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The Theatrical Gamut

Notes for a Post-Beckettian Stage
Enoch Brater, Editor
Seventeen prominent critics reconsider the "modern" in drama


This collection of original essays in honor of American drama critic Ruby Cohn captures the rich mixture of discourses on the act of theater. The variety of approaches- from formalist to feminist- pays tribute to the centrality of Beckett in any evaluation of just what constitutes the "modern" in modern, contemporary, postmodern, and experimental drama.

The essays devote attention to playwrights like Sam Shepard, Caryl Churchill and David Hare, Jane Bowles, Arthur Miller, and Suzan-Lori Parks, and urge us as well to reconsider Shakespeare, Strindberg, and such visionary theater practitioners as Antonin Artaud and Joseph Chaikin. They also investigate the dynamics of actor, character, and audience, and offer insights into contemporary German theater, Noh drama, and Balinese theatrical practices. Whatever their subject, these suggestive and original pieces always bring us back to Beckett in fresh and surprising ways.

The contributors are H. Porter Abbott, Linda Ben-Zvi, Herbert Blau, John Russell Brown, Sue-Ellen Case, William Coco, Elin Diamond, Bernard Dort, James Eigo, Martin Esslin, Carla Locatelli, John Orr, Janelle Reinelt, Antonia Rodriguez-Gago, Yasunari Takahashi, and Hersh Zeifman.

Enoch Brater is Professor of English and Theater, University of Michigan.

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  • "Any enthusiastic student of drama—whether professor or undergraduate, theater historian or theater critic, member of acting company or member of an audience—will find The Theatrical Gamut both enlightening and provocative."
    —Jill Levenson, University of Toronto

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Table of Contents

Preface (Enoch Brater) - ix
Back to Bali (John Russell Brown) - 1
Training the French Actor: From Exercise to Experiment (Bernard Dort) - 21
Molly's "Happy Nights" and Winnie's "Happy Days" (Antonia Rodriguez-Gago) - 29
Beckett's German Context (Martin Esslin) - 41
Memory Inscribed in the Body: Krapp's Last Tape and the Noh play Izutsu (Yasunari Takahashi) - 51
Delogocentering Silence: Beckett's Ultimate Unwording (Carla Locatelli) - 67
Consorting with Spirits: The Arcane Craft of Beckett's Later Drama (H. Porter Abbott) - 91
All My Sons After the Fall: Arthur Miller and the Rage for Order (Hersh Zeifman) - 107
"The Garden is a Mess": Maternal Space in Bowles, Glaspell, Robins (Elin Diamond) - 121
Paranoia and Celebrity in American Dramatic Writing: 1970-90 (John Orr) - 141
The Dramaturgy of the Dream Play: Monologues by Breuer, Chaikin, Shepard (Bill Coco) - 159
"Codes from a Mixed-Up Machine": The Disintegrating Actor in Beckett, Shepard, and, Surprisingly, Shakespeare (Gerry McCarthy) - 171
"Aroun the Worl": The Signifyin(g) Theater of Suzan-Lori Parks (Linda Ben-Zvi) - 189
Is the English Epic Over? (Janelle Reinelt) - 209
Acting Out the State Agenda: Berlin, 1993 (Sue-Ellen Case) - 223
Sitelines: A Ground for Theater (Jim Eigo) - 255
Afterthought from the Vanishing Point: Theater at the End of the Real (Herbert Blau) - 279
Afterword (Joseph Chaikin) - 299
Contributors - 301

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  • 6 x 9.
  • 320pp.
  • 7 photographs.
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  • Hardcover
  • 1995
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  • 978-0-472-10583-0

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