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The Theory of the Modern Stage by Eric Bentley
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really liked it
bookshelves: plays

Hhmm.. Welp, my copy is a hardback from 1972 - but this edition is close enuf. This has writings by Antonin Artaud, Bertold Brecht, & E. Gordon Craig - amongst many others - but these 3 are probably enuf to get across the idea of why I'm giving it a high rating. Craig, if I remember correctly, proposed a theater of all sets, lighting & motion - W/O actors. Now, I skimming thru his section of this bk & I see no reference to that & I don't know if Craig actually ever realized those ideas or even if I'm confused about the whole business. Nonetheless, it's largely b/c of my association of Craig w/ such things that I give this bk the rating I do. At any rate, this is probably the largest concentration of theater theory that I've ever read & it's important to me for that alone. I've gone thru the "plays" section of my library - picking out the ones I've read to list here on GoodReads. It's interesting to see the collection of plays that I have & to then see how few of them I've read. It reminds me that I don't like reading plays much. &, as w/ all my attempts to scratch the surface of what I've read, it makes me want to read MORE, MORE!

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Reading Progress

Started Reading
June 1, 1976 – Finished Reading
February 9, 2008 – Shelved
February 9, 2008 – Shelved as: plays

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