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French stage and early film actress Sarah Bernhardt as Hamlet
Actors in samurai and ronin costume at the Kyoto Eigamura film set

{{#invoke:Side box|main}} {{ safesubst:#invoke:Unsubst||$N=More footnotes |date=__DATE__ |$B= {{#invoke:Message box|ambox}} }} Acting is the work of an actor or actress, which is a person in theatre, television, film, or any other storytelling medium who tells the story by portraying a character and, usually, speaking or singing the written text or play.

Most early sources in the West that examine the art of acting (Greek: ὑπόκρισις{{#invoke:Category handler|main}}, hypokrisis) discuss it as part of rhetoric.<ref>Csapo and Slater (1994, 257); hypokrisis, which literally means "acting," was the word used in discussions of rhetorical delivery.</ref>


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