This engrossing book presents the first collection in more than three decades of one of Americas finest drama critics. Richard Gilman chronicles a major period in American theater history, one that witnessed the birth or spread of Off-Broadway, regional theater, nonprofit companies, and avant-garde performance, as well as growing interest in plays by women and minorities and in world drama. His writing, however, is more than a revealing look at an era. It is criticism for the ages.Insightful, provocative, and impassioned, the articles represent the full range of Gilmans interests. There are essays, profiles, and book reviews dealing with such topics as the new naturalism in theater, Brechts collected plays, and the legacy of Stanislavski. There is also a generous sampling of Gilmans comments on plays by ONeill, Miller, Chekhov, Albee, Ibsen, Anouilh, Beckett, Ionesco, Pinter, Fugard, and many others.

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