Comparative Drama

Journal for comparative and interdisciplinary study of drama.

Articles from Vol. 49, No. 1, Spring

Andrew Gurr and Farah Karim-Copper, Eds. Moving Shakespeare Indoors: Performance and Repertoire in the Jacobean Playhouse
Andrew Gurr and Farah Karim-Copper, eds. Moving Shakespeare Indoors: Performance and Repertoire in the Jacobean Playhouse. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2014. Pp. xiii + 284 + 20 color illus. + 16 b/w illus. $95.00. Moving Shakespeare Indoors:...
Brothers and "Gentles" in the Life of King Henry the Fifth
Forms of the word "brother" echo throughout Shakespeare's The Life of King Henry the Fifth (1599), from the scenes involving the brotherhood of thieves, Pistol, Bardolph, and Nim (e.g. 2.1.10, 98; 3.2.41; 3.6.48) to the one at play's end where King...
Delia Mendez Montesinos. the Ingenious Simpleton: Upending Imposed Ideologies through Brief Comic Theatre
Delia Mendez Montesinos. The Ingenious Simpleton: Upending Imposed Ideologies through Brief Comic Theatre. Lanham, MD: University Press of America, 2014. Pp. xvi + 146. $29.99. In The Ingenious Simpleton, Delia Mendez Montesinos analyzes the subversive...
Heather Hirschfeld. the End of Satisfaction: Drama and Repentance in the Age of Shakespeare
Heather Hirschfeld. The End of Satisfaction: Drama and Repentance in the Age of Shakespeare. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2014. Pp. xi + 239. $55.00. In The End of Satisfaction: Drama and Repentance in the Age of Shakespeare, Heather Hirschfeld...
Jacqueline O'Connor. Documentary Trial Plays in Contemporary American Theater
Jacqueline O'Connor. Documentary Trial Plays in Contemporary American Theater. Theater in the Americas. Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 2013. Pp. xi + 225. $40.00. Documentary Trial Plays in Contemporary American Theater constitutes...
Jim Davis, Ed.: European Theatre Performance Practice, 1750-1900
Jim Davis, ed. European Theatre Performance Practice, 1750-1900. Farnham: Ashgate, 2014. Pp. xxiii + 514. $300.00. The primary text, as listed on the publisher's website, includes: Introduction. Part I Acting and Performance: Nature to advantage...
Moscow, Saint Petersburg, London: Hubert Griffith and the Search for a Russian Truth
Censoring the Revolution Hubert Griffith's play Red Sunday premiered at the Arts Theatre, London in June 1929 under the direction of Russian emigre Theodor Komisarjevsky. (1) Subsequently, Griffith submitted the play to the Lord Chamberlain with...
Nadine Holdsworth and Geoff Willcocks, Eds.: European Theatre Performance Practice, 1900 to the Present
Nadine Holdsworth and Geoff Willcocks, eds. European Theatre Performance Practice, 1900 to the Present. Farnham: Ashgate, 2014. Pp. xxiv + 546. $300.00. The primary text, as listed on the publishers website, includes: When acting is an art, Constantin...
Philip Butterworth and Katie Normington, Eds.: European Theatre Performance Practice, 1400-1580
Philip Butterworth and Katie Normington, eds. European Theatre Performance Practice, 1400-1580. Farnham: Ashgate, 2014. Pp. xxvi + 551. $300.00. The primary text, as listed on the publisher's website, includes: Introduction; Part I Records: St John's...
Roger Clegg and Lucie Skeaping. Singing Simpkin and Other Bawdy Jigs: Musical Comedy on the Shakespearean Stage; Scripts, Music and Context
Roger Clegg and Lucie Skeaping. Singing Simpkin and Other Bawdy Jigs: Musical Comedy on the Shakespearean Stage; Scripts, Music and Context. Exeter: University of Exeter Press, 2014. Pp. xii + 339. $55.00. Roger Clegg and Lucie Skeaping's Singing...
Tamara Atkin. the Drama of Reform: Theology and Theatricality, 1461-1553
Tamara Atkin. The Drama of Reform: Theology and Theatricality, 1461-1553. Turnhout, Belgium: Brepols, 2013. Pp. x + 195. 23.70 [euro]. Tamara Atkin's book opens with a quote from the Histrio-Mastix (1633) by the anti-theatrical writer William Prynne,...
The Tragicomic Moment: Republicanism in Beaumont and Fletcher's Philaster
Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher inaugurated their collaboration on a series of popular tragicomedies with their play, Philaster, Or Love Lies a-Bleeding, a success soon followed by A King and No King. (1) While their tragicomedies were remarkably...
Tony Jason Stafford. Shaw's Settings: Gardens and Libraries
Tony Jason Stafford. Shaw's Settings: Gardens and Libraries. Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2013. Pp. xii + 169. $74.95. Matthew Yde. Bernard Shaw and Totalitarianism: Longing for Utopia. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013. Pp. x + 247....
Vondel's Brothers and the Power of Imagination
On April 18, 1641, Joost van den Vondel's Brothers (Gebroeders) premiered in the new Amsterdam playhouse. It immediately enjoyed great success, being performed more than annually for decades. (1) Inspired by the second book of Samuel, it starts with...
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