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An International dictionary of theatre language /

Other Authors: Trapido, Joel., Langhans, Edward A., Brandon, James R.
Format: Book
Language: English
Published: Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 1985
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From ``ace'' (a one-night stand) to ``zits'' (a false beard), this compendium of 15,000 terms is a fascinating guide to contemporary and historical theatrical usage. Scope includes all aspects of drama and production, from burlesque, dramatic literature, opera, playwriting and theater management to vaudeville. Two-thirds of the terms explained are from English; the balance are from European, African, and, especially, Asian languages. The emphasis on Asia probably reflects the location and interests of the editors, all drama professors at University of Hawaii, Manoa. Entries range from succinct definitions to paragraphs of several hundred words. Citations to an inclusive 150-page bibliography are given as needed and are a unique feature of this dictionary. Also useful is an introductory essay outlining the history of theater glossaries and encyclopedias. One quibble: guides to pronunciation would have been helpful. Type style is clean, crisp, and exceptionally readable. An excellent, highly useful, comprehensive work. Academic and public libraries.-A.F. Dalbey, Dominican College of San Rafael

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