For full definitions of Comedy (genre) and Comical, you have to go to another book "Playscript Analysis of the Century" -- but the dramatic and comidy acting are different, even from the Method Acting' stand point.

This is what I call "mini-monologue."

We do acting, it doesn't matter, if the monologue is "short" as long as it has the beginnig, the middle and the end (Aristotle). YOUR Actor's Text (must be full) matters!


Lady Bracknell

LADY BRACKNELL

Pardon me, you are not engaged to any one. When you do become engaged to some one, I, or your father, should his health permit him, will inform you of the fact. An engagement should come on a young girl as a surprise, pleasant or unpleasant, as the case may be. It is hardly a matter that she could be allowed to arrange for herself . . . And now I have a few questions to put to you, Mr. Worthing. While I am making these inquiries, you, Gwendolen, will wait for me below in the carriage.


Draft One

LADY BRACKNELL

Pardon me,

you are NOT engaged to any one.

When you DO become engaged to some one,

I,

OR your father,

should his health permit him,

WILL inform you of the fact.

An engagement should come on a young girl as a SURPRISE,

pleasant OR unpleasant, as the case may be.

It is hardly a matter that SHE could be allowed to arrange for herself . . .

And now I have a few questions to put to YOU, Mr. Worthing.

While I am making these INQUIRIES,

YOU,

GWENDOLEN,

will wait for ME below in the carriage.

In the CARRIAGE, Gwendolen!

We can use the structuralist theory to examine the pattern of our KEY WORDS: Not, Do, I, Or, Will, Surprise, Or, She, You, Inquiries, You, Gwendolen, Me, Carriage (read it outloud). What do you see? (Of course, this si my take again). I, Me = Will, Do, Or! You, Not, Gwendolen, Carrige!


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See "3 Sisters" scenes and monologues.

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