The Cambridge History of American Theatre

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Don B. Wilmeth, Christopher Bigsby
Cambridge University Press, 1998 - 600 ˹
This is an authoritative and wide-ranging history of American theatre in all its dimensions, from theatre building to playwriting, directors, performers, and designers. Engaging the theatre as a performance art, a cultural institution, and a fact of American social and political life, the history addresses the economic context that conditioned the drama presented. The history approaches its subject with a full awareness of relevant developments in literary criticism, cultural analysis, and performance theory. At the same time, it is designed to be an accessible, challenging narrative. All volumes include an extensive overview and timeline, followed by chapters on specific aspects of theatre. Volume Three examines the development of the theatre after World War II, through the productions of Broadway and beyond and into regional theatre across the country. Contributors also analyze new directions in theatre design, directing, and acting, as well as key plays and playwrights through the 1990s.
 

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Introduction
1
PostWorld War II to 1998
21
1945Present
87
Broadway to the Regions
163
Caricatures of Tennessee Williams Elia Kazan and Arthur Miller page
165
Caricatures of the Shuberts Lloyd Webber and Cameron Mackintosh
187
Floor plan and sketch of Margo Jones Theatre 50 Dallas Texas
230
The Guthrie Theater Minneapolis with 1963 production of The Three
238
Magic Theatres production of Sam Shepards True West 1981
351
August Wilson and Lloyd Richards 1988
390
Trinity Reps production of Tony Kushners Angels in America 1996
403
Musical Theatre Since World War II
419
Finians Rainbow 1947
423
JOHN DEGEN
453
Directors and Direction
466
Actors and Acting
490

Peggy Shaw and Lois Weaver in Split Britches Lust and Comfort 1995
264
En Garde Arts production of Charles L Mee Jr s The Trojan Women
275
Richard Foremans Rhoda in Potatoland 1974
281
Part Two Just
287
The Plays and Playwrights
294
Arthur Millers Death of a Salesman 1949
297
Julie Andrews in My Fair Lady 1956
507
American Theatre Design Since 1945
514
Bibliography
534
Index
554
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