The Oxford Companion to Theatre and Performance

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Ranging from ancient Greek tragedies to the latest developments in London, Paris, New York, and indeed around the globe, The Oxford Companion to Theatre and Performance provides a gold mine of information for both the theater-going public as well as professionals in the field, with an all-embracing approach that encompasses drama and musical, opera and film, dance and radio, and non-dramatic performances including circuses, carnivals, and parades. Based on the celebrated two-volume Oxford Encyclopedia of Theatre ...

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Overview

Ranging from ancient Greek tragedies to the latest developments in London, Paris, New York, and indeed around the globe, The Oxford Companion to Theatre and Performance provides a gold mine of information for both the theater-going public as well as professionals in the field, with an all-embracing approach that encompasses drama and musical, opera and film, dance and radio, and non-dramatic performances including circuses, carnivals, and parades. Based on the celebrated two-volume Oxford Encyclopedia of Theatre and Performance, this compact, affordable Companion features more than 2,400 up-to-date entries, covering styles and movements, buildings, organizations, regions, and traditions—with a particularly strong focus on biographies of actors, playwrights, directors, designers, and critics. Editor Dennis Kennedy has significantly updated the timeline of historical and cultural events in the world of theater and performance, and he has added an appendix of useful weblinks, which are supported and accessible through a companion website. Finally, the book includes many new entries that cover the people and companies who have come into prominence since the publication of the Encyclopedia.

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Editorial Reviews

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This is a one-volume updated version of the two-volume Oxford Encyclopedia of Theatre & Performance published in 2003. Kennedy (former Samuel Beckett Professor, Trinity Coll., Dublin) has succeeded in pulling together 2400 entries intended to educate, delight, and encourage the reader to pursue more in-depth information. The focus of the material is reflected in the title, and literary issues are wisely left to other texts. An impressive number of topics are covered, including plays, practitioners, and movements from other countries and cultures; dance and dance-drama; opera; ritual; the circus; lesbian theater; and Wild West shows. As with any one-volume work, many names and topics must be left out, and selections often appear arbitrary. For example, there is no entry for British playwright Dodie Smith, one of the few commercially successful female playwrights in the Twenties and Thirties, but her contemporary John Van Druten is included. Broadway star and two-time Tony Award winner Bernadette Peters, too, is not profiled, while British actress Maureen Lipman is. BOTTOM LINE Recommended for students who are beginning research in this area and for lovers of theater and performance, who will find much here to value.—Susan L. Peters, Univ. of Texas, Galveston
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199574193
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 9/17/2010
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 704
  • Product dimensions: 9.50 (w) x 11.28 (h) x 1.59 (d)

Meet the Author

Dennis Kennedy is Beckett Professor of Drama Emeritus at Trinity College, Dublin.

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Table of Contents

Preface and Principles
Editors and Contributors
Note to the Reader
THE OXFORD COMPANION TO THEATRE AND PERFORMANCE A-Z
Timeline
Further Reading
Web resources

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