Thinking about the Playwright: Comments from Four Decades

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A book in seven parts: About leading dramatists: About the art of acting modern theories thereof: the pros and cons of political theater, John Wayne, Bertolt Brecht; when political theater goes wrong or simply fails to measure up; Tributes to three great theater people; Problems, problems; How should the great Spanish playwrights Lope, Calderon be interpreted? What is theater anyway? Thoughts at different seasons wand with different emphases. What should the twenty-year-old playwright do? Is theater a form of ...
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Overview

A book in seven parts: About leading dramatists: About the art of acting modern theories thereof: the pros and cons of political theater, John Wayne, Bertolt Brecht; when political theater goes wrong or simply fails to measure up; Tributes to three great theater people; Problems, problems; How should the great Spanish playwrights Lope, Calderon be interpreted? What is theater anyway? Thoughts at different seasons wand with different emphases. What should the twenty-year-old playwright do? Is theater a form of group therapy? Does theater have a future? What is the essence of its past and present?
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Bentley's career as translator, editor, and critic has touched everyone concerned with the theory and practice of modern theater for nearly 40 years. He has been consistently outspoken, vigorous in argument, and unafraid of controversy. This generous collection of critical essays once again shows him to be a serious questioner, reasonable, and absolutely intolerant of critical nonsense and theatrical mediocrity. The central essays are three pieces on political theater. Nearly all else, whether he's trashing Leonard Bernstein's Mass or meditating on Eugene O'Neill, stems from these pieces. Best of all, the book allows us to see the development of his mind, which he is never ashamed to change when the time is right. Entertaining, irritating, thought-provoking, this is essential reading for anyone interested in drama. Thomas E. Luddy, English Dept., Salem State Coll., Mass.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810107335
  • Publisher: Northwestern University Press
  • Publication date: 5/1/1987
  • Pages: 364
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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