The Twentieth Century Theatre; Observations On The Contemporary English And American Stage

Paperback | January 11, 2012

byWilliam Lyon Phelps

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1918. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... THE TWENTIETH CENTURY THEATRE i PRESENT CONDITION OF THE ANGLO- AMERICAN STAGE Pessimistic criticism always conventional -- Ben Jonson and Richard Steele -- recent elevation of the drama -- greatest writers now dramatists -- prophecies by William Sharp and Bronson Howard -- literary quality of modern drama -- the publication of plays -- Henry Arthur Jones -- Bernard Shaw on prefaces -- bad conditions of the American stage -- physical luxuries and spiritual necessities -- the disease and the remedy -- advantages of stock companies -- the Artistic Theatre at Moscow -- the Continent compared with America -- statistics since ioco -- death of melodrama and farce -- influence of the movies -- the rise of Comedy -- vaudeville -- musical comedies and light opera. The fact that many sober-minded and elderly persons -- who remember the days when they went fresh-eyed to the theatre -- loudly condemn the modern stage, should cause no disquietude to those familiar with the history of dramatic criticism. For in almost every age it has been customary for serious folk to denounce the work done by their contemporaries, to describe it and the public taste as degenerate, and to contrast both with some mythical former time, when plays were noble and audiences discriminating. I suppose the world's high-water mark in dramatic production was about the year 1607, when Shakespeare had produced his masterpieces of tragedy and his giant comrades were in full activity. And yet in the early days of the seventeenth century, Ben Jonson, who knew the stage and the public as well as anyone, remarked not once, but repeatedly, that the condition of the drama was enough to make thoughtful men despair. In 1607, in the preface to Volpone, he wrote, "But it will here be hastily answered . . . that no...

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1918. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... THE TWENTIETH CENTURY THEATRE i PRESENT CONDITION OF THE ANGLO- AMERICAN STAGE Pessimistic criticism always conventional -- Ben Jonso...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:36 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.07 inPublished:January 11, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217614523

ISBN - 13:9780217614528

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