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Performing Arts
  • Author:
    Moss Hart
  • ISBN:
    0394716337
  • ISBN13:
    978-0394716336
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  • Publisher:
    Vintage (February 12, 1976)
  • Pages:
    383 pages
  • Subcategory:
    Performing Arts
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Moss Hart's Act One is not only the best book ever written about the American theater, but one of the great American autobiographies, by turns gripping, hilarious and searing.

Moss Hart's Act One is not only the best book ever written about the American theater, but one of the great American autobiographies, by turns gripping, hilarious and searing. Reading Act One is like going to a wonderful dinner party and being seated next to a man who is more charming, more interesting, smarter, and funnier than you ever knew men were capable of being. Moss Hart is alive in these pages, and I am in love with him. ―Ann Patchett, author of This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage and Bel Canto.

2 Moss Hart and Kitty Carlisle Hart New Play Initiative. He wrote a memoir, Act One: An Autobiography by Moss Hart, which was released in 1959. Hart even went so far as to create an "alternate ending" to her life in his book Act One. He writes that she died while he was working on out-of-town tryouts for The Beloved Bandit. Later, Kate became eccentric and then disturbed, vandalizing Hart's home, writing threatening letters and setting fires backstage during rehearsals for Jubilee. It was adapted to film in 1963, with George Hamilton portraying Hart. The last show Hart directed was the Lerner and Loewe musical Camelot (1960).

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Act one : an autobiography. by. Hart, Moss, 1904-1961. Books for People with Print Disabilities. Trent University Library Donation. Internet Archive Books.

Act One is an autobiographical book by playwright Moss Hart. It was the source for a film (1963 ) and a Broadway play (2014). The chronicles of Moss Hart's impoverished New York childhood and his long struggle to Broadway success

Act One is an autobiographical book by playwright Moss Hart. The chronicles of Moss Hart's impoverished New York childhood and his long struggle to Broadway success. The book was adapted into the film Act One (1963). A reading was held in July 2012.

Act One: An Autobiography. by Moss Hart and Christopher Hart. The book eloquently chronicles Moss Hart's impoverished childhood in the Bronx and Brooklyn and his long, determined struggle to his first theatrical Broadway success, Once in a Lifetime.

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Moss Hart was in the thick of American theater when everyone wore black tie on opening night and the world's most witty people entertained each other around a grand. Issued in tandem with Kitty, the revealing autobiography of his wife, Kitty Carlisle Hart, Act One, is a landmark memoir that incluenced a generation of theatergoers, dramatists, and general book readers everywhere.


Ximathewi
When we talk about theater books, there is Moss Hart's Act One and then there are all the other books. Hart's memoirs about his early days as a struggling playwright absolutely bursts with humor, energy, sharply drawn anecdotes and human portraits. Hart was a talented writer and can make chapters about being the social director of summer camps at the Catskills sound way more interesting than it probably was. This is a wonderful memoir.

Moss Hart was the son of a rather impoverished cigar-maker and lived in a poor neighborhood in the Bronx. As a child he had an eccentric Aunt Kate who instilled in the boy a love of theater. But Hart sounds like he was meant for theater anyway, for as he observes, "Theater is the inevitable refuge of the unhappy child." He describes his journey from a joyless childhood to a shiftless adulthood as a social director of summer camps until he meets playwright and director George Kaufman. Hart describes their difficult first collaboration together (a satire of Hollywood called "Once in a Lifetime"), and the book ends with Hart and Kaufman's play's triumphant opening night on Broadway. Afterwards Hart goes home to his family, tells them to gather their few possessions and leave their old apartment forever. They are no longer in poverty anymore.

When George Kaufman first read Act One he said wryly, "Act One is fiction." And indeed one does suspect that quite a few facts go by the wayside and that Hart takes some creative license in telling his own story. But the core of Act One has a deep emotional truth. I don't know of another playwright who wrote with such honesty about his own insecurities and failings and describes the often excruciating "creative process" with such detail. This humility and genuine love for the the theater is what makes Act One such a page-turner so many years later.

One huge moment in Act One is after the premiere of "Once in a Lifetime" George Kaufman goes before the audience and says "80% of this play is Moss Hart." In Act One I think 80% of the book might be fact, the other 20% fiction, but it's still a damned great book. If you love theater this book is the place to start.
Goldcrusher
As a rule, I don't like autobiographies. They are often not well written. But I found this one very gripping and very nicely written. It's a rags to riches story, one that would be enjoyed by anyone who likes to read about the pursuit and capture of the American Dream.

Here are the things I enjoyed the most: the description of his collaborative process with George S. Kaufman; the ups and downs of the writing and staging of "Once in a Lifetime," his first Broadway hit; the ending, which was deeply satisfying; his concern and affection for his brother and aunt; the humor that infuses so much of the descriptions of his struggles.

What I wished was different: Oh my goodness, were there typos and formatting problems in this Kindle edition! I reported a lot of them, so I'm hoping they will be fixed. Most of the time I could figure out what was meant to be said: many times the word "die" appeared when the word "the" was wanted and many times a paragraph was broken in the middle and a few times the first word was truncated from the opening sentence of a paragraph. I also wished that he had described the plot of the play "Once in a Lifetime." And for me, the times he spent as a camp director were agonizing because they were agonizing for him. I know a lot of people found these passages very funny, and I understand that, but it was all too real for me. But these are very minor quibbles.

The book was uplifting, inspiring and written by a man who made his living writing. It gives you insight into the world of the theater and some of the things that come with it--parties, eccentric personalities, soaring triumphs and smashing defeats. It is a very enjoyable, accessible and fun read.

I also recommend "At Random," Bennett Cerf's autobiography about the publishing business, and "The Name Above the Title," Frank Capra's autobiography. They are both as gripping as this one.
INvait
I read this when it was first published so long ago and I loved it then. It is far and away the very best autobiography of a person who achieved giant success on Broadway. It inspired me -- I was quite young -- to try theater(as a hobby) and I found so much satisfaction and opportunity in doing so. those years on the stage were the BEST! Moss Hart was truly unique, and his story is extraordinary. Always on my nightstand is a volume called KAUFMAN & COMPANY-- all the plays of George S. Kaufman, meaning all the plays including those he wrote with Moss Hart. ACT ONE and this book are in my Desert Island Collection-- all the books I would take with me to read and re-read forever where no other books would be available!! There is no self-aggrandizement in this autobiography:. Hart tells his life story honestly, warmly, and with enormous wit and insight.
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