Harold Clurman, director of such memorable productions as A Member of the He also presents his own directing notes for ten of his best-known productions. Harold Edgar Clurman (September 18, – September 9, ) was an American theatre The play’s success led Clurman to develop his directing style. 19 Nov Harold Clurman is unique. Unique and singular. For there is only one man like him in our theater today. In this age of criticism in which the crea.

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But we may arrive at a firmer grasp of this ticklish problem if we cite instances of our common experience among contemporary playwrights and directors. He was influenced especially by the work of Jacques Copeau and the Moscow Art Theatrewhose permanent company built a strong creative force. It is time to say goodbye to the Biography shelf.

Let It Be Art – Harold Clurman

Clhrman constant sounds of shooting to kill on an ordinary city street were more or less taken for granted as normal. He really wants you to gravitate to use of his favorite phrase. Tearsheets and clippings of numerous reviews and essays by Clurman are also present.

Clurman went on to direct plays on Broadway, more than 40 in all, and write as a newspaper theatre critic. He attended Columbia and, at the age durecting 20, moved to France to study at the University of Paris. At the end of the second act the sympathetic ingenue of the play, while talking to her lover in her home, is shot and killed by an unseen triggerman from the street.

On Directing

I found Harold Clurman’s book for cheap at a bookstore and figured, “Why not? He also presents his own directing notes for ten of his best-known productions. Some nomenclature is more historic than aesthetic.


He believed that all the elements of a play—text, acting, lighting, scenery and direction—needed to work together to convey a unified message. Clurman refused to accept a mask.

Gorky was wise or simply shrewd when he assured both directors of Yegor Butlitchev — one at the Moscow Art Theatre, the other at the Vakhtangov Theatre — that each had done the play in exactly the right way, though the two productions were so dissimilar that they looked as if they had been based on two different scripts. It is not a ‘how-to’ or a ‘manual’ of any kind. Intensions among Clurman, Crawford and Strasberg caused the latter two to resign from the Group; four years later, the Group Theatre permanently disbanded.

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. They may be constrained by factors not present in the productions that Clurman discusses. He would be as meticulous about his dress as a courtier; his gait and address would strike the unaware observer as particularly poised and polished.

Script Work with the Playwright. So clueman book is fine in that it rehashes all that. Contents The Directors Theatre. Carrie Henry rated it really liked it Jan 15, Books on the history of acting, history of theatre, different methods, how-to books, these are mostly books I have had since high school.

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Harold Clurman

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Geils, Adam Ant, Loverboy. Apr 10, Feliks rated it it was ok Shelves: Basically you can read his ‘old notes’ for famous stage plays.

Lists with This Book. Thanks for telling us about the problem. In doing Golden Boy I received a considerable education through visits to the haunts of the boxing world and through many meetings with its personnel.

Directors Notes for Heartbreak House. He also presents his own directing notes for ten of his best-known productions. Trivia About On Directing. A must have for any theatre professional. The lectures brought together actors and other members of the theatre designers, stage managers who also felt dissatisfied with the state of American theatre.


His intuition as a writer was greater than his visual stage sense. It dirfcting why there can be so many different productions of the same play. Harold Clurman, director of such memorable productions as A Member of the Wedding and Uncle Vanyadescribes the pleasures and perils of working directkng such celebrated playwrights and actors as Marlon Brando, Arthur Miller, Julie Harris, curman Lillian Hellman. Elia Kazan played the role in accordance with this aim.

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. Have you never seen an actress in elaborate court costume of the sixteenth or seventeenth century cross the stage as if she were on her way to a tennis match? At times Harold even accurately predicts the future.

On Directing by Harold Clurman

You had to drag him from the room. The best thing is the examples at the back and even though the book is over 50 years old it still rings true. It is important to remember that style in the theatre is not chiefly a matter of decor, costumes and the like, but of acting.

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. I still have many self-described genres to get through.