When Gerald Bordman'sOxford Companion to American Theatreappeared in 1984, the distinguished actor Jose Ferrer proclaimed, qI'm in awe of the scholarship and research that have gone into the making of this book.qThe Los Angeles Times Book Reviewcalled it qthe almost perfect gift book for both the student and the theatre lover, q whileBack Stagehailed it as qa major reference work [that] provides a wealth of authoritative information.q The book quickly established itself as the standard one-volume resource on the American stage. Now Bordman gives us an abridgement of his massive original volume, eliminating many entries on minor plays and figures but preserving those articles that are of the widest general interest. The major achievements of playwrights Eugene O'Neill, Clifford Odets, Arthur Miller, Edward Albee, and many more are represented in hundreds of biographical sketches and summaries of individual plays. Also here are entries on performers ranging from Edwin Booth to John Barrymore, from Jessica Tandy to James Earl Jones. Extensive coverage is given to that most American of theatrical forms, the musical, and the often neglected achievements of the nineteenth century are also represented. In addition, this volume updates information on contemporary topics and includes a number of new articles. Altogether there are more than 2, 000 entries, accessibly and attractively arranged in the two-column, A-Z format for which the Companion series is famous. Affordable, compact, and eminently qcompanionable, q this work retains those qualities of erudition and entertainment that so distinguished the parent volume and makes them available to a much wider readership.Born in Kansas City, Mo., she made her debut at the age of seven as Puck in A Midsummer Nighta#39;s Dream. She first appeared in ... Woollcott* observed, aquot;Miss Eames brings much to the part a the keen wit, the entire comprehension, the royal quality. It is only as Mary, ... When Brockton learns of Lauraa#39;s feelings, he makes her write to John and test him by revealing the truth. ... East Is West, a comedy in three acts and a prologue by Samuel Shipman* and John B. Hymer. Produced byanbsp;...
|Title||:||The concise Oxford companion to American theatre|
|Author||:||Gerald Martin Bordman|
|Publisher||:||Oxford University Press, USA - 1987|