The Enjoyment of Theatre

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  • Edition: 6th
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  • Copyright: 2003-05-30
  • Publisher: Pearson
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The Enjoyment of Theatre'sbalanced coverage of performance and history provides a comprehensive and accessible introduction to theatre for both majors and non-majors. This book covers the full span of theatre's 2,500-year history as well as performance/production topics such as playwriting, acting, directing, and the theatre industry.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. xi
Locating Theatre, Experiencing Plays: Theory and Criticismp. 1
Theatre: Performance and Artp. 2
Theatre as Performancep. 3
Theatre as Artp. 7
Theatre as Performing Artp. 11
Taking Stockp. 16
Key Termsp. 17
Theatre: Cultural Expression, Business, and the Role of Audiencep. 18
The Nature of Theatre Audiencesp. 20
Theatre as Cultural Expression: The Role of the Audiencep. 24
Theatre as Business: The Role of the Audiencep. 28
Key Termsp. 33
How to Read a Playp. 34
Preliminary Workp. 36
Play Analysis Using the Parts of the Playp. 39
Organizing a Responsep. 49
Key Termsp. 51
How to See a Playp. 52
Preliminary Workp. 56
Performance Analysisp. 58
Organizing a Responsep. 69
Key Termsp. 71
Mediators and Gatekeepersp. 72
Theoristsp. 73
Criticsp. 76
Reviewersp. 77
Dramaturgsp. 78
Specialists in Public Relations, Advertising, Marketingp. 79
Agentsp. 80
Key Termsp. 83
Today's Theatre and Its Makers: Theatre Practicep. 85
Making Theatre Today: The Contextp. 86
Theatre Spacesp. 87
Producing Situations in the United Statesp. 90
Theatre Fundingp. 101
Key Termsp. 103
Playwrightsp. 104
The Nature of Playwrights and Playwritingp. 105
Being a Playwrightp. 106
Training Playwrightsp. 112
From Page to Stage: Professional Issuesp. 113
What Is Good Playwriting?p. 124
Key Termsp. 124
Actorsp. 125
The Nature of Actingp. 126
Training Actorsp. 131
Audition, Rehearsal, and Performancep. 144
The Personality of the Actorp. 147
What Is Good Acting?p. 149
Key Termsp. 149
Directorsp. 150
The Nature of Directingp. 151
The Director at Workp. 157
Training Directorsp. 181
What Is Good Directing?p. 182
Key Termsp. 183
Designers and Techniciansp. 184
The Nature of Designp. 186
Designers at Workp. 189
Training Designersp. 200
What Is Good Design?p. 202
Key Termsp. 203
Theatre of Other Times and Places: Theatre Historyp. 205
Theatre: Present and Pastp. 205
The Sweep of Theatre Historyp. 206
Facade Stages (534 B.C.E.-C. 550 C.E.)
The Theatre of Greecep. 211
Theories of the Origins of Theatrep. 212
Traits of Greek Theatrep. 216
Plays and Playwrightsp. 219
Theatre Buildings and Practicesp. 225
The End of Athens' Golden Agep. 229
Indian Theatrep. 234
Key Termsp. 236
The Theatre of Romep. 237
Roman Festivals and Theatrep. 239
Roman Dramap. 239
Theatre Buildings, Scenery, Costumes, and Masksp. 241
Audiencesp. 242
The Empire and the End of Roman Dramap. 243
The Breakup of the Empirep. 248
The Byzantine Empire: Its Rise and Fallp. 248
Key Termsp. 251
Emblem, Environment, and Simultaneity (c. 950-c. 1550)
Theatre in the Middle Agesp. 253
Early Medieval Drama and Theatrep. 255
Medieval Culture and Theatre, c. 1200-c. 1550p. 258
The End of Medieval Religious Theatre: The Transformation of Medieval Secular Theatrep. 268
Theatres in the Eastp. 269
Key Termsp. 272
The Golden Ages of England and Spainp. 273
The Renaissance in the North: The Age of Shakespearep. 276
The Closing of English Theatresp. 285
The Spanish Golden Agep. 286
Theatres in the Eastp. 287
Key Termsp. 289
Illusionism (c. 1550-1960)
The Italian Renaissancep. 291
Theatre in Italyp. 292
Theatres in the Eastp. 302
Key Termsp. 304
The Triumph and Decline of Neoclassicismp. 305
French Theatre from Its Beginnings through Its Golden Agep. 306
English Restoration Theatre and Beyond (1660-c. 1750)p. 315
Theatres in the Eastp. 321
Key Termsp. 326
Successful Failure: Theatre and Reform, 1750-1960sp. 327
Romanticism, 1750-1850p. 330
Realism, 1850-1950p. 337
Realism and Naturalismp. 339
Avant-Gardism, 1890-1960p. 347
Avant-Garde Theatres and Movementsp. 355
Key Termsp. 360
Commercialismp. 362
What Is Commercialism?p. 363
Drama in the Commercial Theatrep. 365
Theatres and Production Practicesp. 381
The Decline of Commercial Theatrep. 386
Responses to Commercial Theatrep. 388
The Theatres of Colonialismp. 391
Theatre in the Eastp. 393
Key Termsp. 396
Theatre for a New Millenniump. 397
Postmodernismp. 399
The Theatre, 1960-2000sp. 400
Global Theatrep. 413
Key Termsp. 419
Glossaryp. 420
Indexp. 439
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