Monthly Archives: November 2019

Race, Identity and Performance

Maya Roth, Editor Black Movements: Performance and Cultural Politics By Soyica Diggs Colbert Reviewed by Eleanor Russell Law & Sexuality in Tennessee Williams’s America By Jacqueline O’Connor Reviewed by Susan C. W. Abbotson Stolen Time: Black Fad Performance and the Calypso Craze By Shane Vogel Reviewed by Isaiah Matthew Wooden Staging Family: Domestic Deceptions of Mid-Nineteenth Century American […]

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Rehearsing Bereavement with Laughter: Grief, Humor, and Estrangement Affect in Sarah Ruhl’s Plays of Mourning

by Seokhun Choi The Journal of American Drama and Theatre Volume 32, Number 1 (Fall 2019) ISNN 2376-4236 ©2019 by Martin E. Segal Theatre Center Introduction: Mourning, Estrangement, and Affect According to Elisabeth Kübler-Ross and David Kessler, world-renowned experts on loss and healing, we now live in “a new death-denying, grief-dismissing world” as illness and […]

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Mabou Mines Tries Again: Past, Present, and the Purgatory of Performance Space

by Jessica Brater The Journal of American Drama and Theatre Volume 32, Number 1 (Fall 2019) ISNN 2376-4236 ©2019 by Martin E. Segal Theatre Center The American avant-garde company Mabou Mines inaugurated its refurbished theater in the East Village’s 122 Community Center by conjuring performers who are trapped on stage. Glass Guignol: The Brother and […]

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Books Received

If you would like to write a review for JADT, please contact our current book review editor Maya Roth at mer46@georgetown.edu. If you know of a book that would be suitable for review in JADT, please arrange for a copy to be mailed to the Editors, JADT/Martin E. Segal Theatre Center, CUNY Graduate Center, 365 […]

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Black Movements: Performance and Cultural Politics

Black Movements: Performance and Cultural Politics. Soyica Diggs Colbert. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 2017; Pp. 232. In Black Movements: Performance and Cultural Politics, Soyica Diggs Colbert explores how post-Civil Rights Movement cultural products and performances of blackness re-map black ontologies and histories. In an extraordinary display of interdisciplinary rigor, Diggs Colbert describes—to name […]

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Stolen Time: Black Fad Performance and the Calypso Craze

Stolen Time: Black Fad Performance and the Calypso Craze. Shane Vogel. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2018; Pp. 254 + xi. A trip backstage at the Imperial Theatre in late fall 1957 promised brushes with a number of black performers who would help radically transform the cultural and racial logics of the United States. In […]

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Worldmaking: Race, Performance, and the Work of Creativity

Worldmaking: Race, Performance, and the Work of Creativity. Dorinne Kondo. Durham: Duke University Press, 2018; Pp. 376. Using dramaturgy, autoethnography, psychoanalysis, and critical race theory, Dorinne Kondo argues that performance shapes race in Worldmaking: Race, Performance, and the Work of Creativity. She stakes a claim to creativity as work that can imagine new ways of […]

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Law and Sexuality in Tennessee Williams’s America

Law and Sexuality in Tennessee Williams’s America. Jacqueline O’Connor. Lanham, MD: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2016; Pp. 215 + xii. Taking a new historicist approach, Jacqueline O’Connor’s Law and Sexuality examines Tennessee Williams’s representations of sexual transgression in his drama and fiction as connected to issues of legality and social responses toward what was considered deviant. […]

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Staging Family: Domestic Deceptions of Mid-Nineteenth Century American Actresses

Staging Family: Domestic Deceptions of Mid-Nineteenth Century American Actresses. Nan Mullenneaux. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2018; Pp. 400. In Staging Family: Domestic Deceptions of Mid-Nineteenth Century American Actresses, Nan Mullenneaux looks at significant figures of American theatre in a new way. From actresses active on the US stage in the mid-nineteenth century, she has […]

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Excavating American Theatrical History: Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’s Neighbors, Appropriate, and An Octoroon

by Verna A. Foster The Journal of American Drama and Theatre Volume 32, Number 1 (Fall 2019) ISNN 2376-4236 ©2019 by Martin E. Segal Theatre Center In creating his plays Branden Jacobs-Jenkins has repeatedly chosen to rewrite, adapt, or otherwise appropriate earlier theatrical styles or dramatic texts. Three of his plays, in particular, Neighbors, Appropriate, […]

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