A Formalist Theatre

9780812213348: Paperback
Release Date: 1st June 1990

Dimensions: 152 x 229

Number of Pages: 178

University of Pennsylvania Press, Inc.

A Formalist Theatre

Paperback / £20.99

Michael Kirby presents a penetrating look a theater theory and analysis. His approach is analytically comprehensive and flexible, and nonevaluative. Case studies demonstrate this unique approach and record performances that otherwise would be lost.

PART ONE: FORMALIST ANALYSIS
Chapter one. Acting and Not-acting
Chapter two. The Structure of Performance
Chapter three. Referential and Nonreferential Theatre
Chapter four. Style as Perceptual State

PART TWO: THE SOCIAL CONTEXT
Chapter five. The Critical Screen
Chapter six. The Question of Efficacy
Chapter seven. Avant-garde Theatre

PART THREE: STRUCTURALIST THEATRE
Chapter eight. The Structuralist Workshop
Chapter nine. Three Structuralist Performances
Chapter ten. Structuralist Film

Index

Michael Kirby (1931-1997) was Professor of Drama at New York University. He wrote several groundbreaking books and was editor of The Drama Review from 1969 to 1986.

"This book is theoretical, analytical, argumentative, cagey, forthcoming, opinionated, aggravating, stimulating, and provocative. . . . . Should be read by critics of every persuasion and by teachers and artists in all the performing arts."—Choice