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3.0 out of 5 stars Neither a theory nor an introduction, 13 Nov. 2000
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This review is from: The Theory of the Modern Stage: An Introduction to Modern Theatre and Drama (Penguin Literary Criticism) (Paperback)
This has a number of strong points - as would be expected of a book that was first published in 1968 and has been revised and reprinted several times since. But it is not a 'theory' in any useful sense but an anthology of readings, some more stimulating than others. Nor is it really, as its sub-title would have us believe, 'An Introduction to Modern Theatre and Drama' in any coherent way. One can argue that the subject matter does not have the coherence necessary for this; but the fact remains that it is a largely unrelated collation of contributions from, admittedly, significant writers without any obvious unity of progression. It is therefore neither a theory nor an introduction in the way that would usually be understood. It might be helpful as an addendum to a more unified presentation, but on its own it leaves the reader seeking an introduction little the wiser.
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