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The Resource John Barrymore, Shakespearean actor, Michael A. Morrison

John Barrymore, Shakespearean actor, Michael A. Morrison

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John Barrymore, Shakespearean actor
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John Barrymore, Shakespearean actor
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Michael A. Morrison
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Language
eng
Summary
"This book begins with two assumptions: first, that Shakespeare wrote scripts for actors and audiences, not texts for readers; and second, that we can best appreciate how Shakespeare's scripts create dramatic meaning by attempting to visualize their performances in the theatrical settings for which they were originally created, the Theatre and the Globe."--BOOK JACKET. "The shape of the thrust stage, with its spectators arranged on three sides around it, created complex spectator reactions to the performance of the plays. The resulting "multiple perspectives" are often central to the performed meaning of particular scenes in ways that cannot be appreciated in modern proscenium theaters. Rather than arguing for a "unified response" among spectators, as many scholars do, the book argues that when the plays are performed on thrust stages, the audience's reactions are actually seminal to the plays' intended dramatic effects."--BOOK JACKET. "The initial chapter defines Shakespeare's "theatrical energies" by scrutinizing the script of The Taming of the Shrew for clues to its performance and intended reactions. Arguing against feminist and new historicist criticism, which view the play as a social document, Shurgot insists that we examine it as what in fact it is - a play - and the author finds Petruchio's and Kate's theatrical energies leading to a robust and satisfying romantic finale."--BOOK JACKET. "The remaining chapters, beginning with the final scenes in A Midsummer Night's Dream and Love's Labor's Lost, examine Shakespeare's developing mastery of the relationship of stage and audience, multiple perspectives, and possibilities for complex dramatic meanings created by the architecture of the theater."--BOOK JACKET
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Biography type
contains biographical information
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DLC
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1953-
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Morrison, Michael A.
Dewey number
792/.028/092
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
PR3112
LC item number
.M67 1997
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Cambridge studies in American theatre and drama
Series volume
10
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  • Barrymore, John
  • Shakespeare, William
  • Shakespeare, William
  • Shakespeare, William
  • Shakespeare, William
  • Theater
  • Theater
  • Film adaptations
  • Actors
  • Acting
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John Barrymore, Shakespearean actor, Michael A. Morrison
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Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 383-388) and index
Contents
1. Introduction -- 2. From Fiction to Reality: Character and Stagecraft in The Taming of the Shrew -- 3. Inner Plays and Mixed Responses in Love's Labor's Lost and A Midsummer Night's Dream -- 4. Shylock, Antonio, and The Merchant of Venice in Performance -- 5. Falstaff and the Theater of Subversion: The Audience as Thieves in I Henry IV -- 6. Disabling Joy: Dramatic Structure and Audience Response in Twelfth Night -- 7. Seeing and Believing: Audience Perception and the Character of Cressida in Performance -- 8. "Get You a Place": Staging the "Mousetrap" at the Globe Theatre
Control code
36549135
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xvi, 398 p.
Isbn
9780521629799
Lccn
97012183
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
(Sirsi) i9780521620284
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John Barrymore, Shakespearean actor, Michael A. Morrison
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 383-388) and index
Contents
1. Introduction -- 2. From Fiction to Reality: Character and Stagecraft in The Taming of the Shrew -- 3. Inner Plays and Mixed Responses in Love's Labor's Lost and A Midsummer Night's Dream -- 4. Shylock, Antonio, and The Merchant of Venice in Performance -- 5. Falstaff and the Theater of Subversion: The Audience as Thieves in I Henry IV -- 6. Disabling Joy: Dramatic Structure and Audience Response in Twelfth Night -- 7. Seeing and Believing: Audience Perception and the Character of Cressida in Performance -- 8. "Get You a Place": Staging the "Mousetrap" at the Globe Theatre
Control code
36549135
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xvi, 398 p.
Isbn
9780521629799
Lccn
97012183
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
(Sirsi) i9780521620284

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