This is a fascinating book on physical comedy and how you can take those tools into rehearsals for not only comedies and but other genres as well. When I read the book, I could feel my entire body ramping up and on edge — some of the techniques and exercises Wright utilizes scare the crap out of me, which tells me I need to try them. I did begin to explore some of these in a show I directed earlier this year. Some were incredibly successful. Others I feel I need more work to fully incorporate effectively in rehearsal.
One thing I did take away from the book and will continue to use is mindfulness in rehearsal of the idea of play. In other words keeping things light and exploratory rather than the mindset we so quickly fall into that we have to ‘get it right’.