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Yankee Theatre

Author : Francis Hodge
ISBN : 9780292761544
Genre : Performing Arts
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The famous "Stage Yankees," with their eccentric New England dialect comedy, entertained audiences from Boston to New Orleans, from New York to London in the years between 1825 and 1850. They provided the creative energy for the development of an American-type character in early plays of native authorship. This book examines the full range of their theatre activity, not only as actors, but also as playmakers, and re-evaluates their contribution to the growth of the American stage. Yankee theatre was not an oddity, a passing fad, or an accident of entertainment; it was an honest exploitation of the materials of American life for an audience in search of its own identification. The delineation of the American character—a full-length realistic portrait in the context of stage comedy—was its projected goal; and though not the only method for such delineation, the theatre form was the most popular and extensive way of disseminating the American image. The Yankee actors openly borrowed from what literary sources were available to them, but because of their special position as actors, who were required to give flesh-and-blood imitations of people for the believable acceptance of others viewing the same people about them, they were forced to draw extensively on their actors' imaginations and to present the American as they saw him. If the image was too often an external one, it still revealed the Yankee as a hardy individual whose independence was a primary assumption; as a bargainer, whose techniques were more clever than England's sharpest penny-pincher; as a country person, more intelligent, sharper and keener in dealings than the city-bred type; as an American freewheeler who always landed on top, not out of naive honesty but out of a simple perception of other human beings and their gullibility. Much new evidence in this study is based on London productions, where the view of English audiences and critics was sharply focused on what Americans thought about themselves and the new culture of democracy emerging around them. The shift from America, the borrower, to America, the original doer, can be clearly seen in this stager activity. Yankee theatre, then, is an epitome of the emerging American after the Second War for Independence. Emerging nationalism meant emerging national definition. Yankee theatre thus led to the first cohesive body of American plays, the first American actors seen in London, and to a new realistic interpretation of the American in the "character" plays of the 1870s and 1880s.
Category: Performing Arts

Yankee Theatre

Author : Francis Hodge
ISBN : OCLC:1020245546
Genre : Actors
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Yankee Theatre

Author : Francis Hodge
ISBN : OCLC:1020245546
Genre : Actors
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ISBN : OCLC:468507349
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The Last Yankee

Author : Arthur Miller
ISBN : 9781474225700
Genre : Drama
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This Student Edition of After the Fall is perfect for students of literature and drama and offers an unrivalled and comprehensive guide to Miller's play. It features an extensive introduction by Katherine Egerton which includes a chronology of Miller's life and times, a summary of the plot and commentary on the characters, themes, language, context and production history of the play. Together with over twenty questions for further study and detailed notes on words and phrases from the text, this is the definitive edition of the play. Set in a New England state mental hospital in the early 1990s when Prozac was routinely adminstered to treat depression, The Last Yankee sees Miller exploring aspects of the American Dream through the lives of four characters who question and grapple with definitions of success, health and fulfillment. Described by Miller as 'a comedy about a tragedy' the one act play highlights conflicts between men and women, between the working class and the capitalist businessman and between interior and exterior realities.
Category: Drama

Yankee Tavern

Author : Steven Dietz
ISBN : 0822223848
Genre : Drama
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THE STORY: Just when you thought you'd heard every crazy 9/11 conspiracy theory, a stranger walks into the Yankee Tavern. There, inside the walls of this crumbling New York tavern, a young couple finds themselves caught up in what might be the bigg
Category: Drama

Just Outside The Spotlight

Author : Luke Yankee
ISBN : 0823078884
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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• Renowned character actress Heckart knew everybody in Hollywood—and her son spills the stories she could never tell • Juicy tidbits about Marilyn Monroe, Marlene Dietrich, Lucille Ball, Paul Newman, Bette Davis, Ethel Merman, and dozens of others • Part memoir, part scrapbook, part scandal sheet—unusual and enjoyable • Book has been endorsed by more than a dozen celebs, including Ellen DeGeneres, Betty White, Goldie Hawn, and Joanne Woodward Rex Reed called this memoir of award-winning character actress Eileen Heckart “touching, hilarious, enthralling”—and readers everywhere will call it fabulous! Written by Heckart’s son, this unusual biography tells all the tales that Heckart heard and saw in her fifty-year career in movies, theater, and TV. Oscar-, Emmy-, and Tony-winning actress Heckart, she of the foghorn voice and forward-leaning gait, worked with most of the greatest stars of the twentieth century. Wait till you read the one about Dietrich and—wait, can’t tell that one here. Or the one about—nope, not that one either. Oh, well.Just Outside the Spotlightis a remarkable memoir, packed with heartwarming family photos and never-before-seen images of stars, and with unforgettable anecdotes.
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Best Plays Of The Early American Theatre 1787 1911

Author : John Gassner
ISBN : 0486410986
Genre : Performing Arts
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Sixteen works from American theater, 1787 1911: "Charles the Second" (1824); "Fashion "(1845); "Uncle Tom's Cabin" (1852); "The Count of Monte Cristo" (1883); "The Mouse-Trap" (1889); "The Great Divide" (1906); more. Background essay. "
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The Year The Yankees Lost The Pennant

Author : Douglass Wallop
ISBN : 0393326101
Genre : Fiction
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Decades after it became a hit movie and musical--"Damn Yankees"--this classic baseball fable, restored to its original title, is being introduced to a new generation.
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