When we surveyed actors as to how they learned their lines, some of them told us they never record their lines – they use their hand, or a piece of paper, to go down the page, covering their lines and saying them, then removing their hands or the paper to see if they got it right. Rehearsal has an option just for them: blackouts.
First, highlight your lines (if you don’t highlight your lines, do it this time). When you’re finished, click on the black rectangle on the bottom menu bar to the left of the highlight colors:
Whoa – what happened? All of your lines turned black, as though you use a heavy duty marker to highlight your lines. But don’t worry – just tap and hold on any line, and it appears to you – and you can see if you were right! Move down your page, just like you would with paper, and when you get to your line, you can say it without seeing it, or tap and hold to see it if you need prompting.