Chekhov In an Hour [NOOK Book]


By setting the playwright in context to his personal life, social, historical and political events, other writers of influence, and more, you will quickly gain a deep understanding of Brecht and the plays he wrote. Read Brecht in an Hour and experience his plays like never before. Know the playwright, love ...
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Chekhov In an Hour

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By setting the playwright in context to his personal life, social, historical and political events, other writers of influence, and more, you will quickly gain a deep understanding of Brecht and the plays he wrote. Read Brecht in an Hour and experience his plays like never before. Know the playwright, love the play!

The book features:
o Brecht in an Hour, the main essay of the book
o Brecht In a Minute, a snapshot chronology
o A complete listing of Brecht's work
o A list of Brecht's contemporaries in all fields
o Excerpts from Brecht's significant works
o An extensive bibliography grouped according to type of reader
o An index of the main essay.

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Editorial Reviews

American Theatre Magazine
[Playwrights in an Hour Series is] a kind of Great Playwrights for Dummies series ...they are brisk and lively
[Playwrights in an Hour Series is] a quick and easy alternative to Wikipedia ...
LA Times Online
Is there a more trustworthy source [than Wikipedia] that can offer a quick fix of theatrical knowledge? The publishing house Smith & Kraus perhaps has the answer... ? a kind of Red Bull for theater buffs ...
Midwest Book Review
[Playwrights in an Hour Series is]...remarkable....outstanding, yet inexpensive, and thoroughly 'reader frendly', making it a strongly recommended supplement for academic curriculums, community theater groups, and public library collections.
Stage Directions
These 27 [of the Playwrights in an Hour Series] books should be especially welcomed by actors and directors.
The Dartmouth
[Playwrights in an Hour Series is] a succinct crash course on the lives of 27 influential dramatists throughout history ...
Washington Post
... each book [of the Playwrights in an Hour Series] contains a wealth of information ... that will get any novice out of a date jam or provide a veteran playgoer with fresh insights on an old favorite... . The series delivers succinctness with depth.
Library Journal
This is a representative selection of volumes from a series designed to bring the reader up to speed on 27 frequently studied and produced playwrights from the ancient Greeks to today's dramatists. Among the other writers covered are Euripides, Lorraine Hansberry, Molière, Tom Stoppard, and August Wilson. The books begin with an introduction by Robert Brustein, founding director of the Yale and American Repertory Theatres, and include complete lists of works, contemporaries in all fields, and five or six play excerpts. A roughly 40-page essay blends biographical and critical detail to paint a portrait of the playwright. "The Reading Room," a series of bibliographies, offers selections for students, scholars, and theater professionals. Albee in an Hour features scenes from five major works, including Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Among the excerpts in Chekhov in an Hour are moments from The Seagull and Uncle Vanya. Shakespeare in an Hour includes passages from Henry IV, Part One; As You Like It; and Othello. Scenes from Antigone, Oedipus the King, and Electra help elucidate Sophocles. VERDICT Each compact volume supplies enough essential information to enable even the most uninformed theatergoer to hold his or her own in a postshow discussion. This new series is highly recommended for theater students, playgoers, and professionals.—Carolyn M. Mulac, Chicago P.L.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781936232475
  • Publisher: Smith & Kraus, Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/9/2010
  • Series: In An Hour Books
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 96
  • File size: 140 KB

Meet the Author

E. Teresa Choate is an Associate Professor and Assistant Chair at the Department of Theatre in the College of Visual and Performing Arts at Kean University in Union, New Jersey. She teaches theater history and dramatic literature, performance theory, dramaturgy, and script analysis, as well as period styles of acting. She is also a director who has mounted over seventy productions to date. She holds an alphabet soup's worth of degrees in theatre: Ph.D. (UCLA), M.F.A. in directing (Catholic University of America), M.A. (Denver University). She is currently the President of Alpha Psi Omega, the National Honor Theatre Society for colleges and universities. She is the author of Electra USA: American Stagings of Sophocles Tragedy.
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