Of All The Nerve / Edition 1

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The "Critical Performance" series pairs a performance artist or playwright with a critical theorist in a dialogue aimed to elucidate both disciplines. This volume focuses on Deb Margolin, one of the three founding members of the American performance troupe Split Britches.
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Library Journal
Performance art is an ephemeral art form. The "play" can differ greatly from performance to performance, depending upon the interpretation of the moment by the artist. Nevertheless, Margolin, a founding member of the performance group Split Britches, has described herself as more of a playwright who chose to perform her own work than as a performance artist. This collection of seven works, along with commentary, provides a window into her creativity. The intense visual nature of this type of theater, which includes interaction with the audience, requires that the written form communicates the intent of the playwright even more clearly than a typical play. Some of Margolin's work contains sufficient stage direction and detail for the reader to grasp the work, and some does not. For theater collections only.--J. Sara Paulk, Coastal Plain Regional Lib., Tifton, Ambrose, GA Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780304703197
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 7/1/1999
  • Series: Critical Performances Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.48 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Introduction: A Love Letter 1
2 Of All the Nerve 13
Commentary: Beauty and the Beat 38
3 970-DEBB 43
Commentary: The Girl Can't Help it 61
4 Gestation 65
Commentary: Them's a Party Going on in Here 78
5 Of Mice, Bugs and Women 83
Commentary: A Little Night Music 107
6 Carthieves! Joyrides! 111
Commentary: Making Time 133
7 O Wholly Night and Other Jewish Solecisms 137
Commentary: Like a Virgin 156
8 Critical Mass: A Dark and Caustic Comedy 161
Commentary: Going Critical 195
Appendix First Performances 198
Bibliography 199
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