A Source Book in Theatrical History

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Courier Corporation, 1959 - Performing Arts - 611 pages
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"An indispensable complement to the study of the drama." Educational Theatre Journal. A rich resource for students of theater and theater historians, this volume features an annotated collection of more than 300 unusually interesting and detailed articles. Passages by contemporary observers from ancient Greece to modern times include notes on acting, directing, make-up, costuming, stage props, machinery, scene design, and much more. "Most valuable. An inspiring guide." Theatre Notebook.
  

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Contents

Thespis Meets a Critic
3
Skeptical View of Tragic Conventions
15
A Novel Architectural Idea
21
Showman Pompey
27
A Pantomime Production
34
The Machinery for the Paradise
41
The Stage Magic of Valenciennes
47
Stiolling Players
57
Types of Operatic Settings
186
Baroque Ballet Costumes
187
An Aristocratic Playgoer
192
Bad Theater Manners
193
MiddleClass Connoisseurs 195 12 Middleclass Connoisseurs 13 Moliere as Stage Director j
196
THE RESTORATION THEATER
201
Dorset Garden
203
Alterations in Progress ?V1 Interior of the First Drury Lane
204

A Theater Riot
64
The Wonders of Perspective Scenery
71
King Oedipus in the Olympic Theater
81
River How to Divide the Sky into Sections How Gradually to Cover Part of the Sky Beginning with a Small Cloud That Becomes Larger and Larger...
101
Somi on Stagecraft On Actors and Acting On Stage Costume in General On Costuming Pastoral Plays On Lighting
102
TUDOR AND STUART PERIODS
111
Municipal Prejudice against Plays and Players
113
Indicting the Theater on Four Counts
115
The Interior of the Swan Theatre
116
The Price of Admission
117
The Fortune Contract
118
A Premiere at the Fortune
119
The Burning of the First Glohe Theatre
120
Elizahethan Acting
122
a Hamlets Advice to the Players h Camhridge Theatricals
123
c Qualifications of an Actor
125
d An Excellent Actor
126
e Suhjective Approach
127
f Epitaph on Richard Buihage g Proteus Burhage 9 Elizahethan Audiences
128
h Market of Bawdrie c The Fashion of Youthes
130
d Rioting e More Riots
131
A Very Winning Dame
132
The Playhouse Manners of a Gallant
133
The Patrons of Blackfriars
138
These Transitory Devices
140
An Early Stuart Masque
141
Costumes and Scenery hy Inigo Jones
145
Ben Jonson Turned the Glohe
147
A Courtly Audience
148
Capering Cavaliers
151
The Omnipotent Design
154
The Actors Go Underground
157
Nostalgia for the PreRestoration Stage
158
THE AGE OF LOUIS XIV
165
Torelii in Paris
167
Advice to Poets and Machinists
172
Prescriptions for the Ailing French Stage
177
Reading and Casting a New Play
180
Rehearsals
182
The Functions of the Orator
183
Prompter and Decorator
184
Second Theatre Royal
205
Drones in the Theatrical Hive
206
Loss of Intimacy 2r 8 Social Stratification
208
The Play Is Not the Thing
209
Sir Charles Steals the Show
210
Impromptu Comedy in the Galleries
211
Playhouse Impressions
212
Manners of the Restoration Gallant
213
1 Bettertons Acting Style
215
IS Bettertonian Roles
216
Bettertons Othello and Hamlet
218
A Manual for Actors
219
Mrs Barry
226
Mrs Bracegirdle
228
Rival Companies
230
Another Third Day
234
Foreign Importations
236
Comedians versus Tragedians
239
2 New Costumes
240
Dispute over a Veil
241
A Visit to a Restoration Dressing Room
242
JO Traditional Heroic Costume
244
The Hay market Theatre
245
The Inchanted Island
247
The Age of Business 2 50
250
VENETIAN COMEDY
255
Impromptu Actors in Rehearsal
257
Inside the Oldest Venetian Playhouse
259
Mountebanks
260
The Venetian Carnival
261
The Spirit of Transformation
267
Venetian Auditoria
268
Scenes and Machines
269
The Splendors of a Venetian Opera House
270
Skeptical View of the Commedia Masks
272
Pantalone Rejuvenated
275
Sacchis Harlequin
278
The Waiting Maids Turn
279
Capricious Audience in Rome
280
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