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Life as a Playwright: A Survival Guide

Jon Klein

Jon Klein is the head of the MFA Playwriting Program at Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. and author of over 30 produced plays, performed Off-Broadway and at many prestigious regional theatres. He has also written several adaptations and his stage version of Stendhal’s classic novel The Red and the Black was produced at ACT Theatre, Seattle. He adapted T Bone N Weasel for a Turner Network film, starring Gregory Hines and Christopher Lloyd and for which received both the HBO Playwrights USA award and the Midwest Author’s award. His other plays include Losing It, Chance and Necessity and Dimly Perceived Threats to the System. He has been a Playwright-in-Residence at the American Repertory Theatre, Cambridge, and the Alliance Theatre, Atlanta and he has taught playwriting and screenwriting at UCLA, the University of Texas, the University of Washington, Ohio University, and Hollins University. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Methuen Drama, 2018

Short Guides and Biography

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...Addressing the questions central to any playwright's career and identity, Jon Klein offers you a glimpse into a career writing for the theatre. As well as an account of the day-to-day life of a writer, he also discusses what an aspiring...

Conversation and Criticism: Audiences and Unfinished Critical Thinking

Matthew Reason

Matthew Reason is Professor of Theatre and Performance at York St John University, UK. Publications include Documentation, Disappearance and the Representation of Live Performance (2006), The Young Audience: Exploring and Enhancing Children's Experiences of Theatre (2010) and, co-edited with Dee Reynolds, Kinesthetic Empathy in Creative and Cultural Contexts (2012). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Theatre Criticism : Changing Landscapes

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2016

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...The conversation takes place between eight of us; sitting in a circle in an upstairs room of the Tramway in Glasgow, just after watching Needcompany’s The Porcelain Project. It is essentially an aftershow conversation, much like the many...

Teh Internet is a Serious Business

Theatre Criticism : Changing Landscapes

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2016

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...Megan Vaughan’s review of the Royal Court production Teh Internet Is a Serious Business was originally published on her blog Synonyms for Churlish on 23 September 2014 (...

How to Think Like a Theatre Critic

Theatre Criticism : Changing Landscapes

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2016

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...This piece was originally written for the Australian literary magazine Island and was published in No. 137 in 2014. At first, you mustn’t think. You arrive at the place assigned for performance. It may be a theatre, it may be a shed...

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Theatre Criticism : Changing Landscapes

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2016

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...This text was first published in Contemporary Theatre Review (online), February 2015 ( http://www.contemporarytheatrereview.org/2015/nota/ ). The selection of notes is published here for the first time...
...On 7 July 2008 at 1:49pm, Canadian theatre critic J. Kelly Nestruck posted a round-up of reviews of the Shaw Festival’s production of A Little Night Music on his Globe and Mail blog. Included amongst the notices was one written...

Do They Mean Me? A Survey of Fictional Theatre Critics

Mark Fisher

Mark Fisher is one of Scotland’s foremost commentators on the arts. With over 25 years’ experience, he is the Scottish theatre critic for The Guardian, a former editor of The List and a freelance contributor to Variety, The Scotsman and Scotland on Sunday. He is the author of The Edinburgh Fringe Survival Guide (“A wonderfully practical but also inspirational book full of good advice” - Lyn Gardner, The Guardian) and the co-editor of Made in Scotland, an anthology of plays published by Methuen Drama. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Theatre Criticism : Changing Landscapes

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2016

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...One of the most memorable sequences in Waiting for Godot (1956) comes in act two as the two tramps Vladimir and Estragon are losing patience with each other. They trade a series of insults that escalate in intensity. Vladimir kicks off...

How To Find Your Voice

Mark Fisher

Mark Fisher is one of Scotland’s foremost commentators on the arts. With over 25 years’ experience, he is the Scottish theatre critic for The Guardian, a former editor of The List and a freelance contributor to Variety, The Scotsman and Scotland on Sunday. He is the author of The Edinburgh Fringe Survival Guide (“A wonderfully practical but also inspirational book full of good advice” - Lyn Gardner, The Guardian) and the co-editor of Made in Scotland, an anthology of plays published by Methuen Drama. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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How To Write About Theatre : A Manual for Critics, Students and Bloggers

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2015

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...Stepping out in public Every critic is a performer. Just as an actor has to hold an audience, keep them gripped, leave them waiting for more, so the critic has to draw in the reader, interest them and engage them. Because your focus...

How To Write The First Sentence

Mark Fisher

Mark Fisher is one of Scotland’s foremost commentators on the arts. With over 25 years’ experience, he is the Scottish theatre critic for The Guardian, a former editor of The List and a freelance contributor to Variety, The Scotsman and Scotland on Sunday. He is the author of The Edinburgh Fringe Survival Guide (“A wonderfully practical but also inspirational book full of good advice” - Lyn Gardner, The Guardian) and the co-editor of Made in Scotland, an anthology of plays published by Methuen Drama. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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How To Write About Theatre : A Manual for Critics, Students and Bloggers

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2015

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...Taking the plunge In the last chapter, we imagined the critic as a performer. If you are new to this role, you are now about to step in front of your public for the first time. You may well have some backstage nerves. The circulation...

How To Write For Your Readers

Mark Fisher

Mark Fisher is one of Scotland’s foremost commentators on the arts. With over 25 years’ experience, he is the Scottish theatre critic for The Guardian, a former editor of The List and a freelance contributor to Variety, The Scotsman and Scotland on Sunday. He is the author of The Edinburgh Fringe Survival Guide (“A wonderfully practical but also inspirational book full of good advice” - Lyn Gardner, The Guardian) and the co-editor of Made in Scotland, an anthology of plays published by Methuen Drama. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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How To Write About Theatre : A Manual for Critics, Students and Bloggers

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2015

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...Consumers or connoisseurs? If you’re the kind of person who reads only one- star and five- star reviews, you are not alone. Many people do the same. The reason for reading a five- star review is easy to guess: we want to find out...