Review by Choice Review
The authors treat 99 women playwrights who are Latina, Asian American, African American, lesbian, or a combination. Heterosexual Caucasians are excluded. Criteria were the existing production record of the writer and the potential for production, as well as such stage values as the appeal of the plays for a diverse audience and their quality. Excluded are plays "unlikely to be performed by artists other than the original creators." Brief essays introduce each section. For each playwright the following information is given: a brief biography, description of plays (generally positive), a selected production history, play availability, awards, and a selected bibliography of criticism and review articles. Appendixes list playwrights by cultural or ethnic grouping, additional playwrights, nominating theaters, and names of individual nominators. Recommended for theater departments and libraries. J. Overmyer; emeritus, Ohio State University
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Review by Booklist Review
Almost 90 established as well as emerging African American, Asian American, Latina, and lesbian dramatists are presented here in familiar Greenwood style. All included playwrights are Americans who have done most of their writing since 1970. Writers were chosen for inclusion based on recommendations from theaters that are members of the Theatre Communications Group, theaters listed in Dramatists Sourcebook, and selected experts and scholars. A few of the entries, such as Five Lesbian Brothers and Split Britches, are for companies rather than individuals. Entries, which are alphabetically arranged, include brief biographical sketches, descriptions of individual works, production histories of plays, information on play availability, awards, and citations for reviews and other critical and descriptive articles. An overview is provided by introductory essays on each of the four groups of playwrights covered in the volume. Appendixes include a selected bibliography of major scholarly and critical studies, lists of playwrights by cultural/ethnic grouping, lists of playwrights not included in the main part of the text, and lists of theater and individual nominators of dramatists covered. There is little overlap with existing sources. For example, only 5 of the 89 playwrights covered here are also found in Greenwood's own Notable Women in the American Theatre [RBB F 1 90]: Martha Boessing, Jane Chambers, Maria Irene Fornes, Adrienne Kennedy, and Ntozake Shange. This very specialized title may not be for every reference collection, but libraries with theater and women's studies collections will certainly find it a useful addition.
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Review by Library Journal Review
Any volume that brings attention to playwrights who do not fit neatly into the mainstream is to be welcomed, and this is such a book. It focuses on contemporary, self-identified Asian American, African American, Latina, and lesbian playwrights, the majority of whose work was written after 1970. This informative work is a good single source in which to find what is often difficult-to-locate material. Eighty-nine women are given extensive treatment: a biographical narrative, descriptions of the plays, a selected production history, play availability, awards, and a selected bibliography of critical and review articles. An appendix lists 58 playwrights not included in the main body of the text, including Native American (a category not used in the main grouping). Many of these talented women have received little attention, and researchers and theater enthusiasts should be glad that the authors have brought this project to fruition. Recommended for all academic and large public libraries.Susan L. Peters, Emory Univ. Lib., Atlanta, Ga. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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