The Ivan R. Dee guide to plays and playwrights /
Trevor R. Griffiths.
Chicago : I.R. Dee, 2003.
viii, 424 p. : ill.
1566635667 (alk. paper)
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Chicago : I.R. Dee, 2003.
1566635667 (alk. paper)
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Includes index.
Originally published: The theatre guide. 3rd ed. London : A & C Black, 2003.
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Appeared in Choice on 2004-10-01:
Griffiths' guide, "a reference tool for producers, directors, actors and teachers," contains biographical sketches and critical commentary about more than 550 playwrights and their plays. Griffiths emphasizes the writers rather than their works and includes only those likely to be produced nowadays. Each entry is cross-indexed so researchers can easily find works that treat similar subjects. Though it includes works by international and American playwrights, the guide is inherently British; all the photos show British productions. The previous two editions were published only in England, which may explain its bias. Griffiths (theatre studies, London Metropolitan Univ.) has written numerous plays and books on theater, including A Guide to Greek Theater and Drama (with Kenneth McLeish, 2003) and Longman Guide to Shakespeare Quotations (with Trevor Joscelyne, 1985), and is assuredly an expert. Although the entries lack the depth of Carl Rollyson's Notable Playwrights (3v., 2004- ), Griffiths' work is a concise, readable introduction to present-day dramatists. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. General and academic collections. C. Cox Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Appeared in Library Journal on 2004-03-15:
Published as The Theatre Guide in Great Britain last year, this respected reference on playwrights and plays is finally making its American debut; it provides something that similar guides often omit: scribes, however obscure, who are being published and produced today. Griffiths (theater studies, London Metropolitan Univ.; Stagecraft: The Complete Guide to Theatrical Practice) includes more than 500 entries, each with a brief biographical sketch and a list of plays, plus discussions of selected plays by major playwrights. His key criterion for inclusion is that "at least some of the work of the writers should have been published" in book or video form. Readers will find big names like George Abbott, Aeschylus, and Edward Albee as well as newcomers like Welsh dramatist Gary Owen and Briton Amanda Whittington. While heavily weighted toward British, Irish, and American playwrights, this work also includes representatives from throughout Europe, Africa, the Caribbean, and South America. It is an eclectic group, encompassing such writers as contemporary Norwegian Jon Fosse, described as "widely staged across Europe but little seen in Britain as yet," and Trinadadian-born Mustapha Matura, who after settling in England in the 1960s became one of that country's major black dramatists. Particularly useful is the cross referencing to other plays or authors who have "tackled similar topics, share similar interest or offer marked contrasts to the ones you started from," making this work useful as much for a thematic exploration of drama as a quick biographical reference. Including an extensive index, this is an important resource for directors and producers and is highly recommended for theater and drama collections.-Laura A. Ewald, Murray State Univ. Lib., KY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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Library Journal, March 2004
Reference & Research Book News, August 2004
Choice, October 2004
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