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Rent

by Jonathan Larson|

May 21, 1997

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In these pages, Rent offers what most theater books can't: a chance to step behind the curtain and feel the electricity of a stage phenomenon as it unfolds. Rent has single-handedly reinvigorated Broadway and taken America by storm. Sweeping all major theater awards, including the 1996 Pulitzer…read more

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Each book includes the complete text of the play, margin notes, and a collection of related readings to make Shakespeare relevant for today's students.read more

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Three Theban Plays entitled Antigone, Oedipus the King, and Oedipus at Colonus.read more

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Melodrama and Meaning is a major addition to the new historical approach to film studies. Barbara Klinger shows how institutions most associated with Hollywood cinema-academia, the film industry, review journalism, star publicity, and the mass media-create meaning and ideological identity for…read more

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In two magnificent and authoritative volumes, Harold C. Goddard takes readers on a tour through the works of William Shakespeare, celebrating his incomparable plays and unsurpassed literary genius.read more

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Oxford Shakespeare Topics provides students, teachers, and interested readers with short books on important aspects of Shakespeare criticism and scholarship. Each book is written by an authority in its field, and combines accessible style with original discussion of its subject. Notes and a…read more

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Any review of 20th-century American theatre invariably leads to the term realism. Yet despite the strong tradition of theatrical realism on the American stage, the term is frequently misidentified, and the practices to which it refers are often attacked as monolithically tyrannical, restricting…read more

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In a major burst of creativity, Russian poet Alexander Pushkin during just three months in 1830 completed Eugene Onegin, composed more than thirty lyric poems, wrote several short stories and folk tales, and penned the four short dramas in verse that comprise the "little tragedies". The "little…read more

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by Lois Griffith|

October 21, 1997

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From New York's hottest showcase for new poets, playwrights, and performers comes a dynamic collection of more than 30 original works of drama--all published here for the first time. All of the pieces--produced at the Nuyorican Poets' Cafe and other off-Broadway venues--offer readers a front-row…read more

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'Revenge is a kind of wild justice...' (Francis Bacon). Euripides' .Hecuba. is dominated by the vengeance which Hecuba takes on the faithless Polymestor, and explores in a complex and profound manner the potential for revenge as a subject for tragedy. The sacrifice of Polyxena is in…read more

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The reluctance of contemporary Irish playwright Brian Friel to speak with the press is legendary. Fortunately, his willingness on occasion to grant interviews has fortuitously coincided with the productions of his pivotal works, including the highly celebrated Dancing at Lughnasa , recently…read more

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Chikamatsu Monzaemon (1653-1725) wrote some 130 plays, chiefly for the puppet theater, many of which are still performed today by puppet operators and Kabuki actors. Chikamatsu is thought to have written the first major tragedies about the common man. This edition of four of his most important…read more