Monthly Archives: December 2021

Performance and the Disney Theme Park Experience: The Tourist as Actor

Performance and the Disney Theme Park Experience: The Tourist as Actor.  Jennifer A. Kokai and Tom Robson, eds. Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan, 2019; Pp. 292. Performance and the Disney Theme Park Experience: The Tourist as Actor brings attention to Disney tourism as a significant site of theatre and performance study, particularly immersive and participatory theatre. […]

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Radical Vision: A Biography of Lorraine Hansberry

Radical Vision: A Biography of Lorraine Hansberry. Soyica Diggs Colbert. New Haven: Yale, 2021; Pp. 273. Soyica Diggs Colbert’s Radical Vision: A Biography of Lorraine Hansberry (2021) adds to the discourse on Black Radical Thought through its examination of the life and art of Lorraine Hansberry. This biography establishes her masterpiece A Raisin in the […]

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Susan Glaspell’s Poetics and Politics of Rebellion

Susan Glaspell’s Poetics and Politics of Rebellion. Emeline Jouve. Iowa City, University of Iowa Press, 2017; Pp. 258. Although she was honored with a Pulitzer Prize for drama and produced a diverse body of work critically esteemed in her time, Susan Glaspell’s dramaturgical innovations and contributions to US theatre have largely been overlooked by theatre […]

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The Risk Theatre Model of Tragedy: Gambling, Drama, and the Unexpected

The Risk Theatre Model of Tragedy: Gambling, Drama, and the Unexpected. Edwin Wong. Victoria, Canada: Friesen Press, 2019; Pp. 363. In 2019, the Langham Court Theatre in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada inaugurated the Risk Theatre Modern Tragedy Competition, awarding top prize ($8,000 Canadian) to In Bloom by Brooklyn-based playwright Gabriel Jason Dean. Selected from 182 […]

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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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Radical Experiments in American Playwriting, Tragedy, and Tourism

Maya Roth, Editor   Radical Vision: A Biography of Lorraine Hansberry By Soyica Diggs Colbert Reviewed by Kristyl D. Tift Susan Glaspell’s Poetics and Politics of Rebellion By Emeline Jouve Reviewed by Jennifer-Scott Mobley The Risk Theatre Model of Tragedy: Gambling, Drama, and the Unexpected By Edwin Wong Reviewed by David Pellegrini Performance and the […]

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“Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells [Her] Story”: An Intersectional Analysis of the Women of Hamilton

by Leticia L.Ridley The Journal of American Drama and Theatre Volume 34, Number 1 (Fall 2021) ISNN 2376-4236 ©2021 by Martin E. Segal Theatre Center   The availability of Lin Manuel-Miranda’s Hamilton (2015) on Disney+, the official streaming site of The Walt Disney Company, has offered musical theatre fans and other interested parties the ability […]

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“A Certain Man Had Two [Kids]”: Tragic Parables, “The Prodigal Son,” and Edward Albee’s The Goat

by Michael Y. Bennett The Journal of American Drama and Theatre Volume 34, Number 1 (Fall 2021) ISNN 2376-4236 ©2021 by Martin E. Segal Theatre Center Edward Albee’s 2002 play, The Goat or, Who is Sylvia? (Notes Toward a Definition of Tragedy), centers around Martin—a very successful, 50-year-old Pritzker Prize-winning architect—and how his family (i.e., […]

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“What Will Be Changed?”: Maxwell Anderson and the Literary Legacy of Sacco and Vanzetti

by Dan Colson The Journal of American Drama and Theatre Volume 34, Number 1 (Fall 2021) ISNN 2376-4236 ©2021 by Martin E. Segal Theatre Center The stage directions for Clifford Odets’s 1935 Awake and Sing! call for a “picture of Sacco and Vanzetti” to be hung in Jacob’s room.[1] The picture signals the play’s investment […]

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Theatre of Isolation

by Madeline Pages The Journal of American Drama and Theatre Volume 34, Number 1 (Fall 2021) ISNN 2376-4236 ©2021 by Martin E. Segal Theatre Center Conceiving of a theatre of isolation presents the performance scholar with a conundrum akin to a tree falling in a secluded forest. As it is so often distinguished by the […]

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