Restoration and 18th Century Theatre Research

Articles from Vol. 21, No. 2, Winter

1001
1001 by Jason Grote and the Denver Center Theatre Company, directed by Ethan McSweeny.January 20071001's premiere was received with enough enthusiasm that this eccentric, fitfully amusing, but ultimately pointless pastiche of A Thousand and One Nights...
A Dialogue with a Dandy
In order to further understand Danny Scheie the actor, to see if he were truly as excessively vain and in love with himself as his character is, I met with him one glorious afternoon in March at Balboa Park between his matinee and evening performances...
A Gotham Election: Women and Performance Politics
In 1715 the first play depicting electioneering and an election campaign almost made it to the British stage, and in the preface its author imagined the attendance of the newly installed George I, as well as the popular interest that a performance would...
Restoration Comedy
Restoration Comedy by Amy Freed, Old Globe Theatre, San Diego, CAMarch 3 - April 8, 2007Restoration Comedy RestoredRestoration Comedy, known for its sex, style, and wit, was understandably a favorite genre for revival in the Swinging Sixties, and Plays...
"Rouse Up Your Self, and Bear You like a Man": Masculine Anxiety and the Body in Delariviere Manley's the Royal Mischief
On the surface, Delariviere Manley's heroic tragedy The Royal Mischief (1696)-a tale about a young, beautiful woman married to an old, impotent prince-imparts to an audience a warning about the destructive nature of the passionate, aggressive female...
Science on Stage: From Doctor Faustus to Copenhagen
Kirsten Shepherd-Barr. Science on Stage: Front Doctor Faustus to Copenhagen, Princeton: Princeton UP, 2006. 271 pp. ISBN 0691121508. $32.95.Billed as the "first full-length study of the phenomenon of 'science plays'-theatrical events that weave scientific...
The Passionate Word: Temporality and Rhetoric in All for Love
I. Cicero, the Orator or, Language and its UsesFrom the epigraph of All for Love we can intuit the play's central concern, the conflict between language and the context of its deployment: "Facile est verbum aliquod ardens, ut ita dicam, notare idque...
The Story of Mustapha in History and Drama, 1588-1739
Scholars of the Restoration and eighteenth century have long recognized the influence of the Oriental on English culture of the time. Only recently, however, have they demonstrated the extent to which writers utilized the stories, characters, and themes...
When Sultan Becomes Rapist: The Politics of Rape in Orientalist Tragedy
I. "O violated Honour! Ruine, Despair, and Death's my Lot" (Morena in Mary Pix's Ibrahim, The Thirteenth Emperour of the Turks)1When Mary Pix depicted the rape of her female heroine, Morena, in Ibrahim, The Thirteenth Emperour of the Turks (1696), she...
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