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By Zander Brietzke

Is theater relatively useless? Does the theater, as its champions insist, rather offer a extra intimate event than movie? if that is so, how have adjustments in cinematic strategies and applied sciences altered the connection among level and picture? What are the inherent obstacles of representing three-d areas in a two-dimensional one, and vice versa?


American Drama within the Age of Film examines the strengths and weaknesses of either the dramatic and cinematic arts to confront the traditional arguments within the film-versus-theater debate. utilizing widely recognized diversifications of ten significant performs, Brietzke seeks to spotlight the inherent powers of every medium and draw conclusions not only approximately how they range, yet how they must vary besides. He contrasts either degree and picture productions of, between different works, David Mamet’s Glengarry Glen Ross, Sam Shepard’s True West, Edward Albee’s Who’s petrified of Virginia Woolf, Margaret Edson’s Wit, Tony Kushner’s Angels in America, Tennessee Williams’s Cat on a sizzling Tin Roof, Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman, and August Wilson’s The Piano Lesson. In studying the twin productions of those works, Brietzke unearths that cinema has certainly stolen a lot of theater’s former thunder, by means of making drama extra intimate, and visceral than so much stay events.


But theater continues to be very important and issues vastly, Brietzke argues, although for purposes that run counter to a number of the virtues generally attributed to it as an artwork shape, similar to intimacy and spontaneity. Brietzke seeks to revitalize perceptions of theater by way of difficult these universal pieties and delivering a brand new severe paradigm, person who champions spectacle and simultaneity because the so much, no longer least, very important components of drama.

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