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Homan, Sidney 1938-

Overview
Works: 26 works in 116 publications in 1 language and 7,874 library holdings
Genres: Drama  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Comedy plays  Juvenile works  Film adaptations  Conference papers and proceedings  Fiction  Romance fiction  Illustrated works  Graphic novels 
Roles: Author, Editor
Classifications: PR2827.A2, 822.33
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by Sidney Homan
A fish in the moonlight : growing up in the bone marrow unit by Sidney Homan( )

4 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 1,128 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The storyteller has a fascinating place in our world. Storyteller Sidney Homan tells tales of growing up in Philadelphia in the 1940s and 50s accounts of Bruzzy the Bully; of John Crapp, the television salesman; of Leslie Doober and his rotten banana; of drunken Uncle Eddie, and of the Queen of the mushrooms. Sometimes comic, sometimes bittersweet, A Fish in the Moonlight illuminates the growth of both storyteller and listener
Directing Shakespeare : a scholar onstage by Sidney Homan( Book )

11 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 991 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Other chapters treat a set designer's bold red drapes that influenced the director's concept for Julius Caesar, and the cross-influence of back-to-back runs of Stoppard's Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead and Hamlet."--Jacket
Staging modern playwrights : from director's concept to performance by Sidney Homan( Book )

6 editions published between 2003 and 2004 in English and held by 797 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The audience as actor and character : the modern theater of Beckett, Brecht, Genet, Ionesco, Pinter, Stoppard, and Williams by Sidney Homan( Book )

8 editions published in 1989 in English and held by 693 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Shakespeare's theater of presence : language, spectacle, and the audience by Sidney Homan( Book )

5 editions published in 1986 in English and held by 665 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Shakespeare's personality( Book )

7 editions published in 1989 in English and held by 604 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Beckett's theaters : interpretations for performance by Sidney Homan( Book )

11 editions published in 1984 in English and held by 564 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Shakespeare's more than words can witness : essays on visual and nonverbal enactment in the plays( Book )

8 editions published between 1979 and 1980 in English and held by 500 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Shakespeare and the triple play : from study to stage to classroom( Book )

5 editions published between 1987 and 1988 in English and held by 478 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When the theater turns to itself : the aesthetic metaphor in Shakespeare by Sidney Homan( Book )

11 editions published in 1981 in English and held by 444 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Pinter's odd man out : staging and filming Old times by Sidney Homan( Book )

6 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 338 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Pinter's Odd Man Out records Sidney Homan's experience directing the playwright's Old Times for both stage and television. His most commercially successful play, and surely one of his best, no other work of Pinter's has generated more critical and scholarly commentary - or more varied, sometimes conflicting readings. In the two opening chapters Homan surveys the theatrical and critical history of the play before describing the "generic" world of Pinter that provides the context of Old Times: secluded rooms, their occupants, and the visitor who, in seeking entrance, challenges the room's exclusive yet deceptive serenity; the outside and the threat it poses; the subtext pressing on the dialogue; the power of the past and perception; the "presence" of the play itself; characters who function as artists; the issue of gender; mother and father figures; and the silence of Pinter's pauses. Homan then describes his company's preparations for the performance, ranging from the director's concept, the set, props, costumes, lighting, and music to blocking and the rehearsal period. After his own account of the stage production and the ways in which the audience "taught" the performers through their reactions to and discoveries about the play, Homan turns to his actors (Stephanie Dugan, Thomas Pender, and Sandra Langsner) who, in their own words, describe how they wrestled with the characters of Kate, Deeley, and Anna from rehearsals to performance. A chapter on "The Camera as Guest" records the experience of filming the stage play. Here the focus is on the technological and aesthetic differences between the media of television and the stage, and what effect such differences had on the filmed version of Old Times. To what degree does the camera allow the director to assert more control? What changes in blocking, set, and lighting were required? In an appendix Homan looks at Carol Reed's 1950s film Odd Man Out, which figures prominently in Old Times, and which may have been a source (in a highly flexible use of that term) for the play. On the surface, Pinter's Odd Man Out concentrates on a single play. In reality, it is about the ways in which people in the theatre approach a production, the process they go through from rehearsals to opening night, and the complex interaction among playwright, director, actors, and audience. It also raises the issue of what happens when a work intended for the stage is translated to another medium, such as television. If the book at times suggests that the worlds of the scholar and the theatre professional are different, indeed incompatible in some ways, it also shows how the two professions can learn from each other
Filming Beckett's television plays : a director's experience by Sidney Homan( Book )

8 editions published between 1992 and 1993 in English and Undetermined and held by 242 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Encompassing performance criticism as it emerges from the gamut of activities involved in a production, from conception to filming to audience response, this study underscores the human factor, the intrusion of real-life into Beckett's stark, aesthetically tight dramatic worlds. In Quad, for example, the distinct personalities of the four actors, or "dancers" as the script calls them, somehow managed to resist the precise, dehumanized pacings specified by the playwright. The actor's physical strain in showing no outward emotion, let alone movement, as the off-camera voice berates him, was manifest involuntarily in his face as the camera in Eh Joe makes its nine four-inch moves toward a final close-up
Hitler in the movies : finding Der Führer on film by Sidney Homan( Book )

4 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 155 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Playing offstage : the theater as a presence or factor in the real world by Sidney Homan( Book )

6 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 141 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Fourteen scholars who work on campus or in the theater address this issue of what it means to play offstage. With their individual definition of what offstage could mean, the results were, predictably, varied. They employed a variety of critical approaches to the question of what happens when the play moves into the audience or beyond the physical playhouse itself? What are the social, cultural, and political ramifications? Questions of how and why actors play offstage admit the larger role their production has for the world outside the theater, and hence this collection s sub-title: The Theater As a Presence or Factor in the Real World. Among the various topics, the essays include: breaking the fourth wall and thereby making the audience part of the performance; the theater of political protest (one contributor staged Waiting for Godot in Zuccotti Park as part of the Occupy Wall Street protests); landscape or town theater using citizens as actors or trekking theater where the production moves among various locations in the community; the way principles of the theater can inform corporate management; the genre of semi-scripted comedy and quasi-impromptu spectacle (such as reality TV or flash mobs); digitalized performances of Shakespeare; the role of Greek Theater in the midst of the country s current economic and political crisis; how the area outside the theater became part of the performance inside Shakespeare s Globe; Timothy Leary s Psychedelic Celebrations designed to reproduce the offstage experience of LSD; WilliamVollmann s use of Noh theater to fashion a personal model and process of life-transformation; liminal theater which erases the line between onstage and off. The collection thus complements through actual performance criticism those studies that see the theater as a commentary on issues social, political, economic; and it reverses the Editor s own earlier collection TheAudience As Player, which examined interactive theater where the spectator comes onstage. -- Amazon.com
Comedy acting for theatre : the art and craft of performing in comedies by Sidney Homan( Book )

4 editions published in 2018 in English and held by 70 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Rooted in performance and performance criticism Comedy Acting for Theatre is a textbook which offers a detailed examination of how comedy works, along with advice for the actor sending a comic message, allowing them to better understand the communication of comedy from the point of view of both the performer and the audience. Applying the twin perspectives of theory and performance, the authors analyse a variety of plays, both modern and classic, from writers including Harold Pinter, Tom Stoppard, Christopher Durang, Michael Frayn, among others, as well as an extensive exploration of acting in Shakespeare's comedies. Analysing why we laugh and what we laugh at, and describing how performers can elicit this response from their audience, Comedy Acting for Theatre: The Art and Craft of Performing in Comedies is a detailed and essential handbook for actors seeking to put in memorable - and hilarious - performances"--
A midsummer night's dream by William Shakespeare( Book )

2 editions published in 1970 in English and held by 55 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents the original text of Shakespeare's play side by side with a modern version, discusses the author and the theater of his time, and provides quizzes and other study activities
Five plays for television by Samuel Beckett with variations( Visual )

1 edition published in 1992 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Two different performances of Samuel Beckett's play, Eh Joe. Each performance is followed by on-screen questions for the viewer
Five plays for television by Samuel Beckett with variations( Visual )

1 edition published in 1992 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Three different performances of Samuel Beckett's play, Quad. Each performance is followed by on-screen questions for the viewer
Five plays for television by Samuel Beckett with variations( Visual )

1 edition published in 1992 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Two different performances of Samuel Beckett's play, --but the clouds--. Each performance is followed by on-screen questions for the viewer
Jewish patriots of the American Revolution by Leon Sharlip( Book )

1 edition published in 1995 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

 
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Directing Shakespeare : a scholar onstage
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Alternative Names
Homan, Sidney R.

Languages
English (109)