American Drama in the Age of Film by Zander Brietzke

By Zander Brietzke

Is theater quite useless? Does the theater, as its champions insist, rather offer a extra intimate adventure than movie? if this is the case, how have adjustments in cinematic options and applied sciences altered the connection among degree and picture? What are the inherent obstacles of representing third-dimensional areas in a two-dimensional one, and vice versa?

 

American Drama within the Age of Film examines the strengths and weaknesses of either the dramatic and cinematic arts to confront the traditional arguments within the film-versus-theater debate. utilizing widely recognized diversifications of ten significant performs, Brietzke seeks to spotlight the inherent powers of every medium and draw conclusions not only approximately how they fluctuate, yet how they must range in addition. He contrasts either degree and movie productions of, between different works, David Mamet’s Glengarry Glen Ross, Sam Shepard’s True West, Edward Albee’s Who’s frightened of Virginia Woolf, Margaret Edson’s Wit, Tony Kushner’s Angels in America, Tennessee Williams’s Cat on a scorching Tin Roof, Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman, and August Wilson’s The Piano Lesson. In studying the twin productions of those works, Brietzke reveals that cinema has certainly stolen a lot of theater’s former thunder, by way of making drama extra intimate, and visceral than so much dwell events.

 

But theater continues to be very important and issues drastically, Brietzke argues, notwithstanding for purposes that run counter to the various virtues routinely attributed to it as an artwork shape, reminiscent of intimacy and spontaneity. Brietzke seeks to revitalize perceptions of theater through hard these universal pieties and supplying a brand new serious paradigm, person who champions spectacle and simultaneity because the such a lot, no longer least, vital components of drama.

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