Review by Choice Review
This lively, informal history of theater, 1914-30, includes productions in major New York theaters. Bordman proceeds chronologically by the date of the first New York staging and discusses each production. He provides critical insights and points of interest that vary from play to play, but he generally includes a brief plot summary and the names of major characters and actors performing those roles. Bordman usually covers both the commercial success and critical reception of each production. Although this is a valuable reference work, reflecting an exhaustive knowledge of the theater, the vivid prose and memorable images also make it a joy to read. The reference value is enhanced by indexes to play titles, people, sources, and organizations. The previous volume of this series (CH, Sep'94) covers 1869-1914. Future volumes will cover 1930-69 and the Colonial and pre-Civil War era. Recommended for reference collections in large public and academic libraries. M. M. Vass; University of Kentucky
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Review by Library Journal Review
This essential reference work for theater students and scholars is comprised of a season-by-season chronicle of the golden age of American theater. Densely printed in double columns with bold-faced play titles and names of figures, the text doggedly traces every New York production with details of plot, critical reaction, and performance history. From World War I through the Depression, the foundation of American theater as we now know it was laid. O'Neill, Rice, Belasco, Shaw, LaGallienne, the Lunts, and hundreds of others, known and unknown, take their place in the story. What is especially pleasing about this book is not only its amazing cornucopia of information, but its easy readability. And while there are no pictures, the detailed index makes it easy to trace plays and people in their context. For all theater collections.Thomas E. Luddy, Salem State Coll., Mass. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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