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ISBN-13: 978-0205734610 ISBN-10: 0205734618 Edition: 8th

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 408 pages
  • Publisher: Pearson; 8 edition (January 27, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0205734618
  • ISBN-13: 978-0205734610
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #499,125 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Why Do You Need this New Edition?

 

This eighth edition is significantly revised and has new features not found in the seventh edition of The Enjoyment of Theatre:

 

  • Full, run-of-the-book color. For the first time, The Enjoyment of Theatre features color throughout. You will find that the added color will hold your interest and call attention to important concepts. Pictures of theatre productions now fully reveal the director and designers’ intent.
  • Thanks to a revolutionary publishing process, this popular text is now priced below the previous black-and-white edition and most theatre texts on the market today.
  • Over 25 new Spotlights. Throughout the twenty-one chapters you will discover a new feature called Spotlights in which key questions of theatre’s art and history, aswell as the contributions of significant individuals, are explored in greater detail.
  • A new chapter on US theatre since 2000. This edition adds a new chapter on American theatre since the millennium, complete with telling visuals to help you understand today’s theatre.
  • Significant revisions and additions to chapters. One-third of the chapters have been revised, reorganized, or rewritten for clarity to aid you to understand theatre art and history.
  • Updating. Examples have been updated throughout and new information added to make sure you get the most current view of theatre throughout the world.
  • New Illustrations. More than one-third of the illustrations are new to this edition, including those of Broadway productions and regional theatres throughout America. Included too are productions from college and university theatres to give you an understanding of what schools like yours are producing. This edition also builds on proven features from past editions. The

Enjoyment of Theatre's balanced coverage of performance and history provides a comprehensive and accessible introduction to theatre. This text covers the full span of theatre's 2,500-year history, establishes the aesthetic underpinnings of theatre art, as well as performance/production topics such as playwriting, acting, directing, and the theatre industry. The

authors make theatre come alive by showing you how theatre is relevant to your everyday life. You are told at the bFeginning of each chapter, under Objectives, what you should take away from that chapter. At the conclusion of each chapter there is a list of Key Terms to alert you to significant, and probably testable, concepts. The glossary includes all key terms with notation to the page in which the term first appears.

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By Ashley Jackson on June 10, 2013
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Definitely used. Water damage all on the sides and bottom, but it will serve it's purpose for my online class.
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By Christopher Lloyd on December 10, 2013
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very good book i did very well in this class it was a very fun class i don't remember what class this was for
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A great textbook to learn about theater in general and the history that has led up to where it is now
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I seem to have been writing all of my conscious life, although with gaps such as the almost four years I was in the navy, although the last year of those produced a play, PHYSICIAN FOR FOOLS, that was actually staged in the US and Britain; and the eight years I spent teaching in a couple of universities were also barren, again except for a play written in the last of those years (PAPP), also staged in NY and England.

Short fiction has escaped me since I left undergraduate college, as has 'literary' fiction; I've always written genre novels. My favorite is the first, perhaps because it was the first, OUR JO (1972), a comic historical about a 17th-century actor. I wrote some I still like, too, under the pseudonym George Bartram (names of two of my then cats), especially FAIR GAME and THE SUNSET GUN and an odd and obscure send-up of a thriller, YELLOW PERIL. And, of course, the novels I wrote with my sun, Christian Cameron (author of THE TYRANT and WASHINGTON AND CAESAR) under the pseudonym Gordon Kent (the Alan Craik novels).

I've written some non-fiction, and it's a good respite from writing fiction; research keeps one honest. AFRICA ON FILM was a good book, I think, and well received (MLA Award for Independent Scholars).

Now I enjoy writing the Denton mysteries (THE FRIGHTENED MAN, THE BOHEMIAN GIRL, THE SECOND WOMAN, more to come). The mystery novel is a kind of social comedy, a genre that seems to fit me. It would perhaps be better to write social comedy about my own time, not the turn of the twentieth century, but at the moment I'm content with Denton's world. Next year, however....

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