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Theatre Journal
Volume 57, Number 3, October 2005

CONTENTS

    Werry, Margaret.
  • "The Greatest Show on Earth": Political Spectacle, Spectacular Politics, and the American Pacific
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    Subject Headings:
    • United States. Navy -- Operations other than war.
    • United States. Navy -- Public relations -- Asia.
    • Keith-Albee's New York Hippodrome.
    • Orientalism.
    Abstract:
      This article examines the elements of theatrical and political spectacle surrounding the tour of the US Fleet to the Pacific and Japan in 1908, its melodramatic afterlife in the 1909 season of the New York Hippodrome, and the performances in the civic spaces of New York City by the production's Māori extras. Arguing that these touristic and theatrical spectacles were constitutive of an emergent globalist and Imperialist regional imaginary, the "American Pacific," it examines the geopolitical underpinnings to this cultural formation, its racial politics, the global and globalizing revolution in the entertainment industry that was a crucial component of it, and its aesthetic economies of virtualization. The article takes issues with the theoretical optic of Orientalism and the postmodern understanding of spectacle, and forwards an alternative model of spectacle as inauguration. This model accounts for spectacle's centrality to the cultures of circulation that produce global systems and recognizes its nature as a multivocal, unstable, porous medium of political and social formation that is responsive to dissenting or local agendas and utopic imaginaries.
    Lim, Eng-Beng.
  • Glocalqueering in New Asia: The Politics of Performing Gay in Singapore
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    Subject Headings:
    • Alfian Saat. Asian boys vol. 1.
    • Gays in the performing arts -- Singapore.
    • Theater -- Singapore.
    Abstract:
      This essay considers the theatrical production of Asian Boys Vol. 1 in Singapore as it is imbricated in neoliberal, nationalist, and diasporic circuits using a new critical formulation called "glocalqueering." Arguing that the global queering lens is inadequate in understanding the predicament of queer men in global cities like Singapore, the article turns to the play as an example of a queer and trans/national theatre production that unravels the politics of performing gay in Singapore and/as New Asia. While uncovering the glocalqueering circuits of this production, the essay also examines the effectiveness of using global Asian queer boys in the hyper-consumerist and highly regulated context of Singapore for queer self-representation, visibility, and political intervention by sexual minorities.
    Bennett, Susan, 1955-
  • Theatre/Tourism
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    Subject Headings:
    • Theater -- Economic aspects -- New York (State) -- New York.
    • Tourism and the arts -- Economic aspects -- New York (State) -- New York.
    • Theater -- Economic aspects -- Nevada -- Las Vegas.
    • Tourism and the arts -- Economic aspects -- Nevada -- Las Vegas.
    Abstract:
      This essay looks at the relationship between theatre and tourism in the global marketplace. Through case studies of theatre and theatricalization in New York City and Las Vegas, "Theatre/Tourism" explores how cultural practices have been harnessed as a powerful marketing strategy in the branding of cities, and how this has impacted the nature and reach of theatrical production. For this reason, corporate entertainment interests have increasingly understood the value of the tourist spectator and have developed theatre products to underpin a complex tourism "ecology." From a study of theatre and globalization in this context, new questions and emphases emerge not only for the economics of theatrical production and the composition of theatre audiences, but also for how scholars think about the historicization of contemporary theatre practices. One outcome of this work is to insist on the place of commercial theatre in critical/historical accounts of late twentieth and early twenty-first century drama and performance.
    Dickinson, Peter, 1968-
  • Travels with Tony Kushner and David Beckham, 2002-2004
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    Subject Headings:
    • Dickinson, Peter, 1968- -- Travel -- Europe.
    • Kushner, Tony. Homebody/Kabul.
    • Beckham, David, 1975-
    Abstract:
      This article examines Tony Kushner's Homebody/Kabul alongside the recent career of the world's most famous footballer in order to argue that live theatre, like global sporting culture, can function as a site of transnational connection and local transformation. Using Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari's concept of nomadology as a way of negotiating between the globally relative and locally absolute claims of history, the article situates Kushner's evolving gloss on the "war machine" that is Afghanistan within the context of one cultural critic's own deterritorialized and itinerant responses to two separate productions of the play (in London and New York) between 2002 and 2004. These productions are further juxtaposed with the contests between discourses of globalism, nationalism, and migrancy that have routinely emerged in the media in connection with David Beckham, especially in the lead-up to the 2002 World Cup, and following his trade to Real Madrid in 2003. Beckham is not paradigmatically a nomad, but the sport he plays, and the fans who follow its theatrics, resist easy conscription by the State, even as powerful a governing body as FIFA. Thus, an analysis of Beckham's travels, both on and off the field, serves to contextualize the confluence of the local and the global, the personal and the political, that simultaneously mobilizes this article's reading of Kushner's play.
    Edmondson, Laura.
  • Marketing Trauma and the Theatre of War in Northern Uganda
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    Subject Headings:
    • Civil war -- Uganda.
    • Art therapy for children -- Uganda.
    • World Vision International.
    • Lord's Resistance Army.
    Abstract:
      This essay explores the ways in which theatre and performance are used to market trauma and humanitarianism in northern Uganda, where a civil war has been waging between the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) and the Ugandan government since the late 1980s. Specifically, the article focuses on the dynamics of performance in a rehabilitation center for former child soldiers sponsored by World Vision. I draw upon my observations and personal experiences at the center to suggest that drama is valued primarily as a marketing tool to reach international and national audiences. In addressing specific variations upon the narrative of war, however, I find that theoretical frameworks of globalization and marketing do not satisfactorily explain the fierce investment in a linear story and the trappings of realism. The final section argues that former LRA captives use indigenous dances to carve out a space in which cultural memory and globalization intersect.

Performance Review

    Smalec, Theresa.
  • The White Plague, and: From Aztec to High Tech (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Capek, Karel, 1890-1938. White plague [performance]
    • Mannheimer, Zachary R., dir.
    • Subjective Theatre Company.
    • Loft Theatre (New York, N.Y.)
    • Gómez-Peña, Guillermo. From Aztec to high tech [performance]
    • Lewis, Emiko R., dir.
    • Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. Peter B. Lewis Theatre.
    Mee, Erin B.
  • World Trade Centre, and: Lidice-gee Gulab (The Rose of Lidice) (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Ningthouja, Ranjit. World Trade Centre [performance]
    • Ngangomba, Birjit, dir.
    • Sana Leipak Nachom Artistes Group.
    • Sumang Lila Sanglen (Imphal, India)
    • Ningthouja, Ranjit. Lidice-gee gulab (the rose of Lidice) [performance]
    • Singh, Prafullo, dir.
    • Sana Leipak Nachom Artistes Group.
    • Slopeland School (Khongjom, India)
    Day, Amber.
  • The Maria Chronicles (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Teatro Luna (Theater company) Maria chronicles [performance]
    • Paz, Coya, dir.
    • Saracho, Tanya, dir.
    • Theater on the Lake (Chicago, Ill.)
    Noh, Aegyung.
  • The Judas Kiss (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Hare, David, 1947- Judas kiss [performance]
    • Park, Jeonghee, dir.
    • Stage Pungkyung (Theater company)
    • Aroonggooji Theatre (Seoul, Korea)
    Nascimento, Cláudia Tatinge.
  • Dies Iræ: My Preposterous Theatrum Interioris Show (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Biagini, Mario, dir. Dies iræ: my preposterous theatrum interioris show [performance]
    • Richards, Thomas, dir.
    • Workcenter of Jerzy Grotowski and Thomas Richards.
    • Teatro Juvarra (Turin, Italy)
    Kritzer, Amelia Howe, 1947-
  • A Dream Play (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Strindberg, August, 1849-1912. Dream play [performance]
    • Churchill, Caryl.
    • Mitchell, Katie, dir.
    • Cottesloe Theatre (London, England)
    • Royal National Theatre (Great Britain)
    Ebrahimian, Babak A.
  • Für die Kinder von Gestern, Heute und Morgen (For the Children of Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow) (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Bausch, Pina. Für die Kinder von Gestern, Heute und Morgen [performance]
    • Tanztheater (Wuppertal, Germany)
    • Brooklyn Academy of Music. Howard Gilman Opera House.
    Stevenson, Jill.
  • Death and the Ploughman (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Johannes, von Tepl, ca. 1350-1414 or 15. Death and the ploughman [performance]
    • Bogart, Anne, 1951-, dir.
    • SITI Company (Theater group)
    • Classic Stage Company (New York, N.Y.)
    Vorder Bruegge, Andrew, 1952-
  • Lorenzaccio (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Musset, Alfred de, 1810-1857. Lorenzaccio [performance]
    • Strand, John, tr.
    • Kahn, Michael, dir.
    • Shakespeare Theatre (Washington, D.C.)
    Minton, Gretchen E.
  • Timon of Athens (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616. Timon of Athens [performance]
    • Ouimette, Stephen, dir.
    • Tom Patterson Theatre (Stratford, Ont.)
    Kuharski, Allen J.
  • Pugilist Specialist (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Shaplin, Adriano. Pugilist specialist [performance]
    • Riot Group (Theater group : San Francisco, Calif.)
    • 45 Below Theater (New York, N.Y.)

Book Review

    Steen, Shannon.
  • Yellowface: Creating the Chinese in American Popular Music and Performance, 1850-1920s, and: Cold War Orientalism: Asia in the Middlebrow Imagination, 1945-1961 (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Moon, Krystyn R., 1974- Yellowface: creating the Chinese in American popular music and performance, 1850-1920s.
    • Klein, Christina, 1963- Cold War orientalism: Asia in the middlebrow imagination, 1945-1961.
    • Popular music -- United States -- History and criticism.
    • Asia -- Foreign public opinion, American.
    Chansky, Dorothy.
  • American Theater in the Culture of the Cold War: Producing and Contesting Containment, 1947-1962 (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • McConachie, Bruce A. American theater in the culture of the Cold War: producing and contesting containment, 1947-1962.
    • Theater -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
    Beach, Maria.
  • Staging the War: American Drama and World War II (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Wertheim, Albert. Staging the war: American drama and World War II.
    • American drama -- 20th century -- History and criticism.
    Conceison, Claire, 1965-
  • Gao Xingjian and Transcultural Chinese Theatre (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Quah, Sy Ren, 1964- Gao Xingjian and transcultural Chinese theatre.
    • Gao, Xingjian -- Criticism and interpretation.
    Lim, Eng-Beng.
  • Staging Nation: English Language Theatre in Malaysia and Singapore (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Lo, Jacqueline. Staging nation: English language theatre in Malaysia and Singapore.
    • Theater and state -- Malaysia.
    Green, Sharon L.
  • Contemporary Theatre in Mayan Mexico: Death-Defying Acts (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Underiner, Tamara L. Contemporary theatre in Mayan Mexico: death-defying acts.
    • Theater -- Mexico -- Chiapas -- History -- 20th century.
    Assumpção, Pablo, 1977-
  • Tentative Transgressions: Homosexuality, AIDS, and the Theater in Brazil (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Albuquerque, Severino João Medeiros. Tentative transgressions: homosexuality, AIDS, and the theater in Brazil.
    • Brazilian drama -- 20th century -- History and criticism.
    Klett, Elizabeth.
  • Turning Turk: English Theater and the Multicultural Mediterranean, 1570-1630 (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Vitkus, Daniel J. Turning Turk: English theater and the multicultural Mediterranean, 1570-1630.
    • English literature -- Mediterranean influences.
    Bose, Neilesh.
  • Acts of Authority/Acts of Resistance: Theater and Politics in Colonial and Postcolonial India (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Bhatia, Nandi, 1963- Acts of authority/acts of resistance: theater and politics in colonial and postcolonial India.
    • Women in the theater -- India.
    Chatterjee, Sudipto.
  • Widows, Pariahs, and Bayadères: India as Spectacle (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Mehta, Binita, 1962- Widows, pariahs, and bayadères: India as spectacle.
    • French drama -- History and criticism.
    Richmond, Farley P., 1938-
    Chastain, Linda White.
  • Rasa: Performing the Divine in India (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Schwartz, Susan L. Rasa: performing the divine in India.
    • Performing arts -- India.
    Golub, Spencer.
  • Shakespeare in the Undiscovered Bourn: Les Kurbas, Ukrainian Modernism, and Early Soviet Cultural Politics (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Makaryk, Irene Rima. Shakespeare in the undiscovered bourn: Les Kurbas, Ukrainian modernism, and early Soviet cultural politics.
    • Kurbas, Les, 1887-1937 -- Criticism and interpretation.
    Kruger, Loren.
  • A History of Theatre in Africa, and: Playing for Life: Performance in Africa in the Age of AIDS, and: Theatre and Empowerment: Community Drama on the World Stage (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Banham, Martin, ed. History of theatre in Africa.
    • Bourgault, Louise Manon. Playing for life: performance in Africa in the age of AIDS.
    • Boon, Richard, ed. Theatre and empowerment: community drama on the world stage.
    • Plastow, Jane, ed.
    • Theater -- Africa -- History.
    • Performing arts -- Africa.
    Ybarra, Patricia.
  • Writing and Re-Writing National Theatre Histories (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Wilmer, S. E., ed. Writing and re-writing national theatre histories.
    • Theater -- History.

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