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By David Savran

ISBN-10: 0472068369

ISBN-13: 9780472068364

ISBN-10: 0472098365

ISBN-13: 9780472098361

In enticing, obtainable prose, best theater critic and cultural commentator David Savran explores the intersections among paintings and tradition, providing shrewdpermanent, compelling interpretations of the commercial and social contexts of theatrical texts and practices. Acknowledging theater's marginal prestige in U.S. tradition, A Queer type of Materialism takes on "the trouble-makers--the ghost, closeted gay, masochist, drag king, 3rd international laborer, even the white male as victim"--who determine extra prominently in theater than in different cultural types. In impeccably researched and argued essays that diversity in material from Rodgers and Hammerstein to Paula Vogel, from abruptly final summer season to Iron John, Savran uncovers the ways in which such troublemakers either problem and toughen orthodox social practices.
The choices provided listed below are by way of turns unique, informative, refined, and polemical, reflecting the author's twin citizenship as rigorous student and fascinating theater critic. This e-book additionally offers a version for one of those queer historic materialism that might turn out worthy to quite a lot of disciplines, together with theater and function, gender and sexuality, queer/gay/lesbian/transgender stories, American stories, and renowned culture.
David Savran is Professor of Theater, the Graduate middle, town collage of latest York, and writer of Cowboys, Communists, and Queers and Taking It Like a Man.

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The New York Times crit­ ics will continue to fret, wring their hands, and exhibit other symptoms of middlebrow anxiety. And they will continue to attack work, like the Michael John LaChiusa/George C. Wolfe The Wild Party, that too point­ edly and angrily takes up the miscegenated history of the American mu­ sical theater. But rather than kill these innovative projects, perhaps each of them should just take a Valium, get a good night's rest, and call his psy­ chiatrist in the morning. The Queerest Art Chapter Two The Queerest Art In the United States, the "gay nineties" bore witness to an unprece­ dented efflorescence of cultural productions by or about lesbians and gay men.

For although the critic is finally a mediator and recy­ cler of opinion, he is able to exert an extraordinary amount of influence on New York theater and, by extension, on theater throughout the United States. Since the demise of the New York Herald-Tribune in 1967, New York has basically been a one-newspaper town when it comes to theater. Certain musicals (like Sunset Boulevard or Jekyll and Hyde) are review­ proof, and a few other critics carry some weight, especially with audi­ ences and plays that fall either above or below the upper-middlebrow cat­ egory.

161 Despite this dreary forecast, there are some positive signs: the continuing efflorescence of innovative theater, usually located far from Broadway's precincts, that delights in all forms of unnatural intercourse; and the development of a new generation of musicals, post-Rodgers and Hammerstein, post-Lloyd Webber, post­ Sondheim, post-Larson. Many are collaborations between commercial and nonprofit theaters and represent, in Ira Weitzman's words, "a healthy mixture of established and emerging artists;' both "more experimental composers" and "a groundswell of young people writing in a more pop vernacular:'162 So perhaps a revived musical theater that is both com­ mercially viable and aesthetically and politically bold will find a way not of denying or renouncing theater's long-term middlebrow position in the cultural hierarchy but of exploiting it and discovering a new vibrancy in the unpredictable intercourse of high and low.

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