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American theater of the 1960s /
Zoltán Szilassy.
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Carbondale : Southern Illinois University Press, c1986.
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xiii, 113 p. ; 23 cm. --
ISBN
0809312271
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Carbondale : Southern Illinois University Press, c1986.
isbn
0809312271
catalogue key
3447525
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 1986-09:
A relaxed and engaging survey of the remarkably creative American theater in the 1960s and a discussion about whether that same spirit and achievement continued through the 1970s. The work is brief. Its main merits are the author's obvious affection and respect for the American achievement, his erudition about international theater, and his unique viewpoint as a Hungarian who is well informed about recent American theater. From that perspective, he offers insights that many Americans fail to see, such as a careful distinction between rebellious drama and intermedia drama, a brief but accurate review of the new performance or antirealistic theater of the 1960s, a careful analysis of Edward Albee's achievements, and why Barrie Stavis may be America's finest living playwright. The coverage is concise but adequate. The book contains endnotes; it is indexed by play title and person but not by topic. Appropriate for high school, college, and public libraries.-L.J. Woodbury, Brigham Young University
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Main Description
From the perspective of a Hungarian scholar who has spent much time in the United States, Zoltan Szilassy seeks through the dramaturgical kaleidoscope of the American l960s to locate what is permanent in some of the varied heritage of the period and to explore the whirlpool of innovations, many of which are nondramatic in origin or character. The book is divided into two parts, "The Rebellious Drama" and "The Intermedia." The three chapters in Part 1 are "Edward Albee: First among Equals," "Varieties of the Albee Genera­tion," and "The Dramaturgical Kalei­doscope of the Sixties." Part 2 contains "Happenings and New Performance Theories," "The Regional Alternative Theater," and "Conclusion, Outlook, and Reminiscences." Surveying the American dramatic scene, Szilassy concludes: The European observer may still "hope that Americans will keep or rather develop the kind of theatrical equilibrium that duly made the sixties unforgettable both at home and abroad."
Main Description
From the perspective of a Hungarian scholar who has spent much time in the United States, Zoltan Szilassy seeks through the dramaturgical kaleidoscope of the American l960s to locate what is permanent in some of the varied heritage of the period and to explore the whirlpool of innovations, many of which are nondramatic in origin or character. The book is divided into two parts, "The Rebellious Drama" and "The Intermedia." The three chapters in Part 1 are "Edward Albee: First among Equals," "Varieties of the Albee Genera tion," and "The Dramaturgical Kalei doscope of the Sixties." Part 2 contains "Happenings and New Performance Theories," "The Regional Alternative Theater," and "Conclusion, Outlook, and Reminiscences." Surveying the American dramatic scene, Szilassy concludes: The European observer may still "hope that Americans will keep or rather develop the kind of theatrical equilibrium that duly made the sixties unforgettable both at home and abroad."
Table of Contents
Crosscurrents/Modern Critiques/Third Seriesp. vii
Preface: How Dare I...?p. ix
The Rebellious Dramap. 9
Edward Albee: First Among Equalsp. 11
Varieties of the Albee Generationp. 24
The Dramaturgical Kaleidoscope Of the Sixtiesp. 45
The Intermediap. 61
Happenings and New Performance Theoriesp. 63
The Regional Alternative Theaterp. 86
Conclusion, Outlook, and Reminiscencesp. 92
Indexp. 107
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