family. Drawing on personal recollections and the memories of his father’s colleagues, a veteran writer for the New Yorker and renowned theater critic brilliantly explores both the long and glorious professional career of a Hollywood icon and the experience of growing up with him. Here, in rich detail, is Bert Lahr evolving from a low-comic star to a Ziegfeld Follies sophisticate, hamming it up with the Scarecrow and Tin Man on the set of TheWizard of Oz, and garnering rich praise as he performed in Samuel Beckett’s masterpiece. But while Lahr could be equally raucous and polished in public, in private he was painfully insecure and self-absorbed, keeping his family at arm’s length as he quietly battled his inner demons. “A work of literature, a work of history, a subtle psychological study,” Notes on a Cowardly Lion is more than one man’s quest to understand his father. It is an extraordinary examination of a life on the stage and screen (Harper’s Magazine). From a writer with an intimate knowledge of the theater and show business world, this is both a “frank and objective” (The New York Times Book Review) family memoir that will appeal to readers of Carrie Fisher’s Wishful Drinking or Alan Cumming’s Not My Father’s Son, and a “book-length love letter. To open it is to enter a life, to participate in a sensibility and, perhaps most important, to laugh. Uproariously” (Life).

Acting Comedy

Author : Christopher Olsen
ISBN : 9781317486657
Genre : Performing Arts
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Despite being roundly cited as much harder to perform than its dramatic counterpart, comic acting is traditionally seen as a performance genre that can’t be taught. At best it is often described as a skill that can only be learned "on the job" through years of practice, or given to a performer through natural talent. Acting Comedy is an effort to examine this idea more rigorously by looking at different aspects of the comic actor’s craft. Each chapter is written by an expert in a particular form—from actors and directors to teachers and standup comedians. Topics covered include: how performers work with audiences how comic texts can be enhanced through word and musical rhythm analysis how physical movements can generate comic moments and build character. This book is an invaluable resource for any performer focusing on the minute details of comic acting, even down to exactly how one delivers a joke on stage. Christopher Olsen’s unique collection of comic voices will prove essential reading for students and professionals alike.

Notes On A Cowardly Lion

Author : Dogukan Akbulut
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John Lahr's stunning and complex biography of his father, the legendary actor and comedian Bert LahrPart biography, part history of American show business, Notes on a Cowardly Lion is John Lahr's masterwork: an all-encompassing biography of his father, the comedian and performer Bert Lahr. Best known as the Cowardly Lion in MGM's classic The Wizard of Oz, Lahr was a consummate artist whose career spanned burlesque, vaudeville, Broadway, and Hollywood. While he could be equally raucous and polished in public, Lahr was painfully insecure and self-absorbed in private, keeping his family at arm's length as he quietly battled his inner demons. Told with an impressive objectivity and keen understanding of the construction—and destruction—of the performer, Notes on a Cowardly Lion is more than one man's quest to understand his father. It is an extraordinary examination of a life on the stage.

Tennessee Williams

Author : John Lahr
ISBN : 9781408845769
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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On 31 March 1945, at The Playhouse Theatre on Forty-Eight Street the curtain rose on the opening night of The Glass Menagerie. Tennessee Williams, the show's thirty-four-year-old playwright, sat hunched in an aisle seat, looking, according to one paper, 'like a farm boy in his Sunday best'. The Broadway premiere, which had been heading for disaster, closed to an astonishing twenty-four curtain calls and became an instant sell-out. Beloved by an American public, Tennessee Williams's work – blood hot and personal – pioneered, as Arthur Miller declared, 'a revolution' in American theatre. Tracing Williams's turbulent moral and psychological shifts, acclaimed theatre critic John Lahr sheds new light on the man and his work, as well as the America his plays helped to define. Williams created characters so large that they have become part of American folklore: Blanche, Stanley, Big Daddy, Brick, Amanda and Laura transcend their stories, haunting us with their fierce, flawed lives. Similarly, Williams himself swung high and low in his single-minded pursuit of greatness. Lahr shows how Williams's late-blooming homosexual rebellion, his struggle against madness, his grief-struck relationships with his combustible father, prim and pious mother and 'mad' sister Rose, victim to one of the first lobotomies in America, became central themes in his drama. Including Williams's poems, stories, journals and private correspondence in his discussion of the work – posthumously Williams has been regarded as one of the best letter writers of his day – Lahr delivers an astoundingly sensitive and lively reassessment of one of America's greatest dramatists. Tennessee Williams: Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh is the long-awaited, definitive life and a masterpiece of the biographer's art.

A Portrait Of The Artist As Australian

Author : Paul Matthew St Pierre
ISBN : 9780773571624
Genre : Performing Arts
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A Portrait of the Artist as Australian offers the first critical assessment of Barry Humphries' entire career - as a daring postmodern deconstructionist on stage, film, and television, with sixty-seven stage shows, twenty-four film and thirty-four video appearances, thirty-four television series and seventy-one television appearances, and seventy-two audio recordings, but especially what he calls his "second career" as author of twenty-nine books. With an oeuvre that includes novels, biographies, autobiographies, editions, compilations, comic books, poetry, dramatic monologues, sketches, film scripts, and several unclassified works, Humphries is a literary and dramatic artist of considerable significance. Arguing that Humphries is one of Australia's greatest writers, Paul Matthew St Pierre reveals a multi-faceted artist whose success is rooted in music halls, Dadaism, and his identity as an Australian.

Samuel Beckett S Waiting For Godot

Author : William Hutchings
ISBN : 0313308799
Genre : Drama
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Texts -- Meaning -- Intellectual contexts -- Dramatic art -- Performance.

I D Much Rather Laugh Preferisco Ridere

Author : Vincent Licitra
ISBN : 9781479739813
Genre : Political Science
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Do not read this book if you are weak, scared, or otherwise indifferent to the world around you. Put this book down if you could care less about America and Americans or if you tire easily, are distracted quickly and would rather be superficially entertained while consuming a large bucket of popcorn. Stay away if you are content with your lot in life or do not believe in the power of love or the ability of the underdog to overcome hatred and evil intent on pressing down on the lives of your fellow man. Don’t pick this book up because it can impact your world in ways you may not be prepared to experience. This is a story of my life as I've lived it, and as I've come to see all things including: struggle, envy, scorn, individualism, prejudice and politics. The future must be confronted for it is always but one second removed from the present. Prepare to face your destiny and live a little. If you are still in possession of this written material, let me thank you for being at least willing to think outside the box, for examining the possibility of being willing to live outside the box, and perhaps for participating in a movement to utterly destroy the box we've all been placed in, which, in its current set up, permits not the realization of American democracy. God Speed.

Heart Of The Tin Man

Author : Jack Haley
ISBN : UCSC:32106015223875
Genre : Literary Collections
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Known by millions as the beloved Tin Man without a heart, Jack Haley went well beyond his legendary role in The Wizard of Oz during his career in entertainment. He put his heart into his life and work. He was a pioneer of the vaudeville era, was an accomplis hed stage actor and dancer, and he appeared in more than forty films. This collection of his writings is a wonderful legacy of words that honors his life and memories.

Joe E Brown

Author : Wes D. Gehring
ISBN : 9780786425891
Genre : Sports & Recreation
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"The reader learns of Joe E. Brown's childhood and how it prepared him for later screen roles, and how his love of baseball translated into screen successes. His career in vaudeville, his work as a Broadway comedian, his road to movie stardom, and how hep

Show And Tell

Author : John Lahr
ISBN : 0520233778
Genre : History
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"What a talented, wonderful, and complete writer."--Mel Brooks "By far the best thing about my stuff I've ever read."--Arthur Miller "These are wonderful portraits."--Edna O'Brien "The high-water mark of theatrical reportage. Exhilarating! Smart! Lahr gives as much thunderous pleasure as the great entertainers he writes about."--Richard Avedon "There's never been an American critic like John Lahr. His writing exalts, honors, and dignifies the profession and, more importantly, the art."--Tony Kushner

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