The Cambridge History of American Theatre Volume 2: by Christopher Bigsby, Don B. Wilmeth

By Christopher Bigsby, Don B. Wilmeth

Quantity starts off within the post-Civil battle interval and strains the improvement of yank theater as much as 1945. It discusses the position of vaudeville, eu impacts, the increase of the Little Theater move, altering audiences, modernism, the Federal Theater circulation, significant actors and the increase of the megastar method, and the achievements of outstanding playwrights. This quantity areas American theater in its social, monetary, and political context.

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Social realities were seen as a clue to metaphysical truths. Old notions of an integral self, socially and morally secure, already under assault from deterministic theories and the realities of modernity, now fractured on the patent absurdities of trench warfare. The result was an ironic literature. Pound, Eliot, Hemingway, Cummings, and Fitzgerald described a world in which all gods were dead, language was denatured, and order inverted. They created works in which sexuality was distorted, the imagination suspect, and character parodic.

Edwin Booth loses his theatre after bankBritish actor William C. Macready dies. ruptcy. First Polish play in Chicago, Theofilia Samolinska's The Emancipation of Women. DeBar's Grand Opera House opens in St. Louis; Macauley's opens in Louisville. ) 3 December after Fifth Avenue Theatre burns. 1874 to Preface to Emile Zola's Therese Raquin (adapted from his novel) becomes battlecry for naturalism. Edward E. Rice and J. C. Goodwin's Evangeline (produced by Maurice Grau); the first show billed as "musical comedy," it is also the first to feature an original score with popular music, language, and dance.

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