Theatre Criticism

Theatre Criticism

As such, it must interpolate a certain amount of the history of contemporary American drama – the art form that inspires that criticism – and consider the many factors pertaining to its generation and dissemination among general, ...

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Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781472577115

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 352

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The world of theatre criticism is rapidly changing in its form, function and modes of operation in the twenty-first century. The dominance of the internet has led to a growing trend of selfappointed theatre critics and bloggers who are changing the focus and purpose of the discussion around live performance. Even though the blogosphere has garnered suspicion and hostility from some mainstream newspaper critics, it has also provided significant intellectual and ideological challenges to the increasingly conservative profile of the professional critic. This book features 16 commissioned contributions from scholars, arts journalists and bloggers, as well as a small selection of innovative critical practice. Authors from Australia, Canada, Croatia, Germany, Greece, Italy, Latvia, Russia, the UK and the US share their perspectives on relevant historical, theoretical and political contexts influencing the development of the discipline, as well as specific aspects of the contemporary practices and genres of theatre criticism. The book features an introductory essay by its editor, Duška Radosavljevic.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Historical Dictionary of Contemporary American Theater

Historical Dictionary of Contemporary American Theater

1157 BIBLIOGRAPHY Anne Bogart receive attention in works like Scott T. Cummings's Remaking American Theater: Charles ... CRITICS AND CRITICISM Between 1930 and 2020, theater critics occasionally published collections of their reviews, ...

Author: James Fisher

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9781538123027

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 1240

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Historical Dictionary of the Contemporary American Theater, Second Edition contains a chronology, an introduction, and an extensive bibliography. The dictionary section has more than 1.000 cross-referenced entries on plays, playwrights, directors, designers, actors, critics, producers, theaters, and terminology.
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Contemporary American Theatre

Contemporary American Theatre

Glenn Loney is Professor in the Department of Theatre, Brooklyn College and the Graduate School of the City University of New York ... theatre critic and author of Drama and Commitment: Politics in the American Theatre of the Thirties.

Author: Bruce King

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9781349215829

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 289

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The Methuen Drama Guide to Contemporary American Playwrights

The Methuen Drama Guide to Contemporary American Playwrights

Unrivalled in its coverage of recent work and writers, The Methuen Drama Guide to Contemporary American Playwrights surveys and analyses the breadth, vitality and development of theatrical work to emerge from America over the last fifty ...

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Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 9781408134801

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 480

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The Methuen Drama Guide to Contemporary American Playwrights is an authoritative single-volume guide to the work of twenty-five American playwrights from the second half of the twentieth century, written by a team of twenty-five eminent scholars from the United States, Canada, Britain, Germany and Ireland contributing individual studies to the work of each playwright. Each of the twenty-five chapters provides: a biographical introduction to the playwright and their work; a survey and concise analysis of each of the writer's published plays; a discussion of their style, dramaturgical concerns and the critical reception; and a full bibliography of published plays, listing of premieres and a select list of critical works. Among the many Tony, Obie and Pulitzer prize-winning playwrights included are Sam Shepard, Tony Kushner, Suzan-Lori Parks, August Wilson, Paula Vogel, Tracey Letts and Neil LaBute, besides many more. Unrivalled in its coverage of recent work and writers, this collection surveys and analyses the breadth, vitality and development of theatrical work to emerge from America over the last fifty years.
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American Drama critics

American Drama critics

This book's thesis is not only the generally accepted one that American drama is essentially a representational one and that its avant-garde experiments are just that--experimental detours that ultimate lead back to the main highway of ...

Author: Bert Cardullo

Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Pub

ISBN: STANFORD:36105131696473

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 277

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"American Drama/Critics: Writings and Readings" is a collection of essays on acknowledged classics of American drama such as "Death of a Salesman," "The Glass Menagerie," and "Our Town," and on newer but no less esteemed works like David Mamet's "Glengarry Glen Ross" and Sam Shepard's "Buried Child." Included are interviews with the great American drama critics Eric Bentley and Stanley Kauffmann; a consideration of the practice of American dramaturgy; an analysis of the adaptation to film of several American dramas; and an examination of experimental playwriting and production in the United States, as seen in the work of Gertrude Stein as well as that of other, lesser-known avant-garde dramatists. This book's thesis is not only the generally accepted one that American drama is essentially a representational one and that its avant-garde experiments are just that--experimental detours that ultimate lead back to the main highway of realism and naturalism. The thesis of "Americam Drama/Critics" is also that the decline of American drama in the late twentieth to early twenty-first century is paralleled by, and even attributable to, the decline or disappearance of American dramatic criticism.
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American Drama of the Twentieth Century

American Drama of the Twentieth Century

Playwrights ofthe New American Theater (1925). (Covers MacKaye through O'Neill; though obviously dated, offers a valuable contemporary view, particularly of minor writers.) American Drama and Its Critics: A Collection ofCritical Essays ...

Author: Gerald M. Berkowitz

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317901730

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 312

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In this book Professor Berkowitz studies the diversity of American drama from the stylistic, experimental plays of O'Neill, through verse, tragedy and community theatre, to the theatre of the 1990s. The discussions range through dramatists, plays, genres and themes, with full supporting appendix material. It also examines major dramatists such as Eugene O'Neill, Arthur Miller, Sam Shephard, Tennessee Williams and August Wilson and covers not only the Broadway scene but also off Broadway movements and fringe theatres and such subjects as women's and African-American drama.
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World Encyclopedia of Contemporary Theatre

World Encyclopedia of Contemporary Theatre

The dramatic event, an American chronicle. London: D. Dobson, 1956, 1954. 278 p. Drama. History and criticism. ——. ... Bigsby, C.W.E. Confrontation and commitment: a study of contemporary American drama 1959–66.

Author: Irving Brown (Consulting Bibliographer)

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781136119002

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 560

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An annotated world theatre bibliography documenting significant theatre materials published world wide since 1945, plus an index to key names throughout the six volumes of the series.
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Tragedy in the Contemporary American Theatre

Tragedy in the Contemporary American Theatre

Barry Gross, “All My Sons and the Larger Context,” Essays on Modern American Drama, ed. Dorothy Parker (Toronto: U of Toronto P, ... Stephen Barker, “Critic, Criticism, Critics,” The Cambridge Companion to Arthur Miller 265. 37.

Author: Robert J. Andreach

Publisher: University Press of America

ISBN: 9780761864011

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 208

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This book examines plays by contemporary playwrights and compares them alongside the works of Eugene O’Neill, Arthur Miller, and Tennessee Williams. Andreach argues that tragedy is not only present in contemporary American theatre, but issues from an expectation fundamental to American culture: the pressure on characters to create themselves.
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American Drama Criticism

American Drama Criticism

Author: Helen H. Palmer

Publisher:

ISBN: MINN:31951001003089C

Category: American drama

Page: 101

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Categories: American drama

Contemporary American Drama

Contemporary American Drama

Another factor that was responsible for the increase in the open representation of gay characters in American theatre was the ... and won the Pulitzer Prize and the New York Drama Critics' Circle Award in 1980 for Talley's Folly (1979).

Author: Annette Saddik

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

ISBN: 9780748630660

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 248

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This book explores the development of contemporary theatre in the United States in its historical, political and theoretical dimensions. It focuses on representative plays and performance texts that experiment with form and content, discussing influential playwrights and performance artists such as Tennessee Williams, Adrienne Kennedy, Sam Shepard, Tony Kushner, Charles Ludlum, Anna Deavere Smith, Karen Finley and Will Power, alongside avant-garde theatre groups. Saddik traces the development of contemporary drama since 1945, and discusses the cross-cultural impact of postwar British and European innovations on American theatre from the 1950s to the present day in order to examine the performance of American identity. She argues that contemporary American theatre is primarily a postmodern drama of inclusion and diversity that destabilizes the notion of fixed identity and questions the nature of reality.
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American Theatre Ensembles Volume 1

American Theatre Ensembles Volume 1

Forthcoming publications include contributions to The Cambridge Companion to American Theatre 1945–present, ... interests center on contemporary American theatre, new play development and devised work, dramaturgy, and theatre criticism.

Author: Mike Vanden Heuvel

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781350051553

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 264

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Across two volumes, Mike Vanden Heuvel and a strong roster of contributors present the history, processes, and achievements of American theatre companies renowned for their use of collective and/or ensemble-based techniques to generate new work. This first study considers theatre companies that were working between 1970 and 1995: it traces the rise and eventual diversification of activist-based companies that emerged to serve particular constituencies from the countercultural politics of the 1960s, and examines the shift in the 1980s that gave rise to the next generation of company-based work, rooted in a new interest in form and the more mediated and dispersed forms of politics. Ensembles examined are Mabou Mines, Theatre X, Goat Island, Lookingglass, Elevator Repair Service, and SITI Company. Preliminary chapters provide a sweeping overview of ensemble-based creation within the general historical and cultural contexts of the period, followed by a detailed study of the evolution of ensemble-based work. The case studies consider factors such as influence, funding, production, and legacies, as well as the forms of collective devising and creation, while surveying the continuing work of significant long-running companies. Contributors provide detailed case studies of the 6 companies from the period and cover: * A chronicle of development and methods * Key productions and projects * Critical reception and legacy * A chronological overview of significant productions From the long history of collective theatre creation, with its sources in social crises, urgent aesthetic experimentation and utopian dreaming, American ensemble-based theatre has emerged at several key points in history to challenge the primacy of author-based and director-produced theatre. As the volume demonstrates, US ensemble companies have collectively revolutionized the form and content of contemporary performance, influencing experimental, as well as mainstream practice.
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American Drama Criticism

American Drama Criticism

Author: Helen H. Palmer

Publisher: Hamden, Conn., Shoe String Press

ISBN: UOM:39015033687230

Category: American drama

Page: 239

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Categories: American drama

Reimagining American Theatre

Reimagining American Theatre

Two major problems remain for the American theatre, one concerning actors, the other involving critics. ... a handful of honorable exceptions noted, who represent the major failure of contemporary American theatre, though only history ...

Author: Robert Brustein

Publisher: Hill and Wang

ISBN: 9781466805415

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 307

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In his collection of essays and reviews, Robert Brustein makes the argument that the American Theatre is enjoying a renaissance that has not been unacknowledged.
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Masterpieces of 20th century American Drama

Masterpieces of 20th century American Drama

New York Theatre Critics ' Review 45 ( 1984 ) : 335–36 . Kolin , Philip C. , and Colby H. Kullman , eds . Speaking on Stage : Interviews with Contemporary American Playwrights . Tuscaloosa : University of Alabama Press , 1996 .

Author: Susan C. W. Abbotson

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 0313332231

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 227

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Chapters discuss 10 major works of modern American drama widely read by students.
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The Methuen Drama Guide to Contemporary American Playwrights

The Methuen Drama Guide to Contemporary American Playwrights

To this assessment of Kennedy's singular place within contemporary American theatre, critic Claudia Barnett adds 'not only does Kennedy theatricalize these disturbances, she embodies them'.7 Taken together, the two statements underwrite ...

Author: Christopher Innes

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 9781408134818

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 480

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Unrivalled in its coverage of recent work and writers, The Methuen Drama Guide to Contemporary American Playwrights surveys and analyses the breadth, vitality and development of theatrical work to emerge from America over the last fifty years. This authoritative guide leads you through the work of 25 major contemporary American playwrights, discussing more than 140 plays in detail. Written by a team of 25 eminent international scholars, each chapter provides: · a biographical introduction to the playwright's work; · a survey and concise analysis of the writer's most important plays; · a discussion of their style, dramaturgical concerns and critical reception; · a bibliography of published plays and a select list of critical works. Among the many Tony, Obie and Pulitzer prize-winning playwrights included are Sam Shepard, Tony Kushner, Suzan-Lori Parks, August Wilson, Paula Vogel and Neil LaBute. The abundance of work analysed enables fresh, illuminating conclusions to be drawn about the development of contemporary American playwriting.
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Contemporary American Theater Critics

Contemporary American Theater Critics

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Author: M. F. Comtois

Publisher: Metuchen, N.J. : Scarecrow Press

ISBN: UOM:39015031737367

Category: Drama

Page: 979

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Encyclopedia of American Journalism

Encyclopedia of American Journalism

Walter Kerr: An Analysis of His Criticism. Metuchen, N J: Scarecrow Press, Inc., 1976. Comtois, M. E., and Lynn F. Miller, compilers. Contemporary American Theatre Critics: A Directory and Anthology of Their Works.

Author: Stephen L. Vaughn

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781135880200

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 664

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The Encyclopedia of American Journalism explores the distinctions found in print media, radio, television, and the internet. This work seeks to document the role of these different forms of journalism in the formation of America's understanding and reaction to political campaigns, war, peace, protest, slavery, consumer rights, civil rights, immigration, unionism, feminism, environmentalism, globalization, and more. This work also explores the intersections between journalism and other phenomena in American Society, such as law, crime, business, and consumption. The evolution of journalism's ethical standards is discussed, as well as the important libel and defamation trials that have influenced journalistic practice, its legal protection, and legal responsibilities. Topics covered include: Associations and Organizations; Historical Overview and Practice; Individuals; Journalism in American History; Laws, Acts, and Legislation; Print, Broadcast, Newsgroups, and Corporations; Technologies.
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines

The Critics Canon

The Critics  Canon

Bohemians and Critics: American Theatre Criticism in the Nineteenth Century. Metuchcn, N.J.: Scarecrow Press, 1981. ... Comtois, M.E., and Miller, Lynn F. Contemporary American Theater Critics: A Directory and Anthology of Their Works.

Author: Richard H. Palmer

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 9780313262111

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 183

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Palmer clearly states that his purpose is to explain 1the ways of critics to theatre practitioners, the ways of theatre to inexperienced reviewers, and the dynamic convergence of theatre and critic to anyone interested in theatre.' . . . The work is a well-written `primer' for writers and it will be useful primarily to performers who object to unfavorable `criticsm' without understanding the nature and purpose of reviewing. Accessible to general readers and undergraduates. Choice Palmer begins with an examination of the theatrical review as a medium for informing and entertaining theatregoers, documenting events of artistic of community importance, and supporting theatre through critical evaluation and publicity. He next comments on how journalistic pressures affect reviewers. Citing brief examples from hundreds of reviews, the author devotes a chapter to each of the elements that needs to be covered in a review, including performers, script, direction, music, and choreography, together with stage and lighting design and other physical aspects of the production. The final chapter develops criteria for assessing the strengths and weaknesses of a theatrical review, based on aesthetic standards, the cultural tastes of theatregoers, and the interests of the community. Palmer's experience as both a theatre professional and a journalist gives him an intimate understanding of the antagonism that often develops between reviewers and those who feel themselves to be the target of irresponsible criticism. His book provides a clear perspective on theatrical matters and guidelines that will help to improve standards of reviewing and create an appreciation of the essential relationship between the theatre and its critics.
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World Encyclopedia of Contemporary Theatre

World Encyclopedia of Contemporary Theatre

[Spanish-American theatre: An annotated bibliography]. Boston, MA: G.K. Hall 86 Co., 1987. Carpenter, Charles A. 'Latin American Theatre Criticism 1966—74: Some Addenda to Lyday and Woodyard'. Revista Interamericana de Bibliografía 3 ...

Author: Don Rubin

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781136359217

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 640

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This new in paperback edition of World Encyclopedia of Contemporary Theatre covers the Americas, from Canada to Argentina, including the United States. Entries on twenty six countries are preceded by specialist introductions on Theatre in Post-Colonial Latin America, Theatres of North America, Puppet Theatre, Theatre for Young Audiences, Music Theatre and Dance Theatre. The essays follow the series format, allowing for cross-referring across subjects, both within the volume and between volumes. Each country entry is written by specialists in the particular country and the volume has its own teams of regional editors, overseen by the main editorial team based at the University of York in Canada headed by Don Rubin. Each entry covers all aspects of theatre genres, practitioners, writers, critics and styles, with bibliographies, over 200 black & white photographs and a substantial index. This Encyclopedia is indispensable for anyone interested in the cultures of the Americas or in modern theatre. It is also an invaluable reference tool for students and scholars of a wide range of disciplines including history, performance studies, anthropology and cultural studies.
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Plays by Women from the Contemporary American Theater Festival

Plays by Women from the Contemporary American Theater Festival

Johnna Adams received a Steinberg/American Theatre Critics Association citation in 2013 for her play Gidion's Knot. She is the 2011 recipient of the Princess Grace award and a 2012 finalist for the Susan Smith Blackburn award.

Author: Susan Miller

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781350084834

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 344

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Based at Shepherd University, in West Virginia, the Contemporary American Theater Festival is nationally and internationally recognized as a home for playwrights and the development and production of new plays. The Festival makes it a priority to celebrate and produce playwrights with strong, distinct voices, with a core value to tell diverse stories. This anthology of work provides plays that speak to one of the most compelling virtues of artists everywhere – freedom of speech. A necessary volume of women playwrights' work, ranging from a two-time Obie Award-winning author to emerging writers just beginning their careers, it represents a group of women who vary in age, race and sexual orientation and offers an invitation to artistic leaders, scholars and students to embrace gritty, thought-provoking new dramatic work. Edited by The Festival's Producing Directors Peggy McKowen and Ed Herendeen, this anthology features an introduction by Pulitzer Prize-winner Lynn Nottage. Each of the five powerful plays is followed by an informative and discursive playwright interview conducted by Sharon J. Anderson that contextualizes and develops the works within the wider context of the annual festival. The plays include: Gidion's Knot by Johnna Adams The Niceties by Eleanor Burgess Memoirs of a Forgotten Man by D.W Gregory Dead and Breathing by Chisa Hutchinson 20th Century Blues by Susan Miller
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