Theatre Journal
Volume 56, Number 1, March 2004


    Bharucha, Rustom, 1953-
  • Foreign Asia / Foreign Shakespeare: Dissenting Notes on New Asian Interculturality, Postcoloniality, and Recolonization
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    Subject Headings:
    • Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616 -- Stage history -- Asia.
    • Theater -- Production and direction -- Asia.
      Decanonizing the larger monolithic and Orientalist associations of Shakespeare and Asia, this essay problematizes their diverse relationships by focusing on three discrete, yet politically and economically linked, sites of investigation: New Asian explorations of Shakespeare in which the dramatic text is subsumed within ostensibly deconstructive scenarios exploring inter-Asian cultural difference; postcolonial critiques of Shakespearean adaptation in traditional performances like Kathakali; and the neo-Orientalist attempt to seek an authentic and vibrant Shakespeare in the living traditions of non-Western cultures. Even while de-provincializing the Bard and affirming that there are not just other Shakespeares but different Shakespeares, the essay also demonstrates that Asicacentricity could be the other side of the same coin as Eurocentricity.
    Dox, Donnalee.
  • The Eyes of the Body and the Veil of Faith
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    Subject Headings:
    • Christian drama, Latin (Medieval and modern) -- History and criticism.
    • Amalarius, Archbishop of Lyon, ca. 775-ca. 850. Liber officialis.
    • Honorius, of Autun, ca. 1080-ca. 1156. Gemma animae.
    • Liturgical drama.
      Liturgical allegory, as a genre of medieval writing, is often thought to indicate dramatic or theatrical tendencies in medieval worship practices. This article compares the liturgical allegories of Amalarius of Metz (ninth century) and Honorius Augustodunensis (twelfth century). The comparison shows that medieval ideas about theatre operated very differently in the writings of Amalarius and, three centuries later, Honorius. These differences suggest both different modes of representation in medieval ceremonies and the transformation of ancient theatre from a negative to a positive model for Christian worship.
    Green, Katherine Sobba, 1949-
  • Mr. Harmony and the Events of January 1793: Elizabeth Inchbald's Every One Has His Fault
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    Subject Headings:
    • Inchbald, Mrs., 1753-1821. Every one has his fault.
    • Theater -- Political aspects -- Great Britain -- History -- 18th century.
      To appreciate the deft control with which Inchbald ventured political material on the Covent Garden stage, one must read EOHHF against the political events of the 1792–93 theatrical season. EOHHF engaged with several tenets proposed in An Enquiry Concerning Political Justice, published by her new friend William Godwin just weeks after her play took the stage. Thus, Inchbald negotiated a common difficulty of "Jacobin" sympathizers who could not agree with all the details of reformist zeal. In particular, EOHHF challenged Godwin's insistence on absolute truth, his repudiation of marriage as an institution, and his indictment of aristocracy as the root of social justice.
    Webb, Barbara L.
  • Authentic Possibilities: Plantation Performance of the 1890s
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    Subject Headings:
    • African American theater -- History -- 19th century.
    • South before the war.
    • Black America.
      African American theatre history has traditionally been a story of progress in which real and authentic representations of black culture displace false and coerced ones. Often, this story finds only a lack of agency or cultural betrayal in black participation in, and attendance at nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century popular entertainments. This case study of two plantation-themed shows from the late 1890s, South Before the War and Black America, argues for an alternative approach. Defining black culture as that which emerges from—-rather than exists behind—-commercial and social constraints expands the options for interpreting black participation in American theatre and the complex dynamics that link performance to racial identification.
    Harries, Martin.
  • Richard Foreman and the Ends of an Avant-Garde
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    Subject Headings:
    • Foreman, Richard, 1937-
    • Experimental theater.
      Foreman's recent productions at once rehearse and question some of the central projects of the twentieth-century avant-garde. Foreman engages the avant-garde faith in the political force of experimental practices that evoke psychic depth. Examining some of his theoretical manifestoes and two of his recent productions, Paradise Hotel (1999) and Now that Communism is Dead, My Life Feels Empty! (2001), this essay argues that Foreman’s staged work interrogates the terms of his theoretical work. In his theoretical writing, Foreman suggests that his Ontological-Hysteric Theater uses the theatrical staging of hysterical forms to evoke essential ontological ground. In his recent productions, the technological apparatus of his plays points instead to a very different psychic topography, where the depth to which his theater can aspire is that of the mass cultural media he uses in his intense stagings.

Performance Review

    Eisler, Garrett.
  • Race: How Blacks and Whites Feel and Think About the American Obsession (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Terkel, Studs, 1912- Race: how blacks and whites feel and think about the American obsession [performance]
    • Gregory, Joy.
    • Schwimmer, David, 1966-
    • Lookingglass Theatre Company.
    • Theatre in the Water Tower Water Works.
    Schultz, Ray.
  • Six Degrees of Separation, and: The Seagull (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Guare, John. Six degrees of separation [performance]
    • Guthrie Theater.
    • Chekhov, Anton Pavlovich, 1860-1904. Seagull [performance]
    • Theatre de la Jeune Lune.
    Wahng, Sel.
  • Under the Skin: A Festival of One-Act Plays (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Peeling (Theater group) Under the skin: a festival of one-act plays [performance]
    • Pelican Studio Theatre.
    Roessler, Norman.
  • Mutter Courage und ihre Kinder, and: Die Mutter (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Brecht, Bertolt, 1898-1956. Mutter Courage und ihre Kinder [performance]
    • Deutsches Theater (Berlin, Germany)
    • Brecht, Bertolt, 1898-1956. Mutter [performance]
    • Berliner Ensemble.
    Russell, Susan.
  • Nathan the Wise (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Lessing, Gotthold Ephraim, 1729-1781. Nathan the wise [performance]
    • Sewell, Richard, tr.
    • Pearl Theatre Company.
    • Lessing, Gotthold Ephraim, 1729-1781. Nathan the wise [performance]
    • D'Andrea, Paul.
    • Theater of the First Amendment.

Book Review

    Kanter, Jodi.
  • Agitated States: Performance in the American Theater of Cruelty (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Kubiak, Anthony, 1951- Agitated states: performance in the American theater of cruelty.
    • Theater and society.
    Carlson, Marla.
  • Death by Drama and Other Medieval Urban Legends (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Enders, Jody, 1955- Death by drama and other medieval urban legends.
    • Theater -- Europe -- History -- Medieval, 500-1500.
    Gilbert, Helen, 1956-
  • Ethnic Drag: Performing Race, Nation, Sexuality in West Germany (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Sieg, Katrin, 1961- Ethnic drag: performing race, nation, sexuality in West Germany.
    • Race awareness in art.
    Barnes, Noreen C.
  • The Queerest Art: Essays on Lesbian and Gay Theater (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Solomon, Alisa, 1956-, ed. Queerest art: essays on lesbian and gay theater.
    • Minwalla, Framji, ed.
    • Gay theater -- United States.
    Mackey, Barbara.
  • Disciplining Satire: The Censorship of Satiric Comedy on the Eighteenth-Century London Stage (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Kinservik, Matthew J., 1967- Disciplining satire: the censorship of satiric comedy on the eighteenth-century London stage.
    • English drama -- 18th century -- History and criticism.
    Elkins, Dennis R.
  • Bernard Shaw and Barry Jackson, and: Bernard Shaw and the Webbs (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Shaw, Bernard, 1856-1950. Bernard Shaw and Barry Jackson.
    • Jackson, Barry Vincent, Sir, b. 1879.
    • Conolly, L. W. (Leonard W.), ed.
    • Shaw, Bernard, 1856-1950. Bernard Shaw and the Webbs.
    • Webb, Sidney, 1859-1947.
    • Webb, Beatrice Potter, 1858-1943.
    • Michalos, Alex C., ed.
    • Poff, Deborah C., ed.
    • Shaw, Bernard, 1856-1950 -- Correspondence.
    Favorini, Attilio, 1943-
  • Staging Consciousness: Theater and the Materialization of Mind (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Demastes, William W. Staging consciousness: theater and the materialization of mind.
    • English drama -- History and criticism -- Theory, etc.
    Hester, Jessica.
  • Female Playwrights and Eighteenth-Century Comedy: Negotiating Marriage on the London Stage, and: Joanna Baillie: A Literary Life (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Anderson, Misty G., 1967- Female playwrights and eighteenth-century comedy: negotiating marriage on the London stage.
    • Slagle, Judith Bailey. Joanna Baillie: a literary life.
    • English drama -- 18th century -- History and criticism.
    • Baillie, Joanna, 1762-1851.
    Shteir, Rachel.
  • Strip Show: Performances of Gender and Desire, and: Striptease Culture: Sex, Media, and the Democratization of Desire (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Liepe-Levinson, Katherine, 1953- Strip show: performances of gender and desire.
    • McNair, Brian, 1959- Striptease culture: sex, media, and the democratization of desire.
    • Striptease.
    • Sex in mass media.
    Stone, Robin.
  • Perfect 10: Writing and Producing the 10-Minute Play, and: Writing Your First Play, and: The Playwright's Guidebook: An Insightful Primer on the Art of Dramatic Writing (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Garrison, Gary. Perfect 10: writing and producing the 10-minute play.
    • Sossaman, Stephen. Writing your first play.
    • Spencer, Stuart, 1957- Playwright's guidebook: an insightful primer on the art of dramatic writing.
    • Drama -- Technique.
    • Playwriting.
    Westgate, J. Chris.
  • Staging a Cultural Paradigm: The Political and the Personal in American Drama (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Ozieblo Rajkowska, Bárbara, ed. Staging a cultural paradigm: the political and the personal in American drama.
    • López-Rodríguez, Miriam, ed.
    • American drama -- 20th century -- History and criticism.
    Mason, Jeffrey D. (Jeffrey Daniel), 1952-
  • Theatre, Society and the Nation: Staging American Identities (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Wilmer, S. E. Theatre, society and the nation: staging American identities.
    • American drama -- History and criticism.
    Elliott, Kenneth.
  • Ridiculous! The Theatrical Life and Times of Charles Ludlam (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Kaufman, David. Ridiculous! the theatrical life and times of Charles Ludlam.
    • Ludlam, Charles.
    Kelly, Katherine E., 1947-
  • She Also Wrote Plays: An International Guide to Women Playwrights from the 10th to the 21st Century, and: Women Who Write Plays: Interviews with American Dramatists (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Croft, Susan, 1958- She also wrote plays: an international guide to women playwrights from the 10th to the 21st century.
    • Greene, Alexis, ed. Women who write plays: interviews with American dramatists.
    • Drama -- Women authors -- Directories.
    • Dramatists, American -- 20th century -- Interviews.
    Earnest, Steve.
  • Love Me or Kill Me: Sarah Kane and the Theatre of Extremes (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Saunders, Graham. Love me or kill me: Sarah Kane and the theatre of extremes.
    • Kane, Sarah, 1971- -- Criticism and interpretation.

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