A Primer for Playgoers: An Introduction to the Understanding and Appreciation of Cinema, Stage, Television

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A Theatrical Approach

It is doubtful if ever before in world history, and certainly never in any other single country, so many people could say on a given morning, "I saw a play last night."

In this country the speaker could have been among the one hundred million who sit before a television set from eight to ten o'clock every evening and view one of the seventy-six thousand dramas televised each year; or one of the fifty to seventy million who attend the cinema each week. He may even have witnessed a live stage production in any of the thousands of community or educational theatres--Samuel French has a mailing list of sixty-five thousand amateur producing groups--or one of the one to five hundred (depending on the season of year) touring or stock companies. Or he might have helped make up the audience in one of the twenty-five to fifty on and off-Broadway legitimate theatre productions.

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A Primer for Playgoers: An Introduction to the Understanding and Appreciation of Cinema, Stage, Television
Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page ii
  • Preface vii
  • Contents xi
  • 1 - A Theatrical Approach 1
  • 2 - The Audience and Dramatic Criticism 32
  • 3 - The Play and the Playwright 52
  • 4 - Acting and the Actors 114
  • 5 - The Background and Technicians 146
  • 6 - Direction and the Director 173
  • A Preface to Cinema and Television 201
  • 7 - The Cinema and the Stage 202
  • 8 - Television, the Cinema, and the Stage 220
  • 9 - Summary and Retrospect 242
  • Questions for Discussion 246
  • Glossary of Theatre Terms 251
  • Index 261
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