Ridiculous Theatre: Scourge of Human Folly: The Essays and Opinions of Charles Ludlam


Never widely available in his lifetime, Ludlam's essays and opinions of theatre reveal a complex mind comprehensively focused on theatrical invention.
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Never widely available in his lifetime, Ludlam's essays and opinions of theatre reveal a complex mind comprehensively focused on theatrical invention.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781559360418
  • Publisher: Theatre Communications Group
  • Publication date: 1/1/1993
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 286
  • Sales rank: 1,205,135
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Confessions of a Farceur 1
Essays 143
Colette 145
Mr. T. or El Pato in the Gilded Summer Palace of Czarina-Tatlina 148
A Monograph and a Premature Memoir 151
The Seven Levels of the Theatre 154
Manifesto: Ridiculous Theatre, Scourge of Human Folly 157
The Last Shall Be First 159
Costume Fetishism or Clothes Make the Man 161
Salome 164
From Pillar to Post Modern 166
Ludlam Versus Critics 168
Hedda Journal 169
Opinions 173
My Career 175
Directing 179
The Audience 183
The Critics 188
Other Theatre Artists 193
Broadway 196
Opera 201
Film 209
Television 215
The Avant-Garde 221
Camp 225
Gay Theatre 228
Sexuality 234
Politics 241
Assorted Maxims and Epigrams 249
Envoi 261
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