HOWARD DEUTCH: The Beverly Hills Playhouse has been an oasis for me for most of my career, and Barton perfectly captures why. He nails with stark humor and honesty the talents and mercurial temperament of our esteemed mentor, Milton Katselas, whose most lasting contribution to the industry may end up being in the teachers he created. Forged by his unique apprenticeship with Katselas, as well as his own singular work as a director and playwright, Allen’s perspective is one from which any actor can benefit. “The Oasis of Insanity” is personal, practical, and at times profound.
JORGE GARCIA: For years I’ve admired the surgical precision with which Allen was able to cut to the crux of what a scene needed to succeed. Here he lays out the secret to his skill as well as show us where the rest of us may have veered off course. I know this is a book I’ll be coming back to again and again.
BRYNN THAYER: The Oasis of Insanity examines the complex relationship between a teacher and his student. Allen Barton weaves a compelling and gut-wrenching story filled with difficult life lessons, surrounded in humor. He chronicles his apprenticeship with the iconic acting teacher, Milton Katselas, and allows into the mind of a genius. Allen hears life differently from us mortals. When he writes, you feel the music of his words and get lost in his story telling. I couldn’t put it down.
KATE SIEGEL: Before coming to the BHP, I was fumbling in the darkness. Allen Barton turned on the lights. His approach is more than acting technique -- it prepared me for the business of acting and how to behave on a set. He gave me the tools that I use everyday, and his approach to teaching and acting is truly one-of-a-kind.
KATRINA LENK: Allen Barton has one of the most brilliant, intuitive, thrillingly witty and unsentimental minds I know. Whatever comes out of it: gimme.
SAMANTHA SLOYAN: The lessons inside “The Oasis of Insanity” hit me in a new way each time I revisit it. It is the heart of what has kept me returning to the BHPand to this teaching. It is simple, solid, direct, and most importantly, applicable to all facets of my life as an actress.