On Theatre Hardcover – 25 Apr 1974
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This important volume offers a major selection of Bertolt Brecht's groundbreaking critical writing. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Bertolt Brecht (1898-1956) is acknowledged as one of the great dramatists whose plays, work with the Berliner Ensemble and writing have had a considerable influence on the theatre. His landmark plays include The Threepenny Opera and, while exiled from Germany and living in the USA, such masterpieces as The Life of Galileo, Mother Courage and The Caucasian Chalk Circle. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Top Customer Reviews
It is subtitled "the development of an aesthetic," but this phrase seems to reduce the socio-political motivation of Brecht's work, when in fact this volume is evidence of a constant tension between Brecht's didactic intentions, his own pleasure in writing and the demands of the audience.
The texts are arranged chronologically. The central piece here is "A short Organum for the Theatre", in which Brecht outlines many of the techniques that have since been appropriated by artists, filmakers, playwrights; but the methodology is here placed concretely in a Marxist context.
The notion that a revolutionary theatre should portray not simply events, but the way they are constructed in the social field, and that producers should perform their own attitudes as a part of the wider society, is still fresh and vital today.
The range of texts is good and thorough, and most facets of Brecht's complex character are represented. This book should have a wider readership than Brecht scholars and students: it offers us perceptual tools for understanding the capitalist ideology. Thoroughly reccomended, with a nice cover and a very useful index.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It is a master work of Brecht and you theatre lover should have it, and the Brecht's view on theatre very deep indeed.Published on 6 July 2013 by நடராஜா கண்ணப்பு