INVITATION TO THE THEATRE by

INVITATION TO THE THEATRE

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A compact and competent run through of the fundamentals of theatre, this is a revised and enlarged edition of the 1938 title, A Handbook of the Drama. A discussion, rather than an arbitrary pronouncement, of the essentials and types of drama -- tragedy, comedy, farce, melodrama, and other classifications-: the structure and techniques of the play -- character, situation, theme, mood: a history of the theatre: a dictionary of play-writing and production terms; an index of titles, names, subjects:- these combine to offer a lively appreciation of fine construction, production and acting. The definitions, examples and illustrations are both historical and contemporary so that its use in dramatic courses and study groups is valuable and illuminating.

Publisher: Harper