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The Cambridge Guide to American Theatre


  • 75 b/w illus.
  • Page extent: 774 pages
  • Size: 247 x 174 mm
  • Weight: 1.67 kg


 (ISBN-13: 9780521835381)

This new and updated encyclopedic guide, with over 2700 cross-referenced entries, covers all aspects of the American theatre from its earliest history to the present. Entries include people, venues and companies scattered through the USA, plays and musicals, and theatrical phenomena. Additionally, there are some 100 topical entries covering theatre in major US cities and such disparate subjects as Asian American theatre, Chicano theatre, censorship, Filipino American theatre, one-person performances, performance art, and puppetry. Major popular forms are represented in entries such as circus, burlesque, vaudeville, and tent shows. Highly illustrated, the Guide is supplemented with a thorough historical survey as introduction, a bibliography of major sources published since the compilation of the first edition, and a unique and valued biographical index covering over 3200 individuals mentioned in the text. This new edition includes hundreds of new and updated entries, making it the most up-to-date guide to American theatre available.

• This new edition of the Guide contains hundreds of new and updated entries, making it the most up-to-date guide to American theatre available • User-friendly, alphabetical listings with extensive cross references allow readers to move through the guide easily while tracking related topics and entries • Contains a unique biographical index on over 3200 individuals


Preface; Acknowledgements; List of contributors; List of topical entries; Note to the reader; Introduction; Alphabetical entries; Bibliography; Biographical index.


'Scholarly books don't often fall in the 'must have' category. This one does.' American Drama

'A well-produced, carefully planned and researched, and gratifyingly 'user-friendly' book - a splendid contribution to our appreciation of the wealth of what American theatre is and has been.' New Theatre Quarterly

'An impressive repository of information that every student of American drama - and, more broadly, of American culture - will want to own.' Theatre Survey

'…readily accessible to its intended audience: the general reader and scholars and students of American theatre in performance if not as literature. This edition is compact, thoughtfully illustrated and moderately priced. It will prove a useful addition for libraries and humanities collections.' Reference Reviews

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