Tuesday, 27 May 2014
Stella! Mother Of Modern Acting
Despite her fame as an acting instructor, the full story of Stella Adler's life has never been told until now. Author Sheana Ochoa has written the first biography of the legendary acting teacher. Stella! Mother Of Modern Acting is a detailed account of Stella's life and career.
Miss Ochoa has done an impressive job in telling Stella Adler's life story. While Miss Ochoa obviously admires Stella, Stella! Mother Of Modern Acting is not a simple love letter to a legendary figure. Miss Ochoa gives us a balanced picture of the woman that was Stella Alder, both the good and the bad. The author goes into considerable detail on Stella's youth as the daughter of Yiddish acting legend Jacob Adler, her long time rivalry with Lee Strasberg, her relationship with drama critic and theatre director Harold Clurman, and her time spent both on Broadway and Hollywood.
Of course, no person exists in a vacuum, and Sheana Ochoa devotes a considerable amount of time to the milieus into which Stella was born and lived. The author goes into considerable detail on the Adler acting dynasty, the history of Yiddish theatre on New York City's Lower East Side, and the changes in acting from the more flamboyant styles of the early 20th Century to the more realistic techniques influenced by Constantin Stanislavski. There is a wealth of detail to be found in Stella! The Mother of Modern Acting, even beyond the legendary Stella Adler herself.
Sheana Ochoa has clearly done her research on Stella Adler, and it shows in the book. Written with great detail and with no judgements made towards Stella herself, Stella! The Mother of Modern Acting is a fitting tribute to one of the greatest acting instructors of all time.