Introduction by Donald Lyons
What Is Theatre?, originally published in 1968, collects all of Eric Bentley's theater criticism. Bentley's most productive years as a reviewer coincided with some of the greatest years of twentieth-century drama. His essays cover the premieres of works by T. S. Eliot, Tennessee Williams, Jean Anouilh, and Arthur Miller, among others, as well as subjects as far-ranging as Charlie Chaplin and the Peking Opera--and each contains insights that are still relevant. What Is Theatre? is essential reading for anyone interested in understanding what our American theater has been, is now, and could become.
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Eric Bentley is considered the world's greatest authority on Brecht. He is the author of many books, including, most recently, Bentley on Brecht. He lives in New York.
"First-rate dissection of styles in American acting . . . Contains some of the most penetrating comments yet made on Arthur Miller and Tennessee Williams."--The Times Literary Supplement
"Combines theoretical knowledge and practical fervor in a way unknown to modern English criticism."--Kenneth Tynan, The Observer
"Bentley is one of the true essayists of t he century, in the class of Gide or Camus or Mann."--Albert Bermel, The New Leader
"The greatest critic of the drama now writing in English."--Jacques Barzun
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