Tony Pastor Presents: Afterpieces from the Vaudeville Stage

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Greenwood Publishing Group, 1998 - 285 sayfa


Tony Pastor, a vaudeville performer and manager, was known as the Dean of Vaudeville. He is credited with cleaning up the bawdy variety shows of the mid 1800s, resulting in their appeal to women and the middle classes. He opened his first vaudeville house in 1865 and continued to present shows at a series of New York houses until shortly before his death in 1908. He achieved his greatest hits with parodies of Gilbert and Sullivan operettas, but he also presented parodies, or burlesques, of Shakespearean productions and those of contemporary authors, as well as melodramatic works in the popular style of the day. The plays, or afterpieces, and the function they served for both the audience and the theatre, are examined within the context of the culture and conditions under which the plays were written. Thirteen plays are included, each preceded by a production history. Issues addressed in each play are analyzed, such as prevailing societal attitudes, including those toward class and gender. Discourse on the parodies includes an examination of the original play, detailing the reasons why particular sections were chosen to parody.

This examination of Tony Pastor's scripts will appeal to theatre scholars, especially those interested in vaudeville, since until recently the plays were mostly kept in private collections. Students of American culture, particularly culture at the turn of the century, will find valuable material in the plays as they shed light on the daily life of the lower and middle classes, and subsequently on the issues that concerned them. Since the plays were formerly not widely available, this study, including the texts of the original scripts, provides a valuable resource to scholars as well as to those with a general interest in the theatre and vaudeville.

 

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Masaniello or Fish Catcher of Naples
5
The White Crook
33
The Fawn
57
Romeo and Juliet or the Beautiful Blonde who Dyed for Love
79
Macbeth
103
Yeast Lynne or the Humors of Lady Isabel
127
Go West or the Emigrant Palace Car in an Uproar
151
The PieRats of Penn Yann
173
Mysteries of Gotham
183
New York Mechanics
203
Joe Kidd in Fistiana
221
High Life and Low Life or Scenes in New York
241
The Tenth Ward by Day and Night
261
Bibliography
279
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SUSAN KATTWINKEL is an Assistant Professor of Theatre at the College of Charleston in Charleston, South Carolina. /e

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