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Like most members of the avant-garde in 20th-century theater, Foreman views theater as a medium in which audiences and performers meet in nonlinear time to experience elements freshly drawn from life. Foreman has refined his writing and directorial techniques for 30 years, mostly with his Ontological-Hysteric Theater, although he has also directed for institutional theaters. The fourth in the excellent "PAJ Books. Art + Performance" series, this definitive collection about Foreman's work contains critical essays, reviews, interviews, and writing by Foreman--including the text of his play My Head Was a Sledgehammer (1994) and a moving essay about growing old in the avant-garde. Unlike Reza Abdoh (subject of volume three of this series, Reza Abdoh, ed. by Daniel Mufson, CH, Dec'99), who dealt passionately with political issues, Foreman deals coolly and humorously with ontological issues in ways that provide insight into the possibilities of theater for all its practitioners. Unfortunately, Rabkin (Rutgers Univ.) does not provide notes identifying the contributors; he does include photographs, chronology, and a selected bibliography. Recommended for any theater collection that supports studies in performance theory at the upper-division undergraduate level and above. R. Sugarman; Southern Vermont College
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