Living Theatre: A History
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Living Theatre: A History

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Living Theatre: A History conveys the excitement and variety of theatre throughout time, as well as the dynamic way in which our interpretation of theatre history is informed by contemporary scholarship. Rather than presenting readers with a mere catalog of historical facts and figures, it sets each period in context through an exploration of the social, political and econ...more
Published August 5th 2003 by McGraw-Hill Humanities/Social Sciences/Languages (first published January 1st 1983)
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I give this a three for a few reasons.

First, I have not thoroughly read any other comprehensive theatre history text and therefore have naught to compare it to.

Second, the history is chronological. This is appreciated. The author takes the time to describe derivations of theatre in the introduction, as well as highlight some basic differences between the Eastern and Western world. However, this book is decidely Western, and does not hide it. It is one thing to have this viewpoint, but the autho...more
I use this book as a textbook for my Introduction to Theatre classes. It's a great introduction to theatre history.
It is my theatre history text book. The chapters are long, but I find it all very interesting.
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