I Hate Strasberg

Method Bashing in the Academy
  • David Krasner


What follows is an examination of Method acting based on analysis of its theories, practice, and potential for future development. This work probes the accomplishments of the Method and assesses its relationship to other theories of performance. After writing an essay that summarized what Method acting is,2 I concluded that a book would be required to explain in full what Method acting means. Because much has been said in criticism about the Method, this work seeks to set the record straight. It is an attempt to tie down the variety of meanings of the term “Method acting” and to illuminate its purposes in part by clearing up prevailing misrepresentations. By exploring a balanced view of the Method as well as other theories of performance, we will bring actor training into clearer perspective. The chapters in this book, I believe, will make this possible.


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