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The Oxford companion to Canadian theatre /
edited by Eugene Benson and L.W. Conolly.
imprint
Toronto ; New York : Oxford University Press, c1989.
description
xviii, 662 p. : ill., ports. ; 24 cm.
ISBN
0195406729 :
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imprint
Toronto ; New York : Oxford University Press, c1989.
isbn
0195406729 :
general note
Includes index.
catalogue key
1357773
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Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 1990-07:
Bravi to all who participated in these productions. To those south of the border for whom Canadian theater means little more than Stratford, The Oxford Companion to Canadian Theatre offers abundant instruction and delight in 703 signed articles on "genres, major subjects, theatres and theatre companies, biography and criticism (of dramatists, actors, directors, designers) and {50} major plays." Superior in scope to Gerald Bordman's Oxford Companion to American Theatre (CH, Feb'85), it is truly oriented to theater rather than dramatic literature, with some dozens of articles: "Acting," "Collective Creation," "Education and Training," "Feminist Theatre," "Multicultural Theatre," "Professional Organizations," etc.; a 26,000-word general history of anglophone and francophone drama; and articles about theater in each of the provinces. The introduction clearly states editorial policy; the prose is efficient; and most entries offer analysis and judgment as well as "the facts." Unlike other "Oxford Companions," this one has both illustrations and a welcome index to the thousands of names and titles that do not have their own entries. The editors have tried to make the entries current through 1988; lists of recent monographs and journal articles accompany many entries, and abundant cross-references connect them. One might wish for a general bibliography. Recommended for libraries supporting programs in Canadian studies, world literature, or drama and theater history. Hilary Russell, one of the contributors to The Oxford Companion to Canadian Theatre, has also written a highly informative work about Toronto's recently restored Elgin and Winter Garden theaters. In addition to documenting the building's history and the restoration project itself, the beautifully and profusely illustrated Double Take sets this 1913 Loew's building, one of the last double-deck theaters in existence, in the architectural and commercial context of 20th-century popular theater. A very satisfying volume for the theater historian, preservationist, or sightseer. -R. H. Kieft, Haverford College
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"To those south of the border for whom Canadian theater means little more than Stratford, The Oxford Companion to Canadian Theatre offers abundant instruction and delight in 703 signed articles....Recommended for libraries supporting programs in Canadian studies, world literature, or drama and theater history."--Choice
"To those south of the border for whom Canadian theater means little more than Stratford,The Oxford Companion to Canadian Theatreoffers abundant instruction and delight in 703 signed articles....Recommended for libraries supporting programs in Canadian studies, world literature, or drama and theater history."--Choice
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Summaries
Long Description
The past twenty years have seen an extraordinary and exciting growth in Canadian theater. Today, 200 professional theater companies span the country and more than 10,000 published plays appear in bibliographies. The Oxford Companion to Canadian Theatre is the first reference book to document the growth and development of Canadian drama and theater in English and French--from its beginnings to the present day. The book offers 680 entries written by 155 contributors that provide biographies of actors, playwrights, directors, and designers; major theaters, including 19th-century theaters, and companies; major plays; and numerous miscellaneous subjects such as collective theater, design, directing, ethnic theater, musical theater, radio and television drama, and local theater. The result of almost four years' research, this authoritative reference offers a wealth of fascinating and important information, as well as over 200 beautiful illustrations.
Main Description
In the past twenty-five years there has been an extraordinary growth in Canadian theatre. Today more than 200 professional theatre companies span the country, and Canadian plays are produced around the world. The Oxford Companion to Canadian Theatre is the first reference book to document the growth and development of Canadian drama and theatre-in English and French-from the ritual ceremonies of its native people to the present day. The result of almost four years' work, which was conducted with the assistance of an advisory board drawn from various regions of the country, the Companion is a definitive reference book that offers a mine of fascinating information for all readers interested in theatre. There are 184 illustrations and a comprehensive index that provides easy reference to the details of Canadian theatre. This Companion will be the cornerstone of its history for a long time to come.
Main Description
The Canadian theatre has seen an extraordinary growth in writing talent and new professional companies in the last two decades. This is the first book accurately to chart its expansion and development from the beginnings to the present day. With some 680 entries including biographies of actors, playwrights, directors, and designers and details of major plays, and such diverse subjects as theatres and companies, collective theatre, ethnic theatre, musical theatre, and radio and television drama, this is a unique and definitivereference work, offering a mine of fascinating information to all readers interested in the theatre.

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