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Basic Concept: This is an excellent textbook for use in general theatre classes.It has a little bit of everything in it: play structure, criticism, directing, producing, history, design, costuming, makeup, lights, and sound. It's definitely college-level reading, though, so don't expect high-school-aged students to read it and fully comprehend it without a lot of help. There are really good discussion questions included in the text to help get kids thinking, though, so there's still a lot of val...
A thorough look at theatrical styles, designs, forms, and theatre history.
A really comprehensive overview of the theatre that everyone will find useful. Divided into three parts, the book covers basic concepts, the history of the theatre, and then even dives into the specific jobs and responsibilities of professions. the second section is great, giving brief thumbnails of major movements so you can see how they fit together (and fit into their times) while still whetting your appetite for more. and while for my purposes this last section was a little too literal (do i...
I had to read this book for a Theatre Appreciation class. This book is so dry and boring that it was all I could do to read each chapter. This book did not increase my appreciation of theatre.
An adequate introductory text for theatre studies. The technical information regarding stagecraft is probably more valuable than the historical or textual analysis.