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Theatre in the United States, Vol. 1: 1750-1915, Theatre in the Colonies and the United States

Cambridge University Press

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ISBN 10: 0521308585 / ISBN 13: 9780521308588
Published by Cambridge University Press, 1996
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Title: Theatre in the United States, Vol. 1: 1750-...

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Publication Date: 1996

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:New

Edition: 1st.

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This is the first of two volumes of documents that describe the growth and development of theater in the United States. This book goes from the beginnings of theater in the North American colonies up to the First World War. It is organized in three chronological sections, each with its own introduction, documents and commentary, arranged into chapters on business practice, acting, theater buildings, drama, design, and audience behavior. Written sources include records of business transactions, letters, newspaper reports, reviews, memoirs and architectural descriptions. There are also numerous pictorial items. Volume 2, scheduled for publication in late 1996, covers the period from 1915 to the present.


"Witham's picture of dramatic activities is drawn from an impressive wealth of documents: newspaper reports, proposals, minutes, script excerpts, reviews, business files, and so on. In this far-reaching and objective view, we come to see the importance of women and minorities in the theater as well as the significance of the existence of regional productions throughout the country." The Virginia Quarterly Review

"This fascinating assemblage of 249 documents on all aspects of theater...resembles Barbard Hewitt's still valuable Theatre USA, 1665 to 1957 (1957) but is more substantial. It is also illuminatingly focused on three abiding tensions in American theater: "commercial versus artistic values; urban versus regional theatre ; and ... what is American [Versus] what is 'foreign.'"...An invaluable book for serious students of the American theater, concluding witha substantial bibliography. This reviewer looks forward to volume 2 with its coverage of the rest of the 20th century." J. Ellis, Choice

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