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American theatre : a chronicle of comedy and drama, 1969-2000
Hischak, Thomas S.
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Publication Information:
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2001.
Physical Description:
viii, 504 pages ; 27 cm
General Note:
Continues: G. Bordman's American theatre.

Includes indexes.
Reading Level:
1300 Lexile.
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PN2277.N5 H57 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Non circulating

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Volume Four of the distinguished American Theatre: A Chronicle of Comedy and Drama series offers a thorough, candid, and fascinating look at the theater in New York during the last decades of the twentieth century.

Author Notes

Thomas S. Hischak is at State University of New York, College of Cortland.

Reviews 1

Choice Review

Hischak's latest volume in this classic reference set (three earlier volumes, CH, Sep'94, Mar'96, Jul'97, were by Gerald Bordman) continues the breezy style and comprehensive coverage of previous volumes. The work intends to overview plays opening on Broadway, Off-Broadway, and Off-Off-Broadway. For each play, Hischak provides a brief synopsis, date of opening, name of theater, primary actors, and critical reception. Musicals and magic and puppet shows are excluded. Instead of supplying capsule entries for each play, Hischak writes chapter-length essays for each entire season, trying to summarize its mood, tenor, and character. The chronological arrangement of plays allow him to comment on larger trends in contemporary theater, as issues such as AIDS, Vietnam, and discrimination swell or dwindle. Although clearly most appropriate for reference collections, the book's engaging style and readability may warrant a second copy for circulation. Recommended for all libraries. D. Auchter Ohio State University

Table of Contents

Prefacep. v
American Theatrep. 0
Act One, 1969-1975: Getting through by the Skin of Our Teethp. 1
Act Two, 1975-1984: Everything Old Is New Againp. 91
Act Three, 1984-1994: Playacting during a Plaguep. 237
Act Four, 1994-2000: A Modest Renaissancep. 363
Epiloguep. 461
Titles Indexp. 463
People Indexp. 477