Being and Doing is not just a title; it embodies the philosophy of an entire approach to acting. You see people busily DOING things every day in your life: pursuing their careers, talking, eating, laughing, crying, arguing, being sad and happy. What makes them do what they do? Is it arbitrary? Is it instinctive? Whatever it is, it certainly comes from impulses that stimulate the need to do.
My point is that in real life, our actions are the result of real impulses that cause responses expressed in action or emotion, while on the stage or in films we often see actors DOING things that seem to have no real origin. It appears that the actors' emotions are there because they are supposed to be, and for no other reason. When that happens, and it happens quite often, behaviour on the stage has no organic origin and denies reality. The actor is out of touch with his own reality and is involved with the production of nonauthentic emotional expressions. This leads to presentational acting which is without dimension or spontaneity.
Aside from some creases on the front and back covers, a small amount of very minor markings on the front cover, and a single minute tear on the lower edge of the back cover, the book is in very good condition, with all the text and imagery inside also being of excellent quality.
The book also includes some pages of notes likely written by an acting student.