How A Play Is Produced By Karel Capek – 1928

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This instructive little book’ writes Dr. Capek in his introduction, ‘is designed to explain to dramatists, to the public, and to dramatic critics, how a play is produced, and through what transformations it has to pass before it bursts from its chrysalis in all the beauty and spleandourof its first night’

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Pre-owned. It may be mentioned that, just as Sarah Bernhardt in her Art of the Theatre viewed the stage from the standpoint of the actress “for whom the Part is greater than the Whole,” so Dr. Capek, as a dramatist, reserves for actors and producers that subtle irony, which delighted readers of his Letters from England. For his fellow-dramatists, on the other hand, he shows an admirable solicitude, and suggests, inter alia, that those Last Acts (which are invariably picked out by the critics as ‘the one weak part of the play’) should simply not be written at all; they should be cut off on principle, ‘just as the tails of bull dogs are cut off to preserve their beauty.’ Price in shillings inscribed on the first page in light pencil. Some staining, creasing and marking to the dust jacket with some minor tearing and a small piece of it missing. Book has some general wear and tear and some tanning and foxing, but is in good condition for a book of this age. Hardcover. Published by Geoffrey Bles, London 1928

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Weight 0.307 kg