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Recent Journals

New editions of theatre and performance journals.


Vol. XVI, No. 1, Joel Schechter, ed., Yale School of Drama, New Haven, CT. 96 pp, $5. Each issue of Theater, published three times a year, includes the complete text of a play, along with supporting commentary. The latest issue features Athol Fugard’s The Road to Mecca (which premiered last season at the Yale Repertory Theatre), accompanied by interviews with Fugard and James Earl Jones, and a review of Fugard’s published Notebooks. Other noteworthy articles include an interview with playwright August Wilson; reviews of theatre in Louisville, Berlin and New York; and a trenchant examination of the most recent Herbert Blau books by W.D. King. Photographs abound.

The Drama Review

Vol. 28, no. 4 (T104), Michael Kirby, ed.; MIT Press, Cambridge, Mass., and London. 100 pp., $5. The latest issue of TDR is devoted to the Group Theatre. Such productions as Waiting for Lefty, Johnny Johnson and Men in White are carefully documented; Mel Gordon and Laurie Lassiter describe acting experiments devised by Lee Strasberg; and the practical and theoretical writings of such major Group figures as Clifford Odets, Elia Kazan and John Garfield are excerpted.

Performing Arts Journal 24

Gautam Dasgupta and Bonnie Marranca, eds., Performing Arts Journal Publications, New York, NY. 136 ₽P, $5. Included in this issue are Herbert Blau’s assessment of the American theatre since the publication of his The Impossible Theatre 20 years ago; a post-mortem on the Olympic Arts Festival by Gerald Rabin; an examination of the lack of theatrical content in American drama by playwright Mac Wellman; and the text of Scene, a new play by Eugene Ionesco.

Women & Performance: A Journal of Feminist Theory

Women & Performance Project, New York, N.Y. 116 pp, $5 paper. Volume 2, Number 1 of this semi-annual publication includes an interview with Estelle Parsons about her work in Orgasmo Adulto Escapes from the Zoo and articles on Latin American filmmakers, South African singer-songwriter Sathima, and “Locating the Language of Gender Experience” by Linda Walsh Jenkins. Available from New York University/Tisch School of the Arts, Department of Performance Studies, 51 West 4th St., Rm. 300, New York, NY 10012.

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