Chap8 - Chapter 8: Reevaluation, Decentralization, and...

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Chapter 8: Reevaluation, Decentralization, and Subsidization Postwar American Theatre After WWII: Modified realism continued as major approach to theatrical production Psychological realism , derived from Stanislavsky’s system of acting, became even more prevalent
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Postwar American Theatre Several former members of the Group Theatre founded the Actors Studio in New York Actors Studio’s version of Stanislavsky system became known as “the method” The Method: Concentrated on the actor’s belief in the truth of the dramatic moment Resulted in scenes of considerable psychological intensity Was criticized when actors became so self-absorbed that they neglected technical skills, mumbling lines that could not be heard
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Postwar American Theatre Psychological Realism dominated playwriting 2 Major Dramatists : Arthur Miller Tennessee Williams Dominant Production Style established by director Elia Kazan and designer Jo Mielziner Psychological realism in acting and directing Simplified, skeletal settings that permitted fluid shifts in time and place
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Cat on a Hot Tin Roof Written by Tennessee Williams (1955) Structured in 3 acts, but with continuous action; time elapsed in play = time required to perform Late point of attack; requires considerable exposition, which is worked into the action Focuses primarily on 3 characters An alternative third act was written at the insistence of Elia Kazan From contemporary perspective, this play may be faulted on 2 scores: gender and race; however, both were treated in ways typical of their time
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The Musical in Postwar America The musical was the most popular theatrical form in the USA during the 20 th century Musical drama has a long and varied history Musical comedy did not emerge as a distinct type until late 19 th century Early musical comedies: Emphasized romantic appeal of exotic places or situations Used stories primarily as excuses for songs and ensemble numbers Emphasized spectacular settings, songs, dances, chorus girls
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The Musical in Postwar America Stacy Wolf Associate Professor of Theatre The University of Texas at Austin On the Integrated Musical Late 1920s: story and psychological motivation gained in importance
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Chap8 - Chapter 8: Reevaluation, Decentralization, and...

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