This lively introduction to theatre offers equal measures of appreciation of theatrical arts, history of performance, and descriptions of the collaborative theatrical crafts. The author’s enthusiasm for and knowledge of the current theatre, highlighted by contemporary production shots from around the world, put the students in the front row. The text includes extensive excerpts from seven plays: Prometheus Bound, Oedipus Tyrannos, The York Cycle, Romeo and Juliet, The Bourgeois Gentleman, The Three Sisters, and Happy Days, as well as shorter excerpts from The Rover and A Doll's House.
A lively, colorful introduction to theater appreciation, with an overview of theatrical history, vivid accounts of the current theater scene, and descriptions of the collaborative theatrical crafts. Integral to the text are analysis with excerpts of seven plays, including , , and , plus profiles of the work of all types of theater professionals. This fifth edition features a new chapter on musical theater, expanded coverage of Asian theater, and a brief guide to theatergoing. The author is professor of drama at UC-Irvine. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)