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Michael Kirby presents a penetrating look a theater theory and analysis. His approach is analytically comprehensive and flexible, and nonevaluative. Case studies demonstrate this unique approach and record performances that otherwise would be lost.

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A Formalist Theatre

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Overview

Michael Kirby presents a penetrating look a theater theory and analysis. His approach is analytically comprehensive and flexible, and nonevaluative. Case studies demonstrate this unique approach and record performances that otherwise would be lost.

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"This book is theoretical, analytical, argumentative, cagey, forthcoming, opinionated, aggravating, stimulating, and provocative. . . . . Should be read by critics of every persuasion and by teachers and artists in all the performing arts."—Choice
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780812205442
  • Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/1/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 178
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Michael Kirby (1931-1997) was Professor of Drama at New York University. He wrote several groundbreaking books and was editor of The Drama Review from 1969 to 1986.
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Table of Contents

PART ONE: FORMALIST ANALYSIS
Chapter one. Acting and Not-acting
Chapter two. The Structure of Performance
Chapter three. Referential and Nonreferential Theatre
Chapter four. Style as Perceptual State

PART TWO: THE SOCIAL CONTEXT
Chapter five. The Critical Screen
Chapter six. The Question of Efficacy
Chapter seven. Avant-garde Theatre

PART THREE: STRUCTURALIST THEATRE
Chapter eight. The Structuralist Workshop
Chapter nine. Three Structuralist Performances
Chapter ten. Structuralist Film

Index

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