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True and False: Heresy and Common Sense for the Actor Paperback – 22 Feb 1999

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"Mamet manages to demolish the myths...that pass for theory with regard o acting and directing. . . True and False is a revealing book of the highest order and a pleasure to read"--Anthony Hopkins

"Hard-edged, pragmatic and idealistic. . . . Every actor or would-be actor should read this book."--Chicago Tribune

"Trenchant...Meet's pared-down, occasionally cryptic prose can make powerful sense."--The New York Times

"This book should be read and considered by everyone who acts."--Steve Martin

About the Author

David Mamet is a Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and an Academy Award-nominated screenwriter, as well as a director, novelist, poet, and essayist. He has written the screenplays for more than twenty films, including Heist, Spartan, House of Games, The Spanish Prisoner, The Winslow Boy, Wag the Dog, and the Oscar-nominated The Verdict. His more than twenty plays include Oleanna, The Cryptogram, Speed-the-Plow, American Buffalo, Sexual Perversity in Chicago, and the Pulitzer Prizewinning Glengarry Glen Ross. Born in Chicago in 1947, Mamet has taught at the Yale School of Drama, New York University, and Goddard College, and is a founding member of the Atlantic Theater Company.

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