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Performance Success : Performing Your Best Under Pressure (Theatre Arts)
Don Greene
0878301224
October 1, 2001
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Book Description
Performance Success teaches a set of skills so that a musician can be ready to go out and sing or play at his or her highest level, working with energies that might otherwise be wasted in unproductive ways. This is a book of skills and exercises, prepared by a master teacher.

About the Author
Don Greene, Ph.D. is a sports psychologist who has worked with groups as diverse as the US Olympic Diving Team, police departments, and opera companies. He is the author of Audition Success, also published by Routledge, and Fight Your Fear and Win (Broadway Books). He teaches at the Juilliard School of Music in New York.


Utopia in Performance: Finding Hope at the Theater
Jill Dolan
0472069071
November 2005
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African American Performance and Theater History
David Krasner
0195127242
Jan 2001
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From Library Journal
In this chronicle of New York nonmusical theater, every play produced in the years 1969 to 2000, from Broadway to Off Off Broadway, is discussed in four chapters, with seasons grouped by topical issues. Hischak (theater, SUNY at Cortland), who won ALA's Outstanding Academic Book award in 1995 for The American Musical Theatre Song Encyclopedia, examines over 2000 plays though the issues addressed are hardly common to all and reflect only a few memorable productions. Each year gets an overview comment, while each play gets a summary, an actor comment, and a statement about its critical reception. Since there are no pictures, this is not a coffee-table book but a well-written diary of theater events whose double-column, small-print format belies the energy and readability of the text. While the result is a valuable...


African American Performance and Theater History
Harry Justin Elam
0195127250
Jan 2001
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From Library Journal
In this chronicle of New York nonmusical theater, every play produced in the years 1969 to 2000, from Broadway to Off Off Broadway, is discussed in four chapters, with seasons grouped by topical issues. Hischak (theater, SUNY at Cortland), who won ALA's Outstanding Academic Book award in 1995 for The American Musical Theatre Song Encyclopedia, examines over 2000 plays though the issues addressed are hardly common to all and reflect only a few memorable productions. Each year gets an overview comment, while each play gets a summary, an actor comment, and a statement about its critical reception. Since there are no pictures, this is not a coffee-table book but a well-written diary of theater events whose double-column, small-print format belies the energy and readability of the text. While the result is a valuable...


Performance Studies: An Introduction
R. SCHECHNER
0415146216
May 10, 2002
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Review
Richard Schechner's work is crucial. His thoughts always renew my desire to change the world..–Guillermo Gómez-Peña, performance artist and writer, San Francisco, USA

This useful volume sets up lively possibilities for exploring the entire spectrum....an enterprising spirit that now defines performance studies..–Herbert Blau, Byron and Alice L. Lockwood Professor of the Humanities, University of Washington, Seattle, USA

An appropriately broad-ranging, challenging, and provocative introduction, equally important for practicing artists as for students and scholars of the performing arts..–Phillip Zarrilli, University of Exeter, UK

This isn't merely the musings of a theatre director who never stops innovating. It is a global thinker's striking, historic way of understanding human...



Wicked: The Grimmerie, A Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Hit Broadway Musical
David Cote
1401308201
October 2005
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BroadwayStars.com
"The book takes you down the yellow brick road and behind the curtains of the great wizard."

Book Description
Wicked is not just a musical, it is a phenomenon. Every week 15,000 people pack New York+s Gershwin Theatre to see the show. The most successful musical on Broadway in 2004, Wicked is based on the bestselling novel of the same name by Gregory Maguire. It tells the story of Elphaba, the headstrong Wicked Witch of the West, and Glinda, the good witch, growing up in the Land of Oz. The show has cast a spell on fans, many of whom return for second and third viewings. In 2005, the show begins an extensive tour across the United States and Canada, hitting major cities such as Toronto, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Washington, D.C., and many more.This beautifully...


The Perfect Wrong Note : Learning to Trust Your Musical Self
William Westney
1574670832
October 1, 2003
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Library Journal
"A well-thought-out and well-presented work on an approach to music instruction to which many aspire, but few attain . . ."

Music Educators' Journal, September 2004
" . . . wonderfully frank."

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Power and Performance
Johannes Fabian
0299125149
Dec 1990
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Othello: The Moor of Venice
William Shakespeare
0451526856
April 1998
Mass Market Paperback
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From School Library Journal
Gr 10 Up-Naxos AudioBooks' top-drawer Classic Drama Series blissfully continues with this exquisite rendition of Othello starring Hugh Quarshie, Anton Lesser, Emma Fielding, and a full cast of professional English actors with extensive credits in the Royal National Theatre, BBC Radio Drama Company, and the Royal Shakespeare Company. Shakespeare's most domestic tragedy is an exceedingly complex journey through jealousy, self-doubt, inadequacies, and societal acceptance. Passed over for military promotion, Iago, perhaps Shakespeare's most nefarious character, manipulates Othello's downfall, culminating in the murder of his beloved wife, Desdemona, and Othello's subsequent suicide. Under David Timson's stewardship as director, the story is beautifully and simply told, embellished only with intermittent brassy...


Women Players In England, 1500-1660: Beyond The All-Male Stage (Studies in Performance and Early Modern Drama)
Pamela Allen Brown (Editor), Peter Parolin (Editor)
0754609537
December 9, 2005
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Liveness: Performance in a Mediatized Culture
Philip Auslander
0415196906
June 1999
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Book Description
Is it live or is it Memorex?

In his provocative new book, performance critic Philip Auslander explores live performance and asks what relevance it has in contemporary culture dominated by mass media. Liveness: Performance in a Mediatized Society begins with an overview of live performance and reveals that media technology has encroached on live events to the point where many, like concerts and sporting events that feature jumbo video screens, are hardly live at all. Auslander offers a way of understanding the history of this development based on an analysis of the relationship between early television and theatre.

Auslander goes on to a detailed analysis of what live performance has meant in rock music culture, arguing that live performance has been devalued here, as it has been in the culture...


Command Performance
Jane Alexander
0306810441
May 2001
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From Publishers Weekly
The distinguished actress chronicles her stormy four-year tenure as chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts with infectious passion and searching intelligence. When she was nominated in 1993, Alexander was appearing in a hit play (The Sisters Rosensweig) and, she says here, needed her star's salary because she had been virtually bankrupted by a crooked accountant. Yet she felt obligated, as someone whose early career had been shaped by the nonprofit theater so dependent on the NEA, to assume the thankless job of defending the agency against conservatives determined to shut it down. In Alexander's scathing depiction, "philistine" would be too kind a term for the politicians she had to confront. "Arthur Murray never needed a grant to write a play," House Speaker Newt Gingrich informs one NEA supporter, "who...


Berenstain Bears Get Stage Fright
Stan Berenstain Berenstain
0394873378
January 1986
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Book Description
Given the lead role in the school play, Sister Bear is sure she'll forget her lines. Despite Brother's teasing, she follows Mama's advice and practices until she's perfect. On the night of the performance, it's Brother who ends up with stage fright and who is rescued by his sympathetic sister.  

Card catalog description
Sister Bear worries about her lines in the school play while Brother Bear has no fear. Guess who forgets the lines during the performance?

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A Short History of Western Performance Space
David Wiles
0521012740
October 2, 2003
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Review
'... the range of his study promises that most readers will discover surprising connections and contrasts between the theatre of their period and others ... an inspiring read for the theatre practitioner as well as a crucial reference for the scholar of theatre or cultural anthropology ... Theatres and Encyclopedias is well worth reading, whether one is a scholar of print and theatre history, early modern drama and literature, or the general etiology of western culture.' Rebecca Nesvet, University of Gloucestershire, English

Review
"Meticulously researched, covering a broad sweep of performance history from classical Greece to modernist western Europe, lavishly illustrated with reproductions, original line drawings, maps, and diagrams, it presents descriptions and analyses of a wide...


A Beckett Canon
Ruby Cohn
0472031317
Dec 2005
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Book Description
Samuel Beckett is unique in literature. Born and educated in Ireland, he lived most of his life in Paris. His literary output was rendered in either English or French, and he often translated one to the other, but there is disagreement about the contents of his bilingual corpus. A Beckett Canon by renowned theater scholar Ruby Cohn offers an invaluable guide to the entire corpus, commenting on Beckett's work in its original language.


Looking at Shakespeare : A Visual History of Twentieth-Century Performance
Dennis Kennedy
0521785480
December 20, 2001
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Review
'Looking at Shakespeare is brilliant. Kennedy's analytic skills, his visual perceptiveness and ability to recreate the dynamic of performance from the static evidence of photographs mean the book moves seamlessly between productions seen and unseen ... Kennedy is that rarest of guides, the reliable kind.' Peter Holland, The Times Literary Supplement
'... It is Kennedy's commentary, at once lucid and erudite, that makes the visual documentation leap off the page. Enlightening for the general reader, invaluable for theatre professionals and academics, Looking at Shakespeare ... breaks new ground for performance-oriented theatre scholarship.' American Theatre
'A comprehensive history and visual feast.' Shakespeare at the Centre

Review
"Dennis Kennedy's Looking at Shakespeare is one...


Critical Theory and Performance
Janelle G. Reinelt
0472064584
Oct 1992
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Book Description
The first comprehensive survey of the major critical currents and approaches in the lively field of performance studies


Othello
William Shakespeare
0743482824
August 2004
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Book Description
Each edition includes: • Freshly edited text based on the best early printed version of the play • Full explanatory notes conveniently placed on pages facing the text of the play • Scene-by-scene plot summaries • A key to famous lines and phrases • An introduction to reading Shakespeare's language • An essay by an outstanding scholar providing a modern perspective on the play • Illustrations from the Folger Shakespeare Library's vast holdings of rare books Essay by Susan Snyder The Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C., is home to the world's largest collection of Shakespeare's printed works, and a magnet for Shakespeare scholars from around the globe. In addition to exhibitions open to the public throughout the year, the Folger offers a full calendar of...


The Art of the Piano : Its Performers, Literature and Recordings Revised and Expanded Edition
David Dubal
1574670883
April 1, 2005
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From Library Journal
As a basic handbook for piano enthusiasts, this is an informative and well-researched volume. The first section offers capsule biographies of pianists through history, alphabetically arranged, that assess the stylistic or pianistic traits of each. Recordings--or, in the case of historical figures, contemporary reports on playing styles--are cited for documentation. The second section presents a critical survey of the important piano literature, solo and concerto, with a selective discography for each, based on the author's comparative listening. The amount of space accorded each pianist, as well as the author's critical commentaries, are of necessity highly subjective; nevertheless, Dubal's choices give us an impression of careful judgment and genuine love of the subject. There are some surprising omissions (e.g.,...


Directing Postmodern Theater
Jon Whitmore
0472065572
Aug 1994
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Book Description
An introduction to theatrical directing using the concepts and terminology of semiotic theory


Life Interrupted: The Unfinished Monologue
Spalding Gray
1400048613
October 2005
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Perhaps best known for his first theatrical monologue, 1985's Swimming to Cambodia (which later became a surprisingly successful film, directed by Jonathan Demme), Gray followed Cambodia with many more autobiographical performances, including Monster in a Box and Slippery Slope (and many film appearances) until his suicide at age 62 in spring 2004. A traumatic automobile accident in 2001 had left him severely depressed;this, and the hospital stay that followed, is the subject of the unfinished monologue that makes up only a short part of this memorial volume. Introduced by novelist Francine Prose in a graceful essay citing Gray's "unlikely and hilarious pilgrim's progress," the book includes short eulogies by some of Gray's many friends in memorial services at Lincoln Center and in Sag Harbor, his home. Many are...


Tom Stoppard in Conversation
Tom Stoppard
0472065610
Sept 1994
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Book Description
British playwright Tom Stoppard in his own words


Live: Art and Performance
A. HEATHFIELD
0415972396
November 10, 2004
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Review
...an excellent illustration of performance art's ability to engage its audience directly, to inspire the audience to search its own thoughts and feelings, and, in so doing, to complete the work that the artist began.–Library Journal

Live presents a thought-tweaking array of work by a variety of artists. Every page raises questions on the direction of art, ethical use of children, animals, and wet ware (dolls made of living organisms) as performance props. Abuse of the human body, genitals as art materials and manifesting a cornucopia of unusual sexual behavior are the tools and production practices employed to shock and enthrall audiences. Live is laudatory book that dotes on the freakishness of performance and neglects to discuss critically the inherent problems associated with categorizing it as art rather than...



Julius Caesar
William Shakespeare
0743484932
July 2005
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Book Description
FOLGER Shakespeare LibraryThe world's leading center for Shakespeare studiesEach edition includes:• Freshly edited text based on the best early printed version of the play• Full explanatory notes conveniently placed on pages facing the text of the play• Scene-by-scene plot summaries• A key to famous lines and phrases• An introduction to reading Shakespeare's language• An essay by a leading Shakespeare scholar providing a modern perspective on the play• Illustrations from the Folger Shakespeare Library's vast holdings of rare booksEssay by Coppélia KahnThe Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C., is home to theworld's largest collection of Shakespeare's printed works, and a magnet forShakespeare scholars from around the globe. In addition to exhibitions open tothe public...


Othello
William Shakespeare
0553213024
January 1988
Mass Market Paperback
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From School Library Journal
Gr 10 Up-Naxos AudioBooks' top-drawer Classic Drama Series blissfully continues with this exquisite rendition of Othello starring Hugh Quarshie, Anton Lesser, Emma Fielding, and a full cast of professional English actors with extensive credits in the Royal National Theatre, BBC Radio Drama Company, and the Royal Shakespeare Company. Shakespeare's most domestic tragedy is an exceedingly complex journey through jealousy, self-doubt, inadequacies, and societal acceptance. Passed over for military promotion, Iago, perhaps Shakespeare's most nefarious character, manipulates Othello's downfall, culminating in the murder of his beloved wife, Desdemona, and Othello's subsequent suicide. Under David Timson's stewardship as director, the story is beautifully and simply told, embellished only with intermittent brassy...


Approaching the Millennium
Deborah R. Geis
0472066234
Jan 1998
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From Library Journal
Seldom has a new work of dramatic literature been discussed by scholars as widely and quickly as Tony Kushner's Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning Angels in America. One scholar termed it "a turning point in the history of gay drama, the history of American drama, and of American literary culture." The breadth of the play's thematic concerns, the originality of its construction and characterizations, and the multiple ambivalences of its message guarantee that it will provoke stimulating critical and scholarly discussion. These two volumes?the first works devoted entirely to Kushner to be published in the United States?represent a major step in the canonization of Kushner's "Gay Fantasia on National Themes." Geis and Kruger (both English, Queens Coll., CUNY) have grouped 18 essays?only two of which are...


Performing Democracy : International Perspectives on Urban Community-Based Performance (Theater: Theory/Text/Performance)
Susan Chandler Haedicke (Editor), Tobin Nellhaus (Editor)
0472067605
July 2, 2001
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Book Description
Performing Democracy explores aspects of a developing form of performance that works to change social conditions for marginalized groups or to preserve the traditions and cohesion of the community. The book combines critical analysis with field reports on specific projects and productions to explore the issues that confront community-based performance. The range of topics is impressive, and includes performances in North America, Australia, the Middle East, Bosnia, Taiwan, Korea, England, and the Netherlands. Many articles include production photos.


Players of Shakespeare 6 : Essays in the Performance of Shakespeare's History Plays (Players of Shakespeare)
Robert Smallwood (Editor)
0521840880
August 19, 2004
Hardcover
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Review
'... rich and searching volume ...'. The Times Literary Supplement
'The best efforts in this series are first rate.' Contemporary Review

Book Description
This sixth volume of essays by members of the Royal Shakespeare Company and the National Theatre is the first to focus on a single group of Shakespeare's plays--the eight history plays of the two Lancastrian tetralogies together with King John and the apocryphal Edward III.

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Staging Resistance
Jeanne Colleran
0472066714
Oct 1998
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Book Description
Staging Resistance interrogates political performance in a variety of cultural and national contexts. The book's essays examine work by artists ranging from the Bread and Puppet Theatre to Théatre du Soleil to Athol Fugard to lesser-known grassroots organizations across the globe. The contributors' broad survey of work, as varied as the contexts in which it occurs, indicates that older paradigms for the study of political theater may no longer be viable. As the essays show, a wide variety of theoretical approaches and political assumptions must be actively and self-consciously negotiated in order to make sense of the theater's relevance to the social sphere.


Respect for Acting
Uta Hagen
0025473905
January 1973
Hardcover
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Book Review
In her introduction to Respect for Acting, actress and teacher Uta Hagen talks about a time when she herself had no respect for the art of acting. "I used to accept opinions such as: 'You're just born to be an actor'; 'Actors don't really know what they're doing on stage'; 'Acting is just instinct--it can't be taught.'" But this attitude of "you got it or you don't" is fundamentally one that denigrates the craft, as she points out. Great actors do not perform effortlessly, or merely through learning the appropriate tricks and cheats to manipulate an audience. Great acting is about the difficult fusion of intellect and action--about sincerely and truthfully connecting to the moment, your fellow actors, and the audience--and Hagen's thoughtful and profound book contains a series of observations and exercises to help an actor...

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