Cultural Calisthenics: Writings on Race, Politics, and Theatre

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Overview

New writings on race, politics, and theatre, as well as Mr. Brustein's incisive theatre reviews and deft portraits of stage luminaries. Brustein is an elegant and eloquent voice in the wilderness of contemporary American culture. —Robin Lippincott, New York Times Book Review
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Editorial Reviews

Washington Post
Provocative and controversial...Brustein is unafraid to go against the grain.
— Hap Erstein
Dramatist
Cutting edge...one hopes that all the heavy breathing in these essays will engender others to join in this vigorous calisthenic workout.
Boston Phoenix
Passionate!
— Carolyn Clay
American Theatre
Brusteinís writing is good for the artists and good for the ever-dwindling discourse on theatre.
— Daniel Mufson
New York Times
Elegant and eloquent...Robert Brustein is the chief Cultural Imperialist.
— Lippincott, Robin
Review Of Higher Education
Provocative and controversial...Brustein is unafraid to go against the grain.
— Hap Erstein
The New York Times
Elegant and eloquent...Robert Brustein is the chief Cultural Imperialist.
— Robin Lippincott
Boston Phoenix - Carolyn Clay
Passionate!
American Theatre - Daniel Mufson
Brusteinís writing is good for the artists and good for the ever-dwindling discourse on theatre.
Review Of Higher Education - Hap Erstein
Provocative and controversial...Brustein is unafraid to go against the grain.
The New York Times - Robin Lippincott
Elegant and eloquent...Robert Brustein is the chief Cultural Imperialist.
Robin Lippincott
Brustein is an elegant and eloquent voice in the wilderness of contemporary American culture.
Jack Helbig
Witty, fascinating, trenchant . . . Brustein gleefully gores sacred cows left and right.
Jack Helbig
Witty, fascinating, trenchant. . .Brustein gleefully fores sacred cows left and right. -- Booklist
Robin Lippincott
Robert Brustein is an elegant and eloquent voice in the wilderness of contemporary American culture. -- The New York Times Book Review
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781566632201
  • Publisher: Dee, Ivan R. Publisher
  • Publication date: 10/28/1998
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 6.46 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction 3
Pt. 1 Positions: Race and Politics
Coercive Philanthropy 7
A Modest Proposal for the NEA 16
Subsidized Separatism 19
More Noise Than Funk 26
On Cultural Power 31
Slate Diary #1 38
Slate Diary #2 39
The Smashing of the Bell 41
The Death of the Collective Ideal 47
Gardens and Showcases 52
Homogenized Diversity 55
Funding Audiences 61
The Decline of Serious Culture 66
Pt. 2 Productions: At Home
Aspects of Arthur Miller 75
P.C. Whipped 81
The American Mouth 87
Shakespeare in Our Time 91
The Roots of Love 98
The Merchant of Venice Beach 102
Plays for the Parch 106
Boat Show 112
Intellect into Passion 116
The Rehabilitation of Edward Albee 121
On a Cold Planet 124
Alice in Wilsonland 129
The New Bohemia 134
Revisiting Plays 139
Resident Theatre Hopes 144
The Quest of Robert Lepage 149
Killer Chorines 153
The Descent of Man 158
Restoring a Ruined Colossus 162
The Lionized Queen 167
Musicals with a Message 171
The Two O'Neills 176
Pt. 3 Productions: From Abroad
The Royal Shakespeare Company 181
The Royal Court 186
A Theatre Marking Time 191
England Reaches Out 196
The Gaulois Duchess 201
Death March 204
The Rebirth of Irish Drama 207
The Comedie Francaise 211
The Moscow Art Theatre 216
Pt. 4 People of the Theatre
Stella for Star 223
Joe Papp's America 229
Orson Welles: The Poor Caretaker 235
Brecht and His Women 242
Shakespeare and Harold Bloom 250
Shepard's Choice 257
Christopher Durang's Poison Pen 263
Ionesco's Memories 268
The Sex Life of Anton Chekhov 271
Index 276
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