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Title:
American theatre : a chronicle of comedy and drama, 1914-1930
Author:
Bordman, Gerald Martin.
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Publication Information:
New York : Oxford University Press, [1995]

©1995
Physical Description:
446 pages ; 25 cm
General Note:
Includes indexes.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780195090789
Format :
Book

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Central Library PN2266.3 .B67 1995 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Non circulating
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Summary

Summary

The American Theatre series discusses every Broadway production chronologically--show by show and season by season. It offers plot summaries, production details, names of leading actors and actresses--the roles they played, as well as any special or unusual aspects of individual shows. Thissecond volume in the series, covers what is probably the richest period in American theater, the years 1914 through 1930. Bordman includes most of Eugene O'Neill's work, along with playwrights as diverse as Elmer Rice and George Kaufman. Among the era's stars one finds John and Ethel Barrymore,Helen Hayes, Katherine Cornell, and Lynn Fontaine and Alfred Lunt. Considering the sheer number of productions, American theater climbed to its all-time high in the 1920s; by mid-decade, nearly 300 new plays appeared on Broadway each year. America saw more theatrical activity--in every sense of theword-- than any time before or since.


Author Notes

Gerald Bordman is the author of many books, including American Musical Theatre: A Chronicle, Jerome Kern: His Life and Music, and Days to be Happy, Years to be Sad: The Life and Music of Vincent Youmans.


Reviews 2

Library Journal Review

This essential reference work for theater students and scholars is comprised of a season-by-season chronicle of the golden age of American theater. Densely printed in double columns with bold-faced play titles and names of figures, the text doggedly traces every New York production with details of plot, critical reaction, and performance history. From World War I through the Depression, the foundation of American theater as we now know it was laid. O'Neill, Rice, Belasco, Shaw, LaGallienne, the Lunts, and hundreds of others, known and unknown, take their place in the story. What is especially pleasing about this book is not only its amazing cornucopia of information, but its easy readability. And while there are no pictures, the detailed index makes it easy to trace plays and people in their context. For all theater collections.‘Thomas E. Luddy, Salem State Coll., Mass. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Choice Review

This lively, informal history of theater, 1914-30, includes productions in major New York theaters. Bordman proceeds chronologically by the date of the first New York staging and discusses each production. He provides critical insights and points of interest that vary from play to play, but he generally includes a brief plot summary and the names of major characters and actors performing those roles. Bordman usually covers both the commercial success and critical reception of each production. Although this is a valuable reference work, reflecting an exhaustive knowledge of the theater, the vivid prose and memorable images also make it a joy to read. The reference value is enhanced by indexes to play titles, people, sources, and organizations. The previous volume of this series (CH, Sep'94) covers 1869-1914. Future volumes will cover 1930-69 and the Colonial and pre-Civil War era. Recommended for reference collections in large public and academic libraries. M. M. Vass; University of Kentucky


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