Entertainment: August 2007 Archives

From stage to page

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In this day and age of celebrity-oriented magazines, gossip-driven Web sites and partying starlets trying to stay out of jail, we sometimes forget there are folks out there in show business — be it acting, singing, dancing, what have you — that take it seriously.

Just as an advertising executive prepares a speech and formulates ideas before presenting to a client, serious actors read scripts, research roles, memorize lines, show up for work and do their jobs.

In Actors at Work (Faber and Faber, 369 pages, $16, paperback), authors Rosemarie Tichler and Barry Jay Kaplan, interviewed 14 working actors about the ways they work.

Meryl Streep, for example...

Actors at Work