The Art and Craft of Playwriting

The Art and Craft of Playwriting

by Jeffery Hatcher

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ISBN-13: 9781884910463
Publisher: F+W Media
Publication date: 03/01/2000
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 331,124
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

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The Art and Craft of Playwriting 2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
ravel on LibraryThing 10 months ago
A dissapointing how-to on playwriting. While on the one hand Hatcher is engaging and is right-on about some things (like what it means to realize that a play is 2 hours of the audience's life), very often he is didactic and uninspiring. Large portions of the text consist of pointing out how famous plays conform to his interpretation of Aristotle's Poetics (like half a page on the "music" in Glengarry Glen Ross). There is not much practical craft advice; more "see how it is" than "what does this do?" Despite the fair amount of common sense, ultimately his vision is too restrictive for either a beginner playwright (who should be given tools, not rules) or a more experienced one (who will find no new inspiration, unless they've never even heard of the Poetics).(I admit I am plenty biased in how I think playwrighting should be taught, but hopefully you can gather something from this review.)The interviews at the back of the book with Lee Blessing, Jose Rivera and Marsha Norman are nice, but not particularly insightful.