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TWO LETTERS... And Counting!
Guernica Editions, Spring 2013
394 pages
Trade Paperback
ISBN13: 9781550716900
ISBN10: 1550716905
English
$18.00 Canada, $18.00 US

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Although he has won plaudits and awards for work in film, television, and on stage, Tony Nardi's most recent headlines have been earned by his TWO LETTERS … And Counting!. Two Letters is based on two actual letters sent to “middle-men” of the Canadian cultural scene: a film/television producer and two theatre critics. Letter One articulates an actor/writer's struggle with cultural stereotypes in Canadian theatre/film/TV. Letter Two challenges misconceptions about commedia dell'arte by present-day theatre critics and directors. It explores a history of an 'actor-less' theatre culture in Canada at the hands of 'director's theatre,' in which, increasingly, a tradition of over-trained actors and under-trained directors is encouraged. "...And Counting!" (Letter Three) is a postmortem of Two Letters, and a journey into the present state of theatre, culture (and funding).
My respect for the actor's craft remains high. But craft notwithstanding, generally, nowhere have I seen more cowardly, fear-infested, culturally irrelevant, intellectually indifferent and dead actors than in Canadian theatre, film and television.

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TWO LETTERS... And Counting!