Millennial Stages : Essays and Reviews 2001-2005.
- New Haven : Yale University Press, 2006.
1 online resource (301 pages)
- Theater -- United States.
Theater -- United States -- Reviews.
Drama -- History and criticism.
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- A major figure in the world of theater as critic, playwright, scholar, teacher, director, actor, and producer, Robert Brustein offers a unique perspective on the American stage and its artists. In this wise, witty, and wide-ranging collection of recent writings, Brustein examines crucial issues relating to theater in the post-9/11 years, analyzing specific plays, emerging and established performers, and theatrical production throughout the world. Brustein relates our theater to our society in a manner that reminds us why the performing arts matter. Millennial Stages records Brustein's thinking on the important issues "roiling the national soul" at the start of the twenty-first century. His opening section explores the connections between theater and society, theater and politics, and theater and religion, and it is followed by reviews of such landmark productions as The Producers and Spamalot, Long Day's Journey into Night and King Lear. In his final section, Brustein reflects on people and places of importance in the world of theater today, including Marlon Brando and Arthur Miller and Australia and South Africa.
Part One. Positions and Polemics
No Time for Comedy
The New Relevance
Does Theatre Matter?
Maiming the Messenger
The Rebirth of Political Theatre: The God of Hell
When Dramaturgs Ruled the Earth
Red and Blue States of Mind: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
Part Two. Plays and Productions
Varieties of Histrionic Experience: Medea
The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui
Mind Over Material: The Invention of Love
The Jew Who Buried Hitler: The Producers
The Harrowing of Hell: In the Penal Colony
Angels in Afghanistan: Homebody/Kabul
Goat Song: The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia?
Comedy Is Harder: Private Lives
Prescient Plays: Far Away
Creations: Uncle Vanya and Twelfth Night
Take Me Out
Our Lady of 121st Street
Dysfunctional Families, Dysgenic Dynasties: Salome
Long Day's Journey into Night
Smelly Orthodoxies: A Bad Friend
I Am My Own Wife
Shotover's Apocalypse: Omnium Gatherum
Anna in the Tropics
Palace and Garden: Maria Stuart
House and Garden
The Political Power of Puns: Caroline, or Change
The Beard of Avon
A King and Two Queens: King Lear
Homeboy Godot: Topdog/ Underdog
Pyrotechnics and Ice: Jumpers
The Past Revisited: The Frogs
After the Fall
In the Jungle: Rose Rage
Impersonations: Monty Python's Spamalot
Prosecution Plays: Doubt
The Last Days of Judas Iscariot
Thom Pain (Based on Nothing)
The Light in the Piazza
Theatre of the Mushy Tushy: Le dernier caravansérail (Odyssées)
Lear's Lendings: King Lear
Part Three. People and Places.
Marlon Brando: Contempt for Acting
Requiem for Jan Kott
Pieter-Dirk Uys: The Good Hope of the Cape
Theatre in Australia: The Cultural Cringe
Theatre in South Africa: Fronting
MASS MoCa: A Boom in the Boonies
Hallie Flanagan Davis and the Federal Theatre: Hallie's Comet
Suzan-Lori Parks: Does Race Matter?
Kenneth Tynan and Peter Brook: The Cavalier and the Roundhead
Shakespeare in Bloom: The Two Noble Kinsmen
As You Like It
George S. Kaufman: Keeping Company with Kaufman
Primo Levi: The Saved and the Damned
The Death of Arthur Miller
Richard Gilman: Prisoner on the Aisle
Laurence Olivier and Elia Kazan: The Peer and the Pariah
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