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The Genius of the Italian Theater

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Seven plays and critical essays
paperback, 584 pages
Published 1964
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Jul 13, 2008 Chasmom rated it really liked it
I came across this book while doing research on "Commedia dell'arte". Here are seven plays that span 400 years of Italian theater, plays which may have been models for later works such as Shakespeare's *Twelfth Night*, and came from a time when people really attended live performances. As such, these plays arose as an alternate form, the antithesis of the "Classic" theatre: free-form, winks, sly asides and broad humor, always playing off the audiences. Here are the roots of the 'improv' artists.
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He was a theater critic and translator.

Taught freshman English at UCLA for a year. And that is where he met the "German playwright Bertolt Brecht, who had recently immigrated to the United States after fleeing Nazi Germany and was unknown in this country. The two of them became close, and it was Bentley who translated a lot of Brecht's work into English and helped establish his career in America."
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