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Book Review: The Travels of Benjamin Zuskin

June 18th, 2015 | Book/Media Reviews

The Travels of Benjamin Zuskin Ala Zuskin Perelman Syracuse, NY:  Syracuse University Press, 2015 ISBN: 9780815610502 320 pp.   The Travels of Benjamin Zuskin, part of the series Judaic Traditions in Literature, Music and Art, is an account of the artistic and personal life of one of the stars of the Moscow State Jewish Theatre. Benjamin […]

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Book Review: The Routledge Companion to Commedia dell’Arte

June 18th, 2015 | Book/Media Reviews

The Routledge Companion to Commedia dell’arte Judith Chaffee and Olly Crick, editors London and NY: Routledge, 2014 ISBN: 9780415745062 540 pp.   Commedia dell’arte was born in Italy almost certainly as a result of influences from the ancient Roman comic theatre, borrowing archetypal characters from its traditions while emphasizing improvisation as its style.  Commedia actors […]

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Book Review: Follies of God: Tennessee Williams and the Women of the Fog

June 18th, 2015 | Book/Media Reviews

Follies of God: Tennessee Williams and the Women of the Fog James Grissom New York: Knopf, 2015 ISBN: 9780307265692 404 pp.   There is no question that Tennessee Williams is having a banner year.  Productions of his plays continue to find appreciative audiences, John Lahr’s recently published biography of Williams masterfully reconstructs the playwright’s chaotic […]

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Member Spotlight: Mint Theater

June 15th, 2015 | Members

The Mint Theater is a repertory company located in New York City. Originally founded in 1992 as an actor training company, the Mint shifted its focus three years later to staging historical dramas when Jonathan Bank became its executive director. Over the past twenty years, the Mint Theater has presented forty-four so-called “neglected” plays. It […]

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TLA Member Profile: Don Wilmeth

June 15th, 2015 | Members

Don Wilmeth: TLA member for over 50 years Your authorship and editor history make you a leading figure in the theatre research field. When reviewing current research, what do you look for in new publications or new authors? Are there writing styles or particular topics that have become more popular in recent years? I have […]

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All the Rage in Paris: Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes, 1909-1929

June 2nd, 2015 | Collections, Exhibitions

Tobin Collection of Theatre Arts, McNay Art Museum, San Antonio, Texas February 18 – June 21, 2015 All the Rage in Paris focuses on Serge Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes, the company that brought theatre—and theatre design—to the center of artistic life in Europe from 1909 to 1929.  Conceived as a showcase for Russian art and artists, […]

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Meet our New Book Review Editor — Welcome Emily Witkowski!

May 22nd, 2015 | Book/Media Reviews, President's Blog

I am pleased to introduce Emily Witkowski as the new TLA Book Review Editor. Many thanks to Charlotte Cubbage for her fine work as editor. Charlotte will help with the transition which should be completed by early summer. The Book Review Editor works with the review writers to produce approximately 4-6 reviews which will be published […]

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The Samuel French Archive Takes Center Stage

May 20th, 2015 | Collections

Theatres are curious places, magician’s trick-boxes where the golden memories of dramatic triumphs linger like nostalgic ghosts, and where the unexplainable, the fantastic, the tragic, the comic and the absurd are routine occurrences on and off the stage. ― E.A. Bucchianeri, Brushstrokes of a Gadfly   Like any good theatrical production, the Samuel French Company […]

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New: TLA Book Club

May 19th, 2015 | Membership, President's Blog

I am interested in starting a TLA Book Club focusing on titles from our Freedley and Wall Award winners and our current book reviews.  The list of past Freedley and Wall winners is an outstanding catalog of works all worth revisiting or discovering fresh.  Our TLA Book Reviews provide the current must-have titles on the […]

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President’s Report

May 13th, 2015 | President's Blog

President’s Report for Spring 2015 The TLA Board met in New York City on February 20, 2015. We had a productive meeting and successfully connected with our members on the west coast using good old fashioned technology – the telephone. It was my pleasure to welcome our new members Tanisha Jones and Joseph Talley and to welcome […]

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