(The following review of Louis Zorich's 'What Have You Done?' appeared on Playbill.com, August 29.)
What Have You Done? The Inside Stories of Auditioning, from the Ridiculous to the Sublime
Edited by Louis Zorich
Published by: Limelight Editions
Publication Date: Sept. 15, 2009
List price: $14.99 paperback; 320 pages
Actor Louis Zorich — whose professional credits include a long stint on TV's "Mad About You" as Paul Reiser's dad and appearances on Broadway in the Roundabout Theatre Company's 2001 revival of Follies and the 1993 revival of She Loves Me and whose personal credits include being the husband of actress Olympia Dukakis — has compiled a book of entertaining, funny and inspirational war stories about the triumphs and failures faced by actors as they go through the audition process. Those few moments in a casting director's office that can mean everything to an actor are recounted by a star-studded roster that includes Robert De Niro, Barbra Streisand, James Dean, Nathan Lane, Madonna, Oprah Winfrey and many more. It is Zorich's love letter to the enduring spirit of the artist.