On Directing has ratings and 11 reviews. Feliks said: A decent/adequate survey of all the basic theatrical principles –supported by a rich trove of. Harold Edgar Clurman (September 18, – September 9, ) was an American theatre The play’s success led Clurman to develop his directing style. On Directing by Harold Clurman – “A straightforward, tasteful, and articulate account of what it is to bring a play to palpitating life upon a stage” (The New.

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You learn all about how Directin made his mark on the stage– but not at all about how to go about directing a play of your own. Lists with This Book. We’re simply in a much more media-aware age than whenever this book came out. Basically you can read his ‘old notes’ for famous stage plays.

I feel like Clurman is my uncle.

Let It Be Art – Harold Clurman

I played an important shepherd in a musical called “No Phibbin’ Mephiboseth”. Harold Clurman, director of such memorable productions as A Member xirecting the Wedding and Uncle Vanyadescribes the pleasures and perils of working with such celebrated playwrights and actors as Marlon Brando, Arthur Miller, Julie Harris, and Lillian Hellman.

Of particular interest are a handwritten draft of The Fervent Yearsa photocopy typescript of “Plans for a First Studio,” handwritten and typescript drafts of Lies Like Truthand an edited typescript of Reminiscences: At first I floundered badly because for many years I had become accustomed to using specific outer directions as the material from which to construct the mask for my character, the mask behind which I would hide throughout the performance.


Great for all directors – good notes in the end. It must relate to the world we live in.

Hell, how many people recognize the names of the playwrights he has directed plays of anymore? On Directing by Harold Clurman. He demanded ME in the role. Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands. This is helping me put my mind into my directing.

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At the end of it all, its simply a pleasant, ‘fireside chat’ of a book. As he says in his introduction he doesn’t give step by step instruction though his chapters follow a natural evolution of a play, at least a Broadway play.

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Clurman refused to accept a mask. Together with the like-minded Cheryl Crawford and Lee Strasberghe began to create what would become the Group Theatre. Eirhab rated it really liked it Oct 10, Sign up here to receive your FREE alerts. A Book About the Theatre: Clurmam on Directing Paperback.

On Directing

In Clurman married Stella Adlera charismatic theatre actress and later a renowned New York acting coach. On Directing Trade Paperback Present here is his advice to all directors, that new really only invented in the latter part of the 19th century creature of the world’s oldest art form. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. In this classic guide to directing, we are taken logically from the choice of the play clurnan through ever aspect of its production to performances This was much later followed by a Middle School version of “The Hobbit” and then, in High School, I tried to act in at least two plays a year.


In addition to his directing career, he was drama critic for The New Republic —52 and The Nation —helping shape American theater by writing about it.

Alex Bala rated it liked it Nov 17, Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. Andy Albers rated it it was ok Mar 03, For the intermediate and advanced directors, they too have certain ideas on how a production should look and work. In this classic guide to directing, we are taken logically from the choice of the play right through ever aspect of its production to performances and beyond. Sign up and get a free eBook! Clurman was the directinb of the group — he knew multiple languages, read widely, and listened to a broad array of music.

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Published April 3rd by Touchstone first published January 1st He opened a new world in the professional theatre for me. He became a stage manager and play reader for the Theatre Guild. I’m new to directing dirwcting got much useful advice from Clurman. He also used Richard Boleslavsky’s technique of identifying the “spine,” or main action, of each character, then using those to determine the spine of the play.

It was also really clear and practical, without being too basic.