Comic Theaters: Studies in Performance and Audience Response (Paperback)William E. Gruber (author)
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In Comic Theaters, William E. Gruber draws dramatic criticism beyond its traditional emphasis on the play's text toward a theory of theater that more fully incorporates performance. The bare text is clothed in the cultural norms and conceptions of both actor and audience in performance; in the conversion of words into action; in the actor's creation of his role; and in the audience's involvement with the scenes on stage.
Reinterpreting six comedies taken from classical Greek, Renaissance, and modern repertories, Gruber shows how dramatic meaning is derived not from traditional criteria, archetypal motifs, or unchanging affective responses, but from changing concepts of theater and changing configurations of actor and role.
Publisher: University of Georgia Press
Number of pages: 208
Weight: 272 g
Dimensions: 216 x 140 x 12 mm
There can be no doubt that Gruber has admirably, with restraint, modesty, and considerable analytical skill and theatrical sensitivity, proved his principal point: comedy is no monolith, and humor is no unchanging trait or reflection of some eternal human verity.|
Thorough, well-reasoned, and consistently challenging.