Rating: Significant Shortcomings
Reading/Interest Level: Young Adult
Author: Gerald Lee Ratliff
Publisher: Meriwether Publishing Ltd.
This handbook begins with some rather helpful suggestions for young actors wishing to prepare a monologue for an audition. It covers audition etiquette, components of a strong monologue choice, some rehearsal techniques, and the importance of studying the entire script from which your monologue is chosen. The pieces are divided into thematic sections, each with an explanation including additional acting advice.
Disappointingly, much of the good advice given at the start of the book is ignored in the monologue selections included in the book. About half of the monologues are cut from existing, full length plays while the remainder included are written as stand-alone speeches. Many of the selections are more concerned with social commentary, a political agenda, or shock factor, than with a strong character with an objective to reach – mentioned in the introduction as keys to a good monologue choice. The acting advice given is often more poetic than helpful, especially to a beginning actor. Additionally, the book is inexplicably interspersed with duo scenes. With some digging and a careful eye, some of the monologues in this collection could be useful for a young actress preparing for an audition.
*Contains moderate violence.