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Theatre, 9th Edition 9th Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0073382180
ISBN-10: 0073382183
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About the Author

ROBERT COHEN was the founding chair Drama at the University of California at Irvine, where he continues to serve as the department's Claire Trevor Professor of Drama. He has also been a resident acting teacher at the Actors Center in New York, the Shanghai Theatre Academy, the Korean National Arts University, and the national theatre academies of Hungary, Finland, and Estonia. He is an accomplished stage director, scholar, playwright, drama critic, and teacher. A director by training (Doctor of Fine Arts, Yale Drama School), Cohen has staged thirteen professional productions at the Utah and Colorado Shakespeare Festivals, plus well over a hundred productions at Stages Theatre Center (Hollywood), Virginia Museum Theatre (Richmond), Theatre 40 (Beverly Hills), Image Theatre (Boston), Summer Repertory Theatre (Santa Rosa), the Medieval Drama Project (Irvine), the Manhattan Theatre Source, various universities, and several operas, videos and films. In addition to Theatre and Theatre: Brief Edition, he is also the author of many theatre books, including Acting One, Advanced Acting, Acting in Shakespeare, Acting Professionally, Acting Power, More Power to You, Giraudoux: Three Faces of Destiny, Creative Play Direction, and two dramatic anthologies. His essays have appeared in Theatre Journal, Theatre Topics, Theatre Forum, Theatre Survey, Modern Drama, Theater der Zeit, Essays in Theatre, On Stage Studies, The Drama Review, Contemporary Literature, Contemporary Literary Criticism, Slavic and East European Performance, Experiment and Innovation, and Dramatic Theory and Criticism. Cohen’s play, The Prince, published by Dramatic Publishing Company, has been professionally produced in Long Beach, Pittsburgh, Budapest, and in staged readings in New York and Los Angeles; his dramatic translations (The Bourgeois Gentleman, The Misanthrope, Clizia, Tibi’s Law) and opera translations (The Magic Flute, Carmen) have been both produced and published widely. For the past twenty years, Cohen has been the Southern California drama critic for Plays International, reviewing over two hundred plays. In 1999, he received the national Career Achievement award from ATHE - the Association for Theatre in Higher Education.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill; 9th edition (June 16, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0073382183
  • ISBN-13: 978-0073382180
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 0.8 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #264,352 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I've used a couple of versions of Cohen for 8 years in high school classrooms. (IMHO, much of it isn't freshman and sophomore-friendly.) I personally turn to it often, as well. I have nothing but the highest regard for Cohen's work here. He manages to combine general aesthetic issues with historical detail and current theatrical practices. His enthusiasm is palpable. The "digest" versions of selected plays combine meaty chunks of text with synopses and terrific illustrations. This book energetically avoids a textbook-y tone. (Heads up: I have not seen the latest edition.)
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There are so many typos in this text, it makes me wonder if anyone proof-read it.
Aside from that nit-picking, there are also so many flowery ideas and explanations without any citations or quotes from other authorities on the matters at hand. Indeed, the author actually quotes himself in Chapter 3 because he apparently loves himself and thinks himself the meta-authority on the subject of theatre.

That being said, he does discuss professionals in the industry and I enjoyed the playwright chapter which included an interview with Neil LaBute.
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I purchased this book for a college course. I have no complaints about the book. Easy to read. Nice condition. I'm a little annoyed that someone took a permanent black marker and wrote all over the front and back cover of the book and the seller did NOT disclose this information.
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great book for understanding theatre the 7th eddition has just updated pictures than the 6th the chapters are almost identicle except placement of pictuers if you are using it for a class the material is the same dont get the 5th or the brief version if the 7th is required the chapters are in different order but the 6th is pretty much the 7th (except silly picture placement ) have fun with you're clss enjoy
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I enjoy this book. From acting to stage directing to costuming, set designing, producing and production managing, this text lays it all out (briefly, of course).
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This is exactly what I need in a textbook, the author is passionate about the subject and you can completely hear it in his voice. The book arrived very quickly and I got it absurdly cheap here on Amazon, and it is in very good condition.
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Amazon sells this book in the Kindle version in the Kindle store. This format needs work it is not suitable for the Kindle and as a computer download for KindlePC it was awful. We had to return it and rent the book for my daughter. Please work out the bugs as buying textbooks for the Kindle is great.
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It was not the version that they were using in class but I still managed to follow the lessons.
I am happy I didn't spend more for the more recent veraion.
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