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Margo Jones

(1913—1955)

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arena and in-the-round

Overview page. Subjects: Theatre.

An ancient form of staging which acquired a new importance in modernist theatre. The spectators sit in elevated tiers surrounding a central performance space (which may be of any shape ...

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Arena-Style Theatre

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(Theatre‐in‐the‐Round).

Although some hailed the proliferation after World War II of arena‐style playhouses, in which audiences surround the stage, as a revolutionary departure,...

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Henry Hewes

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(1917–2006), critic.

He was born in Boston and educated at Harvard, Carnegie Tech, and Columbia before he started doing theatre reviews for the New York Times in 1948. But much ...

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Inherit the Wind

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(1955),

a play by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee [National Theatre, 806 perf.] When Bertram Cates (Karl Light) is brought to trial for violating his state's law against teaching...

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Jerome Lawrence

Overview page. Subjects: Music — Theatre.

(1915–2004) and

(1918–94)

American playwrights.

Lawrence and Lee formed a writing partnership in 1942. Prominent in writing for radio, they made their Broadway...

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resident theatre

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America's professional, nonprofit theatres are interchangeably referred to as ‘resident theatres’ and as ‘regional theatres’. The term ‘resident’ refers to the presence of a permanent...

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Summer and Smoke

Overview page. Subjects: Theatre.

(1948),

a play by Tennessee Williams. [Music Box Theatre, 100 perf.] Alma Winemiller (Margaret Phillips), the prim daughter of the local minister, is at once repelled and...

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theatre-in-the-round

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Form of play presentation in which the audience is seated all round the acting area. One of the earliest forms of theatre, it was probably used for open-air performances, street ...

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USA regional theatres

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Theatre in the United States has been centred in New York for much of the past 300 years. There have always been theatres elsewhere, of course, rising and falling with ...

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William Inge

Overview page. Subjects: Theatre — Literature.

(1913–73)

American playwright. Encouraged by Williams, Inge completed Farther off from Heaven (produced in 1947 by Margo Jones in Dallas). When staged on Broadway in 1950 as Come...

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