Bentley, Eric
January 1953
New Republic;1/19/53, Vol. 128 Issue 3, p22
Presents information regarding the development of the nature of acting since the days of William Shakespeare. Classification of acting as natural and artificial in the days of Shakespeare; Classification of critics of acting in two classes, those who believe that acting has become so natural it lacks beauty and those who say it has become so fancy it lacks naturalness; Argument that even the minimum requirements of good acting are so considerable that several of the actors have more in common with each other than any one of them has with a defective, one-sided actor, natural or artificial; Stress on particular characteristics of an actor rather than on his generalities.


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