Academic journal article Shakespeare Bulletin

From the Theatre Review Editor

Academic journal article Shakespeare Bulletin

From the Theatre Review Editor

Article excerpt

In this issue, I have instituted some format changes for Shakespeare Bulletin's theatre reviews. Perhaps the most significant change is that reviews are not accompanied by headnotes that list run dates, technical personnel, and cast members; this information, when it is pertinent, is now contained in the text of the review essays themselves. Readers who value the archival function served by Shakespeare Bulletin's headnotes may object to this change, and I would like to say I do not expect that it will be a permanent one. Contributors to this issue were given a new set of editorial guidelines encouraging them to experiment with, and move beyond, the conventions of the theatre review--conventions brilliantly anatomized by Alan Armstrong in his "Romeo and Juliet Academic Theatre Review Kit," which heads this issue's Reviews section. The impetus behind these new guidelines and format is not the desire to discard the conventions of the theatre review simply for the sake of doing so, but rather the desire to reconceive the genre itself: I would like Shakespeare Bulletin theatre reviews to be vividly expressed perspectives on performance rather than meticulously detailed records of performance. This is not, of course, to say that both cannot be achieved simultaneously, only that it might be possible to achieve the former without striving for the latter. …

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