The Fervent Years The Group Theatre and the Thirties Da

  • Paperback
  • 352 pages
  • The Fervent Years The Group Theatre and the Thirties Da Capo Paperback
  • Harold Clurman
  • English
  • 19 October 2014
  • 9780306801860

10 thoughts on “The Fervent Years The Group Theatre and the Thirties Da Capo Paperback

  1. Gabriel Congdon Gabriel Congdon says:

    Eyes rise on GABE pacing his living room He peers at his laptop mumbling about the state of Goodreads ENTER BUHMANN Gabe’s roommateGabe I’m going to review the shit out of the Group Theater It’s perfect Gabe materialBuhmann It’s about time Are you going to talk about painters?Gabe I do like bringing up painters don’t I It’s a way of getting a return on all that fine art knowledge that so far hasn’t done much to edify my character Buhmann Is it true that in order to join the group theater you have to forfeit your name?Gabe You betcha The actors also during a rehearsal process could only say words that were also in their lines Any words not used in the play couldn’t be saidBuhmann Classic Gabe making stuff up Gabe Well I like a good fictionalization as much as the next lonely heart Ok let’s get at itGABE sits down and to type out his soon to be world famous Fervent Years reviewsFuck yeahWhat a read It was delightful and so many levels First of all all you theater geeks will freak Let me just drop a few names for ya Lee Strasberg Sandy Misner Stella Adler Ella Kazan Clifford Odets And you run into that cast pretty uick it’s not much One of the most infesting aspects is the way which Clurman performs and only kind of subtle scarf dance around the portents of radicalismClurman Yes you see we pay all our actors the same rate even if they perform a smaller part and we don’t feature any one actor and we list everyone’s name alphabetically but communism? NO no of course not I really don’t know anything about such things I’ve heard of this Marks fellow One of the actors read a manifesto by the man but I’m of an aesthete Yes one has only to imagine some of how these scenes played out At its core it’s a good nightmare book into the high risk high reward profession of starting a theater company Clurman at the beginning wanted the American theater to have its moment of aesthetics When Chekov’s The Seagull was first performed under the direction of Stanislavski it’s said that at the bow the audience was silent before a thunderous applause Clurman Co wanted to import Stanislavski techniue into American soil Did they have success?You’ll have to read the bookI’m kidding They don’t The goddamn theater is not a profitable enterprise and America has never really cared about the arts I’m sure you reader could look through the walls of your own local theater and see that it too is crumbling Scene II A day later Same settingBuhmann How was the review received? Gabe It was a huge success In fact I’ve received many awards and honors for the review and the book publisher said that with this renewed interest in The Fervent Years they want to take it on the road and they want me to be the showrunner And I told them yes damn it From here on out I’m running The Fervent Years by god and I’ll be the one to dictate the terms by which the Fervent Years will be made possible

  2. Andrea Izzy Andrea Izzy says:

    This is a must read for any student of theatre It details the roots of our current acting traditions in americaThe first hundred pages is very challenging In effort to provide a complete history of the Group the details become dense and the writing a bit clunky In fairness as the references and names become familiar the book becomes digestible It is fascinating both because of and in spite of the play by play style that Clurman employs I am left imagining Clurman as a man divided He seems to have a vision of an ideal and yet also I got the sense of him being removed an arm's length away Maybe it is the byproduct that comes with the self reflection of one's own past or history Perhaps it came across that way to me because of his desire to be objective about how things occurred In re reading Stella Adler's introduction to this edition I think it may have been this desire to be objective that spared me sixty four years after the first publication unfortunately of a better sense of Clurman as a person The introduction she wrote gives a visceral picture of the man though it is only a page and a halfHowever one thing is clear to me I am certain of the Group's impact on the generations that were born into this knowledge I think the upstart nature of theatre in the 21st century directly reflects this yearning of the group that prompted its birth in 1928 i think i shall read another of his booksUpdate watch this video for a good sense of his convictions I seen that prior to reading the book might have had a better sense

  3. Kari Kari says:

    Harold is a talker I understand why the Group members got frustrated with him

  4. Sanio Sanio says:

    Hands down most informative book that I’ve read on the history of modern theatre 3

  5. Krister Ekeroth Krister Ekeroth says:

    Stumbled on this one at an antiuarian's years and years ago and picked it up Had I not read among others Mel Gordon's book on the Stanislavski techniue and had hung around the Cinemateue watching Kazan's and Brando's collaboration I might as well had put it back innthe shelves Now I didn't This is the story of how modern acting came to be If you are looking at this you most assuredly know Stanislavski and the crazy transcending work at the MAT Moscow Art Theatre The people working in the Group Theatre took these precious learnings to their heart diverted struggled against each other in factions with the result being nothing was ever the same again in films and theatre You belong to one of the factions or believe in some of the sectarianism that still is out there Reading this might bring you the full circle back to the beginning of creativity which I guess was the original intention at the MAT

  6. Ray Ray says:

    The Fervent Years deals with the creation of The Group Theatre one of the founding performing companies in American TheatreThis book written in 1944 describes the building blocks the rise and the fall and eventual demise of this organization of actors directors playwrights producers and others responsible for a major infusion of talent and ideas in this theatrical endeavor The author Harold Clurman along with Lee Strasberg and Cheryl Crawford formed the company in the late 1920's with productions running from 1931 to 1941 Along the way some of the early greats of the performance scene are talked about Stella Adler Clifford Odets Elia Kazan Constantine Stanislavsky Luther Adler Franchot Tone John Garfield Morris Carnovsky Bobby Lewis and Sandy Meisner This was not an easy read for meIt's told as a memoir with very little dialogue and a great deal of discussion on the state of the theatre during that period The actors involved were barely making a living struggling for survival while management turned down opportunities to present works that might have turned a profit and enabled better times for the company I had difficulty condoning actions which were taken or often not taken For someone in the performance fields actors particularly I would say this is an important read Otherwise it could be tough going

  7. Joy Joy says:

    Man o man This one took me awhile I did find it inspiring and uplifting at times and hopelessly dry at others It's uite literally a play by play of The Group Theatre from beginning to end It's interesting that the struggles Clurman was facing are the same ones we face today the commercialism a small and narrow audience pool the lack of good theater people willing to actually change something and take society into account when choosing and developing work He fights over and over to save his theater and hold his group together and in the end kinda gives up He includes a uote from DH Lawrence The essential function of art is moral But a passionate implicit morality not didactic A morality which changes the blood rather than the mindchanges the blood first The mind follows later in the wake

  8. Catherine Catherine says:

    Harold Clurman's memoir of the Group Theatre is enlightening and inspiring It's also a bit dry As far as showing me what a little fervency and passion can accomplish Clurman gets a gold star However their endless self criticism and refusal to accept any scriptproductionpraise as good seem to me to be a large part of their inability to continue I believe I understand why the Group Theatre is a fundamentally huge building block of modern American theatre but I think that we can learn as much from their failures as we can from their successes If nothing else we can take from The Fervent Years the notion that wishing we could have done things differently is worthless; instead we should learn from the past and apply those lessons to the present

  9. Beth Phillips Beth Phillips says:

    The Fervent Years is a classic that should be familiar to all students of theatre; I was fortunate to encounter it way back in the '60s when I was in high school It remains one of the most pleasurable and inspiring reads of any mid 20th century memoir as well as being an essential account of one of American theatre's most fecund periods The perspective is that of only one member of the Group Theatre albeit a seminal one but the writing is masterful and the insight unparalleled I'm delighted to be forced to rely on it for my research and thus find myself reading some passages repeatedly sometimes just to savor the writing not to mention Clurman's wisdom

  10. Suzanne Suzanne says:

    What theater geek couldn't love Clurman's stories of Stella Adler's tantrums Lee Strasburg's obsession with real emotion or Clifford Odets' rise and fall? Even better is his account of the Group Theater's struggels as a mission driven producing organization Non profit American theater owes its heart to The Group and it was really fun to see how it all began That said Clurman does go off on some fairly legnthy theoretical diatribes But then again that's what visionaries are supposed to have stored in their guts and I'll no doubt be borrowing from that language sometime soon

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The Fervent Years The Group Theatre and the Thirties Da Capo Paperback☄ [PDF / Epub] ☃ The Fervent Years The Group Theatre and the Thirties Da Capo Paperback By Harold Clurman ✓ – The Group Theatre was perhaps the most significant experiment in the history of American theater Producing plays that reflected topical issues of the decade and giving a creative chance to actors dire The Group Theatre Years The PDF/EPUB ë was perhaps the most significant experiment in the history of American theater Producing plays that reflected topical issues of the decade and giving a creative chance to actors directors and playwrights who were either fed up with The Fervent Epub / or shut out of commercial theater the Group remains a permanent influence on American drama despite its brief ten year lifeIt was here that method acting native realism and political language had their tryouts in front of audiences who anticipated indeed Fervent Years The MOBI õ demanded a departure from the Broadway show biz tradition In this now classic account Harold Clurman founder of the Group Theatre and a dynamic force as producer director critic for fifty years here re creates history he helped make with Lee Fervent Years The Group Theatre Epub / Strasberg Elia Kazan Irwin Shaw Clifford Odets Cheryl Crawford Fervent Years The Group Theatre Epub / Morris Carnovsky and William Saroyan Stella Adler contributed a new introduction to this edition which remembers Clurman the thirties and the heady atmosphere of a tumultuous decade.

About the Author: Harold Clurman

Harold Edgar Clurman Years The PDF/EPUB ë was an American theatre director and drama critic one of the most influential in the United States He was most notable as one of the three founders of New York City's Group Theatre.