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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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Jessica Barkl
Dec 29, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well, this is an exciting day; I have finally finished reading the textbook I've been using to teach Theater History. However, I've only been teaching Theater History I, which, in the SUNY system, is ritual until the 19th century. I have taught that class three times, twice at the main campus and once at Sullivan Correctional Facility, a maximum prison, that we have a college program at... Anyway, I have really enjoyed using this text, and it has just about everything in it I could want. It's no ...more
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
Spike Gomes
Jan 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
I've been wanting to embark on a mission of filling the lacuna of knowledge about various topics for awhile, so when I found this textbook about to be discarded, I picked it up and added it to the pile. It's very informative, and extremely well-ordered, with every conceivable topic on the subject of theatre covered, including the more obscure things, like the history and development of stage design and theatrical production. While the book makes the usual additions towards "inclusiveness", it by ...more
Jun 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
I use this book as a textbook for my Introduction to Theatre classes. It's a great introduction to theatre history.
Nancy Laney
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Sep 18, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It is my theatre history text book. The chapters are long, but I find it all very interesting.
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Author, teacher, critic, Edwin Wilson began his career as Assistant to the Producer for the Broadway play Big Fish, Little Fish, directed by John Gielgud, and the film Lord of the Flies, directed by Peter Brook. He produced plays off-Broadway and coproduced the Broadway play Agatha Sue, I Love You, directed by George Abbott. He also produced the film The Nashville Sound.

Educated at Vanderbilt, Edi
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