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By Zander Brietzke

Is theater particularly lifeless? Does the theater, as its champions insist, fairly supply a extra intimate event than movie? if that is so, how have alterations in cinematic ideas and applied sciences altered the connection among level and picture? What are the inherent obstacles of representing third-dimensional 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 well known variations of ten significant performs, Brietzke seeks to focus on the inherent powers of every medium and draw conclusions not only approximately how they vary, yet how they must range to boot. He contrasts either level and movie productions of, between different works, David Mamet’s Glengarry Glen Ross, Sam Shepard’s True West, Edward Albee’s Who’s fearful 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 analyzing the twin productions of those works, Brietzke unearths that cinema has certainly stolen a lot of theater’s former thunder, by way of making drama extra intimate, and visceral than so much dwell events.


But theater continues to be important and issues vastly, Brietzke argues, notwithstanding for purposes that run counter to a number of the virtues regularly attributed to it as an artwork shape, reminiscent of intimacy and spontaneity. Brietzke seeks to revitalize perceptions of theater through tough these universal pieties and providing a brand new severe paradigm, person who champions spectacle and simultaneity because the so much, now not least, vital parts of drama.

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