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Drama for a New South Africa: Seven Plays (Drama and Performance Studies) Paperback – January 22, 2000

ISBN-13: 978-0253213266 ISBN-10: 0253213266 Edition: First Printing
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Post-apartheid theater in South Africa has expanded beyond protest theater to assume a broader voice. The plays in this collection, including one by an Afrikaaner, discuss issues such as ecology, Islamic fundamentalism, and modern multiracial inner-city life. The lengthy introduction by the editor provides an analysis of the various structures of South African drama and shows how they contrast with European-style plays. Graver also includes a glossary of the various languages usedAAfrikaans, Setswana, and isiZuluAalong with Tsotsitaal, an urban gangster slang. Like another collection published this year, Black South African Women: A Collection of Plays (LJ 2/1/99), this is a solid addition to international drama.AJ. Sara Paulk, Coastal Plain Regional Lib., Tifton, GA
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"Graver presents seven plays from the years when apartheid was falling apart. At that time, both the public and playwrights began noticing previously neglected social problems such as the oppression of black women, depicted in the plays in Kathy A. Perkins's anthology Black South African Women (CH, Sep'99). Graver casts his net wider and begins with Junction Avenue Theatre Company's Sophiatown (1988), a play treating one of apartheid's most odious evils, forced relocation. The plays that follow treat such subjects as abuse of women, poaching, and mindless bureaucracy. Particularly moving are Paul Slabolepszy's Mooi Street and Other Moves, about strangers in the big city who lose each other just when they begin to accept each other as fellow humans; Reza De Wert's Crossing, which reminded this reviewer of an Ingmar Bergman movie and is a haunting drama about ordinary people who are trying to bring some semblance of order to a chaotic world, though with mixed results; and Brett Bailey's Ipi Zombi, a powerful portrayal of how fear of witchcraft can overtake a community, overpowering both the victims and the aggressors. Recommended for libraries collecting in theater arts and studies, as well as in African literature and culture." ―B. K. Beynen, Des Moines Area Community College, Choice, June 2000


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