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In order to understand the position of the European theatre in 1898 at the time of Brecht's birth in the small south German town of Augsburg, then part of the kingdom of Bavaria, let us hypothesize a scene in which we join all the major people then working in innovative theatre as they gather in Augsburg for Brecht's christening. Read the first page
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Are we reading the same book?? 11 Sept. 2001
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I don't quite understand the previous reviewer's comments.
This book is a very good introduction from a technical point of
view. It surveys the career of Brecht as a stage director. This aspect of Brechtian studies in the Anglo-American circle is lacking. Carl Weber and John Rouse are leading scholars on this topic, but you have to dig hard and deep to find their articles.
If anything, the detailed record on the production of the Caucasian Chalk Circle at the Berliner Ensemble which forms the core of chapter six is an absolute keeper. It details how Brecht directed this play himself. What kind of things he was looking for? What to focus on? What to work on? How? It's invaluable but it's ignored again and again by college teachers who try to piece together theorectical expressions from defferent periods in Brecht's career. I say none of this nonesense; instead, study chapter six, if your German is not good enough and then you will get a handle on Brecht.
The rest of the book is a little chaotic, and his writing is a bit imprecise sometimes. People familiar with Eric Bentley's or Martin Esslin's books will recognize that the lack of political consciouness does not start with Fuegi. Fuegi really has some contributions to the study of the theatricality in Brecht by focusing upon the so-called "theatre" side.
What fouls Fuegi's reputations as a scholar and a biographer is his notorious biography published later. That volume is now deservedly out of print.
That was Brecht was all about: Chaos in his work 20 May 2013
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This book describes Brecht's life, his political leanings, his troubles with other performances and their producers. And, it gives afine examp[le of performance art
Strongly endorsed ! 26 July 2010
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It's a great book, You really get to know Bertold Brecht, how he thinks, acts, and his relationships with other directors.He has changed our concept of Playwriting, Acting, & Directing. The book tells how he worked & reacted with actors, and how his productions were actually put together in rehearsals.
Four Stars 30 Aug. 2014
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interesting prospective
2 of 7 people found the following review helpful
American neurosis 28 Aug. 2001
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This book is a compendium of America's neuroses, from its puritanism through its hatred for anything smacking of socialism all the way to its feminist-inspired guilt feelings towards women. These neuroses are then projected on Germany, leading to countless misunderstandings concerning the nature of German history and life. As an account of Bertolt Brecht and the world in which he operated this book is all but worthless. If you want to understand how crazy Americans really are, however, by all means go ahead and study it as carefully as you can.
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