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  • “What Story is That Painted Vpon the Cloth?”: Some Descriptions of
           Hangings and Their Use on the Early Modern Stage
    • Abstract: There are many references to curtains in the dialogue and stage directions of early modern play texts. The terms used, “curtain”, “arras”, “hangings” and “traverse”, were largely interchangeable in the stage directions, and for the most part they refer to a curtain (or pair of curtains) capable of being drawn back along a supporting rail.2 Their principal location was the central opening in the tiring-house façade where their function was to permit ceremonial entrances and exits and the carrying in and out of large properties, as well as providing both a place of concealment and a “discovery” space.3We only rarely learn anything about the colour or design of these curtains, and there is little indication about the ... Read More
      Keywords: Theaters; Wilde, Oscar,; Theater; Whistler, James McNeill,; Dramatic music; English literature
      PubDate: 2016-11-15T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Wilde, Whistler and Staging “Art for Art’s Sake”
    • Abstract: The new comedy [The Colonel] is the result of an inevitable reaction. We have seen it coming in the inimitable and trenchant caricatures in Punch; it was foreshadowed lamely and impotently in a recent Criterion comedy; it is promised in the forthcoming Gilbert and Sullivan opera. But Mr Burnand is first in the field with a satire that is at once deliberate and good-natured, and the strongest circumstance connected with the success of the experiment is that the author’s point is apparently as much appreciated by pit and gallery as it is in the stalls and boxes.Walter Hamilton observed, in the History of the Aesthetic Movement (1882), that nobody had heard of the aesthetes until they were made the target of “our ... Read More
      Keywords: Theaters; Wilde, Oscar,; Theater; Whistler, James McNeill,; Dramatic music; English literature
      PubDate: 2016-11-15T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • The Cambridge Companion to Theatre History ed. by David Wiles and
           Christine Dymkowski (review)
    • Abstract: In many ways this thought-provoking collection of essays circles around a series of arguments and questions that are by now very familiar to theatre historians. These include the need to account more for our process, question our content, and interrogate the inherited and – to a large extent – persistent narrowness of our scholarly activity, both in terms of time, location and approach. What distinguishes this collection, however, is the new ways these issues are brought together and worked through within a series of largely original, interesting and occasionally provocative case studies. The energy of David Wiles’s opening chapter (3-6) frames and drives the collection, and the active voices of historians-at-work ... Read More
      Keywords: Theaters; Wilde, Oscar,; Theater; Whistler, James McNeill,; Dramatic music; English literature
      PubDate: 2016-11-15T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Variety at Night is Good for You by J.O. Blake (review)
    • Abstract: The authorship of Variety at Night is Good for You is credited to J.O. Blake, but in truth it is a labour of love for all the music hall enthusiasts who have contributed to it, and in particular to Nicholas Charlesworth who modestly credits himself on the cover with only the illustrations. Blake, who edited the British Music Hall Society’s magazine the Call Boy for twenty years, started working on the book in 1995, providing text to accompany Charlesworth’s elegant line drawings of variety theatres. However, since Blake died the following year, we can only assume that much of the credit for this enormous and richly-illustrated book is due to Charlesworth, who has brought in numerous contributors to help with the ... Read More
      Keywords: Theaters; Wilde, Oscar,; Theater; Whistler, James McNeill,; Dramatic music; English literature
      PubDate: 2016-11-15T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Music for the Melodramatic Theatre in Nineteenth-Century London and New
           York by Michael V. Pisani (review)
    • Abstract: Michael Pisani accomplishes many things in this study. Most notably he explains a new eighteenth-century genre, the musico-dramatic form, and details its evolution in popular drama by adding fresh information about how music functioned as a part of the total mise en scène of the melodramatic theatre. After twenty years of research, Pisani has produced a highly enjoyable, comprehensive and astute book that illuminates the relationship between playwright, actor, and musician on the nineteenth-century stages of London and New York.Pisani’s work is presented in three parts which are divided chronologically: “Forging a New Musico-Dramatic Genre”, “Propagating the Popular Drama”, and “Transforming the Popular Drama”. The ... Read More
      Keywords: Theaters; Wilde, Oscar,; Theater; Whistler, James McNeill,; Dramatic music; English literature
      PubDate: 2016-11-15T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • A State of Play: British Politics on Screen, Stage and Page, from Anthony
           Trollope to ‘The Thick of It’ by Steven Fielding (review)
    • Abstract: In the opening sentence of this book, the first line of the acknowledgements, the author indicates its ambition: “A State of Play has taken far longer to complete than I anticipated, partly because in my ignorance I did not appreciate how many relevant works of fiction there were”. The sheer volume of candidates for inclusion is also the book’s main problem, although I am not sure how far Fielding is aware of it. A State of Play (and this title is used for two other books I know of) discusses a selection of plays, films, television programmes and novels that represent politics from the late-nineteenth century to about 2011 (a span given in the book’s sub-title). The periodisation is not precise, and seems to ... Read More
      Keywords: Theaters; Wilde, Oscar,; Theater; Whistler, James McNeill,; Dramatic music; English literature
      PubDate: 2016-11-15T00:00:00-05:00
       
 
 
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