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History & Criticism

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  • 100 Essays I Don't Have Time to Write

    On Umbrellas and Sword Fights, Parades and Dogs, Fire Alarms, Children, and Theater

    by Sarah Ruhl

    Sarah Ruhl is a mother of three and one of America's best-known playwrights. She has written a stunningly original book of essays whose concerns range from the most minimal and personal subjects to the most encompassing matters of art and culture. The titles themselves speak to the volume's uniqueness: "On lice," "On sleeping in the theater," "On motherhood and stools (the furniture kind)," "Greek ... Read more

    $13.85 AUD

  • Saturday Night: A Backstage History of Saturday Night Live

    by Doug Hill and 1 more

    Saturday Night is the intimate history of the original Saturday Night Live, from its beginnings as an outlaw program produced by an unruly band of renegades from the comedy underground to a TV institution that made stars of John Belushi, Bill Murray, Chevy Chase, Gilda Radner, Jane Curtin, Laraine Newman, Garrett Morris, Joe Piscopo and Eddie Murphy. This is the book that revealed to the world ... Read more

    $10.74 AUD

  • Constellations

    by Nick Payne

    One relationship. Infinite possibilities.'Let's go for a drink. I don't know what I'm doing here anyway. One drink. And if you never want to see me again you never have to see me again.'Nick Payne's Constellations is a play about free will and friendship; it's about quantum multiverse theory, love and honey.Constellations premiered at the Theatre Upstairs at the Royal Court Theatre, London, in ... Read more

    $13.63 AUD

  • Shakespeare's Ear

    Dark, Strange, and Fascinating Tales from the World of Theater

    by Tim Rayborn

    Shakespeare’s Ear presents dark and sometimes funny pieces of fact and folklore that bedevil the mostly unknown history of theater. All manner of skullduggery, from revenge to murder, from affairs to persecution, proves that the drama off-stage was just as intense as any portrayed on it. The stories include those of:An ancient Greek writer of tragedies who dies when an eagle drops a tortoise on ... Read more

    $20.99 AUD

  • Will In The World

    How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare

    by Stephen Greenblatt

    Stephen Greenblatt's Will in the World is widely recognised to be the fullest and most brilliant account ever written of Shakespeare's life, his work and his age.Shakespeare was a man of his time, constantly engaging with his audience's deepest desires and fears, and by reconnecting with this historic reality we are able to experience the true character of the playwright himself. Greenblatt traces ... Read more

    $17.99 AUD

  • Frankenstein, based on the novel by Mary Shelley

    by Nick Dear

    Slowly I learnt the ways of humans: how to ruin, how to hate, how to debase, how to humiliate. And at the feet of my master I learnt the highest of human skills, the skill no other creature owns: I finally learnt how to lie.Childlike in his innocence but grotesque in form, Frankenstein's bewildered creature is cast out into a hostile universe by his horror-struck maker. Meeting with cruelty ... Read more

    $13.63 AUD

  • The Importance of Being Earnest (Illustrated + FREE audiobook link + Active TOC)

    by Oscar Wilde

    FEATURES:      •     Includes beautiful artworks and illustrations      •     A link of a FREE audio book to download at the end of the book      •     Active Table of Contents for an easy navigation within the book      •     Manually coded and crafted by professionals for highest formatting quality and standard... ... Read more

    $1.52 AUD

  • The Homecoming

    by Harold Pinter

    'An exultant night - a man in total command of his talent.' Observer'The most intense expression of compressed violence to be found anywhere in Pinter's plays.' The TimesWhen Teddy, a professor in an American university, brings his wife Ruth to visit his old home in London, he finds his family still living in the house. In the conflict that follows, it is Ruth who becomes the focus of the family's ... Read more

    $13.63 AUD

  • The Viewpoints Book

    A Practical Guide to Viewpoints and Composition

    by Anne Bogart and 1 more

    The Viewpoints is a technique of improvisation that grew out of the postmodern dance world. It was first articulated by choreographer Mary Overlie, who broke down the two dominant issues performers deal with—space and time—into six categories. Since that time, directors Anne Bogart and Tina Landau have expanded her notions and adapted them for actors to function together spontaneously and ... Read more

    $24.63 AUD

  • Look Back in Anger

    by John Osborne

    In 1956 John Osborne's Look Back in Anger changed the course of English theatre.'Look Back in Anger presents post-war youth as it really is. To have done this at all would be a significant achievement; to have done it in a first play is a minor miracle. All the qualities are there, qualities one had despaired of ever seeing on stage - the drift towards anarchy, the instinctive leftishness, the ... Read more

    $13.63 AUD

  • Stella Adler on Ibsen, Strindberg, and Chekhov

    by Stella Adler and 1 more

    In her long-awaited book, the legendary acting teacher Stella Adler gives us her extraordinary insights into the work of Henrik Ibsen ("The creation of the modern theater took a genius like Ibsen. . .Miller and Odets, Inge and O'Neill, Williams and Shaw, swallowed the whole of him"), August Strindberg ("He understood and predicted the forces that would break in our lives"), and Anton Chekhov ( ... Read more

    $13.96 AUD

  • An Actor's Work

    A Student's Diary

    by Konstantin Stanislavski

    Stanislavski’s ‘system’ has dominated actor-training in the West since his writings were first translated into English in the 1920s and 30s. His systematic attempt to outline a psycho-physical technique for acting single-handedly revolutionized standards of acting in the theatre.Until now, readers and students have had to contend with inaccurate, misleading and difficult-to-read English-language ... Read more

    $69.73 AUD

  • In-Yer-Face Theatre

    British Drama Today

    by Aleks Sierz

    The most controversial and newsworthy plays of British theatre are a rash of rude, vicious and provocative pieces by a brat pack of twentysomethings whose debuts startled critics and audiences with their heady mix of sex, violence and street-poetry.In-Yer-Face Theatre is the first book to study this exciting outburst of creative self-expression by what in other contexts has been called Generation ... Read more

    $20.45 AUD

  • No Applause--Just Throw Money

    The Book That Made Vaudeville Famous

    by Trav S.D.

    A seriously funny look at the roots of American EntertainmentWhen Groucho Marx and Charlie Chaplin were born, variety entertainment had been going on for decades in America, and like Harry Houdini, Milton Berle, Mae West, and countless others, these performers got their start on the vaudeville stage. From 1881 to 1932, vaudeville was at the heart of show business in the States. Its stars were ... Read more

    $12.53 AUD

  • Mr. Foote's Other Leg

    by Ian Kelly

    When Samuel Foote was buried clandestinely in the cloisters of Westminster Cathedral, he may or may not have been reunited with his missing leg. (In eighteenth-century London it was customary for amputees to be buried with their sawn-off limbs, which were kept embalmed for this purpose.) How Samuel Foote lost his leg is one of the many extraordinary and gruesome elements in the story of a unique ... Read more

    $16.99 AUD

  • An Other Kind of Home

    Gender-Sexual Abjection, Subjectivity, and the Uncanny in Literature and Film

    by Kyle Frackman

    series Kulturtransfer und Geschlechterforschung
    In this study, the author examines works of German-language literature and film from the nineteenth and twentieth century in order to chart a certain kind of otherness. Common to all of the examined cultural products are aspects of gender, sexuality, a notion of home or belonging, and pressures of abjection. Other elements of identity include race and disease. The characters in the analyzed works ... Read more

    $65.33 AUD

  • Acting Is Everything

    An Actor's Guidebook For A Successful Career In Los Angeles

    by Judy Kerr

    In this actor's guidebook, renowned acting coach Judy Kerr shares her lifetime of techniques and tricks of the trade. She opens the doors of Hollywood to acting hopefuls and professionals with a straightforward road map for building their dreams and careers. The previous 11 editions have contributed to the success of thousands of readers. In this new ebook Judy shares brand new content: including ... Read more

    $12.31 AUD

  • Class Divisions on the Broadway Stage

    The Staging and Taming of the I.W.W.

    by M. Schwartz

    series Palgrave Studies in Theatre and Performance History
    Examining twenty-five years of theatre history, this book covers the major plays that feature representations of the Industrial Workers of the World. American class movement and class divisions have long been reflected on the Broadway stage and here Michael Schwartz presents a fresh look at the conflict between labor and capital. ... Read more

    $76.55 AUD

  • Conversations with Anne

    by Anne Bogart

    From one remarkable mind to another, Conversations with Anne documents the series of intimate interviews that theater director Anne Bogart has conducted-before live audiences-with major artists and cultural thinkers at her West Side studio over half a decade. In these extraordinary conversations, Bogart and her guests consider such free-ranging topics as the driving forces in their work, the paths ... Read more

    $28.15 AUD

  • The Caretaker

    by Harold Pinter

    It was with this play that Harold Pinter had his first major success, and its production history since it was first performed in 1960 has established the work as a landmark in twentieth-century drama.The obsessive caretaker, Davies, whose papers are in Sidcup, is a classic comic creation, and his uneasy relationship with the enigmatic Aston and Mick established the author's individuality with an ... Read more

    $13.63 AUD

  • An Ideal Theater

    Founding Visions for a New American Art

    by Todd London

    An Ideal Theater is a wide-ranging, inspiring documentary history of the American theatre movement as told by the visionaries who goaded it into being. This anthology collects over forty essays, manifestos, letters and speeches that are each introduced and placed in historical context by the noted writer and arts commentator, Todd London, who spent nearly a decade assembling this collection. This ... Read more

    $30.79 AUD

  • Dorothy Parker: Complete Broadway, 1918–1923

    by Dorothy Parker and 1 more

    Dorothy Parker holds a place in history as one of New Yorks most beloved writers. Now, for the first time in nearly a century, the public is invited to enjoy Mrs. Parkers sharp wit and biting commentary on the Jazz Age hits and flops in this first-ever published collection of her groundbreaking Broadway reviews.Starting when she was twenty-four at Vanity Fair as New Yorks only female theatre ... Read more

    $12.31 AUD

  • Neoliberalism and Global Theatres

    Performance Permutations

    by L. Nielsen and 1 more

    series Studies in International Performance
    How do theatre and performance transmit and dispute ideologies of neoliberalism? The essays in this anthology examine the mechanisms and rhetorics of contemporary multinational and transnational organizations, artists, and communities that produce theatre and performance for global audiences. ... Read more

    $81.06 AUD

  • Loss and the Literary Culture of Shakespeare’s Time

    by Roslyn L. Knutson and 2 more

    series Early Modern Literature in History
    As early modernists with an interest in the literary culture of Shakespeare’s time, we work in a field that contains many significant losses: of texts, of contextual information, of other forms of cultural activity. No account of early modern literary culture is complete without acknowledgment of these lacunae, and although lost drama has become a topic of increasing interest in Shakespeare ... Read more

    $89.09 AUD