American theatre : a chronicle of comedy and drama, 1930-1969 /

Main Author: Bordman, Gerald Martin.
Format: Book
Language: English
Published: New York : Oxford University Press, 1996.
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Theater aficionados will revel in Bordman's newest addition to his acclaimed "American Theatre" series, the last of three volumes covering the history of nonmusical theater in the US. (The first two volumes examined the seasons 1869-70 through 1913-1914 and 1914-15 through 1929-30.) Chronicling every Broadway production, as well as every major off-Broadway show, historian Bordman examines each season of plays, summarizing plots, providing production details, names of directors, leading actors and roles, quotes from critics, and any significant features of individual shows. Unfortunately, due to space and time constraints some notable theatrical productions are excluded; for example, only the main offerings of the Federal Theatre Project are covered. Productions by the Children's Theatre and the Suitcase Unit and as well as some Harlem revivals are omitted. Nonetheless, this volume stands as the premier record of American theater for the mid-20th century. A lively, sweeping reference source highly recommended for both academic and large public libraries. M. J. Antonelli; University of North Texas

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