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Meaning of the theater term off book?


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2009-05-04 21:24:05
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"Off book" is when an actor or actress no longer needs their script to rehearse a play or performance piece, having memorized the work. Typically, the director will set a date that all cast members must be "off book" in order to ensure the quality of the performance. On the other hand "on book" means the actor or actress still requires their script to rehearse. Many directors set the date for "off book" several rehearsals before opening night, and utilize penalties if cast members are not properly prepared.

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