The Dubious Spectacle: Extremities of Theater, 1976-2000

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U of Minnesota Press, Jan 1, 2002 - Drama - 347 pages
Spanning a quarter of a century, the essays in this book rehearse, in the movement of memory and cross-reflection, an extensive career in theater. The work of Herbert Blau--his directing, writing, and criticism--has been a determining force during this period as theater encounters theory.
 

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Contents

Theater at the End of the Real
1
2 The Impossible Takes a Little Time
18
3 Spacing Out in the American Theater
37
Rehearsing the Resistance
53
5 A Dove in My Chimney
62
An Analytic Scenario
70
The Grail of the Voice
118
Chills and Fever Mourning and the Vanities of the Sublime
132
13 Readymade Desire
199
From Tango Palace to Mud
206
The Group Idea and Its Legacy
215
New Music and Theater
230
17 FlatOut Vision
246
Sovereign Pleasure and the Baroque Subject in the Tragicomedies of John Fletcher
265
Revising the Abyss
281
The Insane Root
307

9 The Dubious Spectacle of Collective Identity
137
Subtext of a Syllabus for the Arts in America
157
Educating the American Theater
181
12 The Pipe Dreams of ONeill in the Age of Deconstruction
189
Notes
321
Previous Publications
335
Index
337
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