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German playwright/director/theoretician Bertolt Brecht was one of the defining forces in 20th-century theater. This fine study examines his legacy in the work of contemporary British playwrights Howard Brenton, Edward Bond, Caryl Churchill, David Hare, Trevor Griffiths, and John McGrath and confronts issues that are important to all students and practitioners of theater. Sensitive to the uniqueness of each of the playwrights in her study, Reinelt (California State Univ., Sacramento) demonstrates that Brechtian theory can be modified in many ways by those who share the belief that "politics and aesthetics are inseparably linked." As the loss of government support in England impacts negatively on the work of the playwrights studied here, a new wave of Brechtian influence is emerging in the work of the touring companies Cheek by Jowl and Theatre de Complicite. In the US, where Brecht has had less impact than in England, the widespread success of Tony Kushner's Angels in America suggests that Brecht's influence is still important. Complete with photographs and notes, this well-produced book is recommended for all levels of study; essential in upper-division undergraduate and graduate collections. R. Sugarman; emeritus, Southern Vermont College
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