Explains over 900 terms found in the stage directions of plays for the professional stage by Shakespeare and his contemporaries.
Athough this is primarily a work of reference, to be consuted for specific items, the book can be read from cover to cover almost as if it were pure entertainment. It's self-denying economy of presentation is a great virtue; it gives the whole work a cutting edge that stimulates and invigoreates. As one goes through it, one gets a remarkably intimate feeling for the moment-by-moment actualities of stage performance. I can't imagine anyone using this Dictionary whose reading of modern drama won't be sharpened and improved.