Academic journal article Comparative Drama

Elizabeth A. Osborne and Christine Woodworth, Eds. Working in the Wings: New Perspectives on Theatre History and Labor

Academic journal article Comparative Drama

Elizabeth A. Osborne and Christine Woodworth, Eds. Working in the Wings: New Perspectives on Theatre History and Labor

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Elizabeth A. Osborne and Christine Woodworth, eds. Working in the Wings: New Perspectives on Theatre History and Labor. Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 2015. Pp. xii + 246. $40.00.

This volume begins with a list of illustrations and table (ix-x), acknowledgments (xi-xii), and an introduction, "The Work of Play in Performance," by the editors (1-20). The primary text includes essays in four parts. Part 1, "Working Conditions," includes: Chrystyna Dail, "Driving Race Work: The UAW, Detroit, and Discrimination for Everybody!" (21-35); Sara Freeman, "Working Together: The Partnership of Les Waters and Annie Smart" (36-51); Tom Robson, "Advertising and the Commercial Spirit: Cataloging Nineteenth-Century Scenic Studio Practices" (52-64); Christine Woodworth: "Don't Quit Your Day Job: Situating Extratheatrical Employment in the Performance Archive" (65-78). Part 2, "Inscription, Erasure, and Recovery: Palimpsests of Labor," includes: Dorothy Chansky, "Retooling the Kitchen Sink: Representing Domestic Labor in American Performance after 1963" (81-94); Max Schulman, "Beaten, Battered, and Brawny: American Variety Entertainers and the Working-Class Body" (95-108); Elizabeth A. …

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