100 Greatest American Plays

Then there are great plays, those that are important as well as stageworthy. This book is about one hundred of those plays. There are many ways in which outstanding American plays can be listed. One can look at those works that won ...

Author: Thomas S. Hischak

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9781442256064

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 408

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100 Greatest American Plays is the 1st book on the 100 greatest American, non-musical plays. Arranged alphabetically, each entry covers each play extensively including the plot, the production history, a summary of the critical reaction, its influence and long-range effects, cast lists of notable stage and film versions, and a playwright biography.

100 Greatest American Plays

100 Greatest American Plays is the 1st book on the 100 greatest American, non-musical plays.

Author: Thomas S. Hischak

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers

ISBN: 1442256052

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 352

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100 Greatest American Plays is the first book on the 100 greatest American, non-musical plays. Arranged alphabetically, each entry includes not only the plot but the production history, a summary of the critical reaction, commentary of the literary aspects of the drama, its influence and long-range effects, cast lists of notable stage and film versions, and a biography of the playwright. This resource also includes a chronological listing of the plays, a listing of the included playwrights, and a listing of notable theatre awards.

The 100 Greatest Americans of the 20th Century

Americans would soon hear a great deal about the country, bin Laden, and the conditions Kushner was writing about. Kushner's next play was a musical based on his experiences growing up in a Jewish family with an African American maid in ...

Author: Peter Dreier

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 9781568586946

Category: History

Page: 400

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A hundred years ago, any soapbox orator who called for women's suffrage, laws protecting the environment, an end to lynching, or a federal minimum wage was considered a utopian dreamer or a dangerous socialist. Now we take these ideas for granted -- because the radical ideas of one generation are often the common sense of the next. We all stand on the shoulders of earlier generations of radicals and reformers who challenged the status quo of their day. Unfortunately, most Americans know little of this progressive history. It isn't taught in most high schools. You can't find it on the major television networks. In popular media, the most persistent interpreter of America's radical past is Glenn Beck, who teaches viewers a wildly inaccurate history of unions, civil rights, and the American Left. The 100 Greatest Americans of the 20th Century, a colorful and witty history of the most influential progressive leaders of the twentieth century and beyond, is the perfect antidote.

The 100 Greatest American Athletes

Athletic Requirements of the Sport and Position: 18/20 The deep involvement in all run and pass plays requires defensive ends to boast tremendous durability and conditioning. They can't take plays off. They also need great balance, ...

Author: Martin Gitlin

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9781538110270

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 398

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In this book, Martin Gitlin has ranked the 100 greatest American athletes across all sports, from football and baseball to the decathlon and skateboarding. Taken into consideration are the athletes’ achievements, mental toughness, versatility, athleticism, and overall impact on their sport.

In the Long Run

Yet in 2017, Thomas S. Hischak, a professor at SUNY Cortland and a prolific author of encyclopedic tomes on the theatre, published 100 Greatest American Plays, which included all of the top ten longestrunning plays, with the exception ...

Author: Jordan Schildcrout

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9780429560392

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 236

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In the Long Run: A Cultural History of Broadway’s Hit Plays presents in-depth analysis of 15 plays that ran over 1,000 performances, examining what made each so popular in its time—and then, in many cases, fall into obscurity. Covering one hundred years of theatre history, it traces the long-running Broadway play as a distinct cultural phenomenon that rises and falls from 1918 to 2018. Each chapter focuses on the longest-running plays of a particular decade, synthesizing historical research and dramaturgical analysis to explain how they functioned as works of theatrical art, cultural commodities, and reflections of the values, conflicts, and fantasies of their times. At the heart of each play’s history are the ideological contradictions often present in works of popular culture that appeal to diverse audiences, particularly around issues of gender, race, class, and sexuality. Suitable for anyone with an interest in Broadway and its history, In the Long Run explores the nature of time in this ephemeral art form, the tensions between commerce and art, between popularity and prestige, and the changing position of the Broadway play within American popular culture.

100 Great American Novels You ve probably Never Read

In the 1920s , he began a brilliant career as a novelist and dramatist , writing many plays that were both commercial and critical successes . In the 1930s he taught at the University of Chicago and later at Harvard .

Author: Karl Bridges

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 1591581656

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 248

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Presents a synopsis, author sketch, and critical commentary for each of one hundred novels which were published during the 20th century and which today remain largely unknown.

Theatre as Human Action

He is author of thirty-two nonfiction books about theatre, film, and popular music, notably The Oxford Companion to the American Musical, The 100 Greatest American Plays, The Rodgers and Hammerstein Encyclopedia, Broadway Plays and ...

Author: Thomas S. Hischak

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers

ISBN: 9781538126431

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 304

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Theatre as Human Action: An Introduction to Theatre Arts, Third Edition is designed for the college student who may be unacquainted with many plays and has seen a limited number of theatre productions. Focusing primarily on four plays, this textbook aims to inform the student about theatre arts, stimulate interest in the art form, lead to critical thinking about theatre, and prepare the student to be a more informed and critical theatregoer. The four plays central to this book are the tragedy Macbeth, the landmark African American drama A Raisin in the Sun, the American comedy classic You Can’t Take It with You, and—new to this edition—the contemporary hip-hop musical Hamilton. At the beginning of the text, each play is described with plot synopses (and suggested video versions), and then these four representative works are referred to throughout the book. In addition to looking at both the theoretical and practical aspects of theatre arts—from the nature of theatre and drama to how it reflects society—the author also explains the processes that playwrights, actors, designers, directors, producers, and critics go through. In addition to Hamilton, this edition includes full color images throughout, as well as revised chapters and expanded and updated material on the technical aspects of theatre, coverage of children’s theatre and British theatre, the role of drama as therapy, and the importance of diversity in theatre today. Structured into ten chapters, each looking at a major area or artist—and concluding with the audience and critics—the unique approach of Theatre as Human Action thoroughly addresses all of the major topics to be found in an introduction to theatre text.

1927

... co-edited with Jack Macauley The Off Broadway Musical since 1919: The Greenwich Village Follies to The Toxic Avenger The 100 Greatest American and British Animated Feature Films The 100 Greatest American Plays Theatre as Human ...

Author: Thomas S. Hischak

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9781538112786

Category: History

Page: 328

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From January 1 to December 31 of 1927, the entries in this book cover every major news event—national and international—of this pivotal year in history. Milestones of theater, radio, music, literature, film, and sports—as well as minor news items that would prove to be more important later, such as births of significant figures—are also included.

The 100 Greatest Superhero Films and TV Shows

The pilot was passed on, which is unfortunate, as the opportunity was missed to have the first woman of color play the lead in a superhero series. While The Greatest American Hero will probably always be best known for its popular theme ...

Author: Zachary Ingle

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9781538114513

Category: Comic strip characters in motion pictures

Page: 272

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This book celebrates the 100 greatest superhero films and tv shows from the early 1940s to the present. Each entry includes a plot summary, background information, production details, critical reception, box office results, awards, and commentary assessing the film or show's contribution to the superhero genre and popular culture.

100 Greatest American and British Animated Films

In an inspired bit of casting, the seventy-three-year-old singer and actress Eartha Kitt plays Yzma, her unique voice ideal for the predatory sorceress. John Goodman as Pacha plays straight man to Spade, but Patrick Warburton steals ...

Author: Thomas S. Hischak

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9781538105696

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 396

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Animation has been a staple of the filmmaking process since the early days of cinema. Animated shorts had been produced for decades, but not until 1937 did a major studio venture into animated features when Walt Disney produced Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Of the hundreds of animated feature films made since, many have proven their importance over the years while also entertaining generations of audiences. There are also many recent animated movies that promise to become classics in the field. In 100 Greatest American British Animated Films, Thomas S, Hischak looks at the most innovative, influential, and entertaining features that have been produced since the late 1930s—from traditional hand-drawn works and stop-motion films to computer-generated wonders. These movies have been selected not simply because of their popularity or critical acceptance but for their importance. Entries in this volume contain plot information production history critical reaction commentary on the film’s cinematic quality a discussion of the film’s influence voice casts production credits songs sequels, spin-offs, Broadway versions, and television adaptations awards and nominations Each movie is also discussed in the context of its original release as well as the ways in which the film has lived on in the years since. Familiar favorites and lesser-known gems are included, making the book a fascinating journey for both the avid animation fan and the everyday moviegoer. With a sweeping look at more than eight decades of movies, 100 Greatest American and British Animated Films highlights some of the most treasured features of all time.

The Mikado to Matilda

... co-edited with Jack Macauley Off-Broadway Musicals since 1919: From Greenwich Village Follies to The Toxic Avenger The 100 Greatest American and British Animated Feature Films The 100 Greatest American Plays Theatre as Human Action: ...

Author: Thomas S. Hischak

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers

ISBN: 9781538126073

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 312

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In The Mikado to Matilda: British Musicals on the New York Stage, Thomas Hischak provides an overview of British musicals that made their way to Broadway, covering their entire history up to the present day. This is the first book to look at the British musical theatre with reference to those London musicals that were also produced in New York City. The book covers 110 British musicals, ranging from 1750 to the present day, including the popular Gilbert and Sullivan comic operettas during the Victorian era, the Andrew Lloyd Webber mega-musicals of the late twentieth century, and today's biggest hits such as Matilda. Each London musical is discussed first as a success in England and then how it fared in America. The plots, songs, songwriters, performers, and producers for both the West End and the Broadway (or Off Broadway) production are identified and described. The discussion is sometimes critical, evaluating the musicals and why they were or were not a success in New York.

The Thornton Wilder Encyclopedia

... Enter the Players: New York Actors in the Twentieth Century Enter the Playmakers: Directors and Choreographers on ... to The Toxic Avenger The 100 Greatest American and British Animated Feature Films The 100 Greatest American Plays ...

Author: Thomas S Hischak

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9781538152409

Category:

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This encyclopedia exhaustively covers Thornton Wilder, one of America's greatest writers. It features a biography of Wilder's life and career, followed by entries that cover the people who worked with him, friends and family members who were of great influence, and every novel, play, film script, and other literary work by Wilder.

1939

He is the author of twenty-six nonfiction books about theatre, film, and popular music, including 100 Greatest American Plays (Rowman & Littlefield, 2017), Theatre as Human Action: An Introduction to Theatre Arts, Second Edition (Rowman ...

Author: Thomas S. Hischak

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9781442278059

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 430

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What do Babes in Arms, Beau Geste, Gunga Din, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Only Angels Have Wings, and Young Mr. Lincoln all have in common? They are all classic films released in the same year, but none of them received Academy Award nominations for best picture. Why? In that same year, Hollywood produced Dark Victory, Goodbye Mr. Chips, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, and Ninotchka, as well as two of the most beloved films of all time, Gone with the Wind and The Wizard of Oz. In 1939 Hollywood created an unprecedented number of great films, a year that has yet to be surpassed in cinematic achievement. In 1939: Hollywood’s Greatest Year, Thomas S. Hischak looks at the most remarkable 365 days in film history. Arranged chronologically from January 1 to December 31, 1939, each entry covers one day and features major news events (national and international) as well as minor curiosities or news items that would prove to be more important in the future. The activities on Broadway, radio, the music business, literature, and other arts are included, as are noteworthy sporting events. Most significantly, this book provides a full description and commentary on the Hollywood movies that were released on that day. All 510 feature films from all the Hollywood studios are included in the book, along with notable shorts, cartoons, newsreels, and foreign releases. While others have looked at the movie highlights of this momentous year, Hischak evaluates Hollywood’s entire screen output of 1939, from B pictures and serial installments to the international blockbusters—and every film in between. 1939: Hollywood’s Greatest Year is a captivating look at this phenomenon and will fascinate any film aficionado.

The Woody Allen Encyclopedia

... Enter the Players: New York Actors in the Twentieth Century Enter the Playmakers: Directors and Choreographers on ... to The Toxic Avenger The 100 Greatest American and British Animated Feature Films The 100 Greatest American Plays ...

Author: Thomas S. Hischak

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9781538110676

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 400

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This reference work consists of entries on every film, television, stage, and literary work by Woody Allen. The volume also includes entries on people (actors, producers, writers, etc.) who have worked with Allen as well as various topics (acting roles, awards, themes, film locations, etc.).

100 Neo Futurist Plays

From Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind (30 Plays in 60 Minutes) The Neo-Futurists ... Skip a few years to find Greg in Chicago feeling frustrated at being unable to write the great American play. I hit on the idea of writing three ...

Author: The Neo-Futurists

Publisher: Agate Publishing

ISBN: 9780981564371

Category: Drama

Page: 192

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This collection of 100 short (very short) plays from The Neo-Futurists’ acclaimed cult hit Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind was originally published by Chicago Plays in 1993. The show presents 30 plays in 60 minutes, its ensemble of writer/performers generating between two and 12 new plays each week, as dictated by a roll of the dice. The material runs the gamut of style, tone, and topic: musical, confession, agit-prop, poetic gesture, physical comedy, puppet theater, audience interrogation, folk song, sex joke, and many more. The plays are funny, moving, challenging, powerful, and occasionally just plain weird. There is no fourth wall in Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind — the show embraces the ideal that theater is created in the connection between audience and performer. Randomness, dynamism, speed, brevity, and planned obsolescence are celebrated and exploited to engage and refresh all participants. The plays stand as an entertaining document of the show's output, and they are ideal for scene study, auditions, and competitions.

Modern American Drama Playwriting in the 1940s

1 The 27 June 2013 issue of Entertainment Weekly published its list of 'The 50 Best Plays of the Past 100 Years', not limited to Englishlanguage plays but strongly tilted that way. The American plays of the 1940s on that list, ...

Author: Felicia Hardison Londré

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781350017481

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 328

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The Decades of Modern American Drama series provides a comprehensive survey and study of the theatre produced in each decade from the 1930s to 2009 in eight volumes. Each volume equips readers with a detailed understanding of the context from which work emerged: an introduction considers life in the decade with a focus on domestic life and conditions, social changes, culture, media, technology, industry and political events; while a chapter on the theatre of the decade offers a wide-ranging and thorough survey of theatres, companies, dramatists, new movements and developments in response to the economic and political conditions of the day. The work of the four most prominent playwrights from the decade receives in-depth analysis and re-evaluation by a team of experts, together with commentary on their subsequent work and legacy. A final section brings together original documents such as interviews with the playwrights and with directors, drafts of play scenes, and other previously unpublished material. The major playwrights and their works to receive in-depth coverage in this volume include: * Eugene O'Neill: The Iceman Cometh (1946), A Moon for the Misbegotten (1947), Long Day's Journey Into Night (written 1941, produced 1956), and A Touch of the Poet (written 1942, produced 1958); * Tennessee Williams: The Glass Menagerie (1944), A Streetcar Named Desire (1947), Summer and Smoke (1948); * Arthur Miller: All My Sons (1947), Death of a Salesman (1949), and The Crucible (1953); * Thornton Wilder: Our Town (1938), The Skin of Our Teeth (1942), Shadow of a Doubt (1943), and The Alcestiad (written 1940s).

Howell s Storm

Journal of the American Water Works Association 42, no. 9 (September 1950): 827– 828. Harper, Kristine C. Make It Rain: State Control of the Atmosphere in Twentieth-Century America. ... Hischak, Thomas S. 100 Greatest American Plays.

Author: Jim Leeke

Publisher: Chicago Review Press

ISBN: 9780912777979

Category: Science

Page: 272

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More than half a century ago, New York City felt the increasing effects of drought, which lasted throughout 1949 and into 1950. By February, the desperate city had to try something different. Mayor William O'Dwyer hired a municipal rainmaker. Dr. Wallace E. Howell was an inspired choice. The handsome, 35-year-old Harvard-educated meteorologist was the ideal scientist—soft-spoken, modest and articulate. No fast-talking prairie huckster, he took credit for nothing he couldn't prove with sound empirical data. Howell's meticulous nature often baffled jaded New Yorkers. Over the next year, his leadership of a small ground and air armada, and his unprecedented scientific campaign to replenish the city's Catskills reservoirs, captured the imagination of the world. New York's cloud-seeding and rainmaking efforts would remain the stuff of legends—and controversy—for decades.This is the first in-depth look at New York City's only official rainmaker—an unintentional celebrity, dedicated scientist and climate entrepreneur, whose activities stirred up controversy among government officials, meteorologists, theologians, farmers and resort owners alike.

Digests of Great American Plays

Complete summaries of more than 100 plays, date of writing or production, cast of characters, theme, etc.

Author: John Lovell

Publisher: New York : Crowell

ISBN: STANFORD:36105038663147

Category: American drama

Page: 452

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Complete summaries of more than 100 plays, date of writing or production, cast of characters, theme, etc.

100 of the Best American Football Players of All Time

Please leave us a positive rating so that we can produce more 100 great topics. You may also enjoy the following books: GREATEST FOOTBALL PLAYERS TO EVER PLAY THE GAME: TOP 100 This book and our other books are a collection of 100ofthe ...

Author: Alex Trost

Publisher: A&V

ISBN: 9781492141341

Category:

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Are you looking for a journey that will take you through this amazing obok, along with funny comments and a word puzzle? Then this book is for you. Whether you are looking at this book for curiosity, choices, options, or just for fun; this book fits any criteria. Writing this book did not happen quickly. It is thorough look at accuracy and foundation before the book was even started. This book was created to inform, entertain and maybe even test your knowledge. By the time you finish reading this book you will want to share it with others.