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"If it happens in life, it can happen on stage." With a fresh approach and powerful techniques, the Complete Improviser strives to liberate players from the classic improv rules. While well-meaning, many of the classic rules and approaches to improv (such as always say yes and don't ask questions) say that certain scenes and choices are improper or completely illegal. Yet "If it happens in life, it can happen on stage." With a fresh approach and powerful techniques, the Complete Improviser strives to liberate players from the classic improv rules. While well-meaning, many of the classic rules and approaches to improv (such as always say yes and don't ask questions) say that certain scenes and choices are improper or completely illegal. Yet many of those illegal situations happen in our everyday lives. They also happen in the lives of characters in books, TV shows, and movies without any problems. When we recognize and play by the rules of life, many of the common confusions and stumbling blocks with traditional improvisation go away. Combining basics with pro tips, actors, improvisers, drama teachers, theater directors and new players of all backgrounds will find tremendous value with this life-first, in the moment philosophy. Though primarily focused on Chicago-style long form improv, readers will find information on relationship scenes, game scenes, and long form strategies with sample forms. Included are exercises with examples.


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"If it happens in life, it can happen on stage." With a fresh approach and powerful techniques, the Complete Improviser strives to liberate players from the classic improv rules. While well-meaning, many of the classic rules and approaches to improv (such as always say yes and don't ask questions) say that certain scenes and choices are improper or completely illegal. Yet "If it happens in life, it can happen on stage." With a fresh approach and powerful techniques, the Complete Improviser strives to liberate players from the classic improv rules. While well-meaning, many of the classic rules and approaches to improv (such as always say yes and don't ask questions) say that certain scenes and choices are improper or completely illegal. Yet many of those illegal situations happen in our everyday lives. They also happen in the lives of characters in books, TV shows, and movies without any problems. When we recognize and play by the rules of life, many of the common confusions and stumbling blocks with traditional improvisation go away. Combining basics with pro tips, actors, improvisers, drama teachers, theater directors and new players of all backgrounds will find tremendous value with this life-first, in the moment philosophy. Though primarily focused on Chicago-style long form improv, readers will find information on relationship scenes, game scenes, and long form strategies with sample forms. Included are exercises with examples.

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  1. 4 out of 5

    Otto

    I really enjoyed this. Bill provides a unique perspective on improv that gives equal credit to styles focused on game of the scene or relationship. The scene work section and advice on how to play common scene types and show games (his term combining openings and group games) are the real highlights. His emphasis on playing the moment instead of "doing it right" once you're on stage is something I think all improvisers need to be reminded of often. There is some strange formatting and copy in th I really enjoyed this. Bill provides a unique perspective on improv that gives equal credit to styles focused on game of the scene or relationship. The scene work section and advice on how to play common scene types and show games (his term combining openings and group games) are the real highlights. His emphasis on playing the moment instead of "doing it right" once you're on stage is something I think all improvisers need to be reminded of often. There is some strange formatting and copy in the book at times, but the content here is great.

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