Monthly Archives: November 2018

Bodies and Playwrights

Donatella Galella, Editor Building Character: The Art and Science of Casting By Amy Cook Reviewed by Ariel Nereson Latinx Theater in the Times of Neoliberalism By Patricia A. Ybarra Reviewed by Trevor Boffone The Late Work of Sam Shepard By Shannon Blake Skelton Reviewed by Carol Westcamp Disability Theatre and Modern Drama: Recasting Modernism By […]

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Books Received

If you would like to write a review for JADT, please contact our current book review editor Donatella Galella at galella@ucr.edu. If you know of a book that would be suitable for review in JADT, please mail a copy to the Editors, JADT/Martin E. Segal Theatre Center, CUNY Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Avenue, New York, […]

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Disability Theatre and Modern Drama: Recasting Modernism

Disability Theatre and Modern Drama: Recasting Modernism. Kirsty Johnston. London: Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2016; Pp. 240. Kirsty Johnson’s Disability Theatre and Modern Drama: Recasting Modernism is an invaluable resource. Having previously written Stage Turns: Canadian Disability Theatre, Johnston offers in her latest book an impressive range of approaches to disability theatre scholarship. Beginning with disability […]

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The Late Work of Sam Shepard

The Late Work of Sam Shepard. Shannon Blake Skelton. New York: Bloomsbury, 2016; Pp. 256. The Late Work of Sam Shepard, by Shannon Blake Skelton, brings necessary attention to the later phase of Sam Shepard’s works, including his short prose, plays, acting performances, and screenplays. Previously published scholarship has tended to focus on Shepard’s most […]

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Latinx Theater in the Times of Neoliberalism

Latinx Theater in the Times of Neoliberalism. Patricia A. Ybarra. Evanston: Northwestern University Press, 2018; Pp. 247. Patricia Ybarra’s Latinx Theater in the Times of Neoliberalism rightly notes that the emergence of Latinx theatre in the 1960s and 70s paralleled the rise of neoliberalism in the Americas. From the beginnings of El Teatro Campesino’s and […]

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Building Character: The Art and Science of Casting

Building Character: The Art and Science of Casting. Amy Cook. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press; Pp. 198. Amy Cook’s Building Character: The Art and Science of Casting argues that casting, as artistic practice and necessary strategy for everyday life, is a performative act related to human cognitive tendencies to organize a large number of […]

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Edward Albee’s Sadomasochistic Ludonarratology in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

by Tison Pugh The Journal of American Drama and Theatre Volume 31, Number 1 (Fall 2018) ISNN 2376-4236 ©2018 by Martin E. Segal Theatre Center A relatively new term in the critical lexicon, ludonarratology theorizes the intersection of games and narrative structures in a particularly apt formulation for the theatrical world. Of the intersection of […]

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Are We “Citizens”? Tony Kushner’s Deweyan Democratic Vision in Angels in America

by Courtney Ferriter The Journal of American Drama and Theatre Volume 31, Number 1 (Fall 2018) ISNN 2376-4236 ©2018 by Martin E. Segal Theatre Center In his recent book Democracy in Black (2016), Eddie S. Glaude, Jr. argues that for Americans, “collective forgetting is crucial in determining the kind of story we tell ourselves. Ours […]

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Pageants and Patriots: Jewish Spectacles as Performances of Belonging

by Rachel Merrill Moss and Gary Alan Fine The Journal of American Drama and Theatre Volume 31, Number 1 (Fall 2018) ISNN 2376-4236 ©2018 by Martin E. Segal Theatre Center The night before Independence Day in 1933, something unprecedented occurred.[1] As part of Chicago’s Century of Progress Exposition, “Jewish Day” was celebrated, culminating in a […]

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“Anyway, the Whole Point of This Was to Make You Feel Something”: Branden Jacobs-Jenkins and the Reconstruction of Melodrama

by Rosa Schneider The Journal of American Drama and Theatre Volume 31, Number 1 (Fall 2018) ISNN 2376-4236 ©2018 by Martin E. Segal Theatre Center A hush falls over the previously raucous crowd as the image projected across the wall of Theatre for a New Audience and onto the bodies of the actors on stage […]

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