The Technique of Inner Action: The Soul of a Performer's Work
This book focuses on the inner work of a performer. It takes up where Stanislavski's study of inner work left off and then expands inner action into a comprehensive discipline for developing an inner technique as precise and concrete as those use to develop external skills like voice and movement. Bill Bruehl argues that authentic emotions are expressed when performers focus on the internal aspirations of their character and on the flow of actions in the play. Mastery of inner action allows a performer to interpret a character with clarity, maximize creative potential, and insure authentic expression of emotion and spontaneity in performance.
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Katherine, the "shrew," is a powerful character. It would be easy for some to
decide that she is the protagonist of The Taming of the Shrew because she fights
so hard to keep men at a distance. Others might decide that she wants to
Is it Katherine 's speech at the end when she yields to her husband and urges all
other women to do the same? If so, the play must be a paean to male dominance.
And it certainly isn't that. Does it happen when she brings on the errant wives ...
If Katherine should suddenly respond to Petruchio with an unaccustomed dark
fury when he expects a lighter touch characteristic of their rehearsals, he can't
just ignore her. He must respond to her in a way that respects her choice. He