Not just another compilation of monologue materials for actors, Beard's collection is a decidedly good one. Overdone monologue materials are the bane of casting directors and acting teachers. Student actors are forever coming up with monologue materials that should have been retired years ago. Baird includes very little overdone or trite material. Instead he provides materials not many actors know, and thus materials that few directors have heard. Strongest in its classical selections, the volume includes a great many obscure monologues from historical plays. This book will be popular and is recommended for college and university student actors and teachers and those in the business of theater. It is the best of the recent collections of audition materials, particularly for period pieces. Copyright 1999 American Library AssociationReview by Library Journal Reviews
This latest entry in the publisher's popular monolog series contains choice selections from mostly major dramatic works for brief auditions. Written from the 15th through the late 20th century, these excerpts derive from some of the world's great dramatists, including Moliere, Mercy Warren, Oscar Wilde, Eugene O'Neill, Christopher Durang, and Harold Pinter. The book is divided between women's and men's monologs, and each work is prefaced by a very brief contextual paragraph. Auditioning actors should find this a valuable resource. Recommended for theater arts collections in high school, academic, and public libraries.?Howard E. Miller, St. Louis Science Ctr. Copyright 1997 Cahners Business Information.
Provides a collection of monologues taken from fiction, essays, and poetry.