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on 25 April 2007
Fortier somehow masters an introduction to many theoretical perspectives and their relation to theatre in a relatively small volume. The book focuses on theatre as performed rather than as writen.

After consideration of the various ways in which theatre and theory can interact, Fortier dedicates nine chapters to nine theoretical perpectives. Each chapter outlines the major approaches and writings in the field and inter-relates them to oneanother before giving a few examples of how the theory can be applied to certain appropiately selected performances.

The first 3 chapters (Semiotics, Phenomenology, Post-strucuralism) are geared towards the relationship to text.

The second 3 chapters (Psychoanalytic, Feminist, Reception) is conscious of subjectivity as motivation of practitioners.

The third 3 chapters (Materialist, Post-modernism, Post-colonial) is geared towards theatre's relationship to 'the outside world'.

The writing style is very open and avoids any dogmatic statements; which can be annoying if you are trying to find quick answers or a definition of a theory, but is an overall strength as it provokes a deeper understanding.

This is the only book I know of which relates more than one theory specifically to theatre. It is also rare to find works that inter-relate more than two theories. It is supprising "Theory/Theatre" is so easy to follow.

It breifly covers a magnitude of practitioners and theorists, then closes with a comprehensive list of further works for each area. It includes a glossary and bibliography.
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on 18 January 2010
I have used this book as a source for an introductory course in critical theory as seen from the perspective of someone interested in theatre studies. I must say I was impressed with the clarity and the depth of the detail Fortier has managed to squeeze into a book that's barely 230 pages long. Having already the foundation for critical theory because of my previous studies in film, I welcomed Fortier's book as a worthy addition to my "cognitive map". I think this book can serve not only as class material, but also as a great introduction for anyone who may be interested in deciphering the basic terminology of critical theory (the book contains a very short and very useful glossary as well). Fortier goes through the most influential theorists and sums up the vast philosophical questions posed by various academics worldwide in one single read- that may not be "easy" but at least it's meaningful.
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on 15 September 2008
As an introduction to theatre theory this book is a pleasure to read, and what's more - it is understandable! So many authors of these type of books write with their head in the clouds, flexing their vocabulary muscles so much that it becomes a bore to read. No so with this. It is a well focused down to earth book that gets to the point. Well recommended.
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on 26 July 2005
To anyone studying or interested in modern theatre movements and literary critism this book surely is a must. Fortier's language is concise and defined and allows for confortable reading. For anybody studying theatre, especially before you get into an exam this book is essential and key to hightened understanding.
truly recommended
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on 10 December 2012
Mark Fortier has covered all the bases here, in a perfectly easy-to-follow format. It is, in fact, an essential text and one not to miss.
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on 14 December 2012
this book has made my life so much easier understanding the theories in theatre like feminism. a well written book.
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on 22 August 2015
A really useful overview of key theory as it pertains to practice.
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on 18 November 2015
my friend says its useful :)
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on 31 March 2015
A must buy for any student
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on 10 October 2015
Great for theory work.
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