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I bought this book with an interest in learning more about the theory behind performance studies. I am considering a potential career in performance arts but with a late start in the field, so I thought it would be worthwhile to do some "homework." That said, I had already taken a course in college a number of years ago intended as an introduction to performance theory.
I have given up only an hour into the book. While the material is indeed dry, I assumed I wouldn't be too daunted by the content and analytical writing; seeing that I am incorrect, I would NOT attempt this book if not seriously studying performance theory for a degree. The narrator also makes the material seem drier, as he drones on endlessly in a monotonic [and annoying] voice.
The review on the book itself claims that it is a useful text, but again I think it would only serve someone who is working on a doctorate in performance studies.
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I bought this expecting to be exposed to arcane but interesting theories on the nature of theater and performance.
What I discovered was only that the author has a massive and deeply boring gift for the obvious; a good chunk of this book was mundane observations about theater and drama that any audience member could have. Why buy a book by a putative academic that simply repeats what we already know to us?
There were occasional flashes of insight but the author was too reticent to develop or elaborate on them.