The Essential Theatre

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  • Edition: 9th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1/3/2007
  • Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing
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This text is a welcome and helpful resource whether you are a major looking forward to a career in the theatre, or a nonmajor interested in an overview to help you better appreciate theatre as an audience member. Written by highly respected theatre historians, THE ESSENTIAL THEATRE has established a reputation as one of the most comprehensive, authoritative surveys of the theatre in colleges nationwide. Its vibrant treatment of theatre practice-past and present-range from the origins of theatre to postmodernism and performance art. Chapter after chapter, this book will encourage you and get you excited about becoming an active theatergoer, while providing the insight and understanding that will enrich your theatre experience throughout your life.

Table of Contents

The Nature of Theatre
Performance, Audience, and Critic
The Play
Varieties of Theatrical Experience
Festival Theatre: Greek, Roman, and Medieval Theatre Experiences
Creating a Professional Theatre: Elizabethan England, Italian Commedia dell'Arte, and Seventeenth-Century France
From Romanticism to Realism
The Modernist Temperament: 1885?1940
Reevaluation, Decentralization, and Subsidization
Contemporary Theatre and Its Diversity
Asian and African Theatre
Theatrical Production
Theatrical Space and Production Design
Playwriting and Dramaturgy
Directing and Producing
Scenic Design
Costume Design and Makeup
Lighting and Sound Design
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