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Senelick, Laurence

Works: 114 works in 405 publications in 2 languages and 15,615 library holdings
Genres: History  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Drama  Sources  Comedy plays  Satirical literature  Biography  Monologues (Drama)  One-act plays  Comedy films 
Roles: Author, Editor, Translator, Other, Interviewee
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works about Laurence Senelick
Most widely held works by Laurence Senelick
The complete plays by Anton Pavlovich Chekhov( Book )

8 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and held by 1,175 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This new translation presents the only truly complete edition of the plays of one of the greatest dramatists in history. This volume contains works that have never previously been translated, including the newly discovered farce The Power of Hypnotism and the first version of Ivanov, as well as Chekhov's early humorous dialogues. It also contains a description of lost plays and those Chekhov intended to write but never did."--Jacket
The changing room : sex, drag, and theatre by Laurence Senelick( Book )

16 editions published between 1998 and 2002 in English and held by 1,045 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Whether it's Ziggy Stardust or a troupe of Kabuki actors, the evocative transvestite performer offers a subliminal homoerotic fantasy and provides the lasting image of the show long after its closing night. Theater historian and critic Senelick synthesizes an array of material from archival research and a lifetime of theater-going to provide a cross-cultural record of cross-dressing on the stage. Pantomimists, dame comedians, principal boys, glamour drag artistes, androgyne rock stars, and male impersonators are traced from their roots in tribal ritual and Christian pageantry to today's forms, capturing the allure and excitement of gender-bending performance: its rebellion, its public spectacle, its amusements, its tragedies, its escapism. Senelick elucidates the dynamic between the theater as both mainstream forum and anti-establishment haven for misfits, ravers, radical activists, and outcasts. With 100 photographs, this book offers a voyeuristic vision of a lifestyle watched by many, but lived by few.--From publisher description
Chekhov's great plays : a critical anthology by Jean-Pierre Barricelli( Book )

1 edition published in 1981 in English and held by 976 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The American stage : writing on theater from Washington Irving to Tony Kushner( Book )

7 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 946 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Here is the story, told firsthand through electric, deeply engaged writing, of America's living theater, high and low, mainstream and experimental. Drawing on history, criticism, memoir, fiction, poetry, and parody, editor Laurence Senelick presents writers with the special knack "to distill both the immediate experience and the recollected impression, to draw the reader into the charmed circle and conjure up what has already vanished." Through the words of playwrights and critics, actors and directors, and others behind the footlights, the entertainments and high artistic strivings of successive eras come vividly, sometimes tumultuously, to life. Observers from Washington Irving and Fanny Trollope to Walt Whitman and Mark Twain evoke the world of the 19th-century playhouse in all its raucous vitality. Henry James confesses his early enthusiasm for playgoing; Willa Cather reviews provincial productions of Uncle Tom's Cabin and Antony and Cleopatra. The increasing diversity and ambition of the American theater is reflected in Hutchins Hapgood's account of New York's Yiddish theaters at the turn of the century, Carl Van Vechten's review of the Sicilian actress Mimi Aguglia, Alain Locke's comments on the emerging African-American theater in the 1920s, and Ezra Pound's response to James Joyce's play Exiles and theatrical modernism. Enthusiasts for the New Stagecraft, such as Lee Simonson and Djuna Barnes, are matched by champions of pop culture such as Gilbert Seldes and Fred Allen. S.J. Perelman lampoons Clifford Odets; Edmund Wilson acclaims Minsky's Burlesque; Harold Clurman explains Stanislavski's Method; Gore Vidal dissects the compromises of commercial playwriting. A host of playwrights-among them Thornton Wilder, Arthur Miller, Tennessee Williams, Lorraine Hansberry, Edward Albee, Wendy Wasserstein, David Mamet, and Tony Kushner-are joined by such renowned critics as Stark Young, George Jean Nathan, Brooks Atkinson, and Eric Bentley. -- Publisher's description
Wandering stars : Russian emigré theatre, 1905-1940( )

9 editions published between 1992 and 1996 in English and Undetermined and held by 841 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Lovesick : modernist plays of same-sex love, 1894-1925 by Laurence Senelick( )

12 editions published between 1998 and 2013 in English and held by 800 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Lovesick brings together an international collection of plays, from Britain, the US, Germany, France and Russia, depicting types of "homosexual" or same-sex love." "Most of these six fin-de-siecle plays are either previously unpublished in English or at all. Each comes enhanced with an editorial introduction and contextual documentation, including contemporary reviews, case histories and illustrations." "Making available a legacy of homosexual dramas of the past, Lovesick is a must-have volume for researchers and students of theatre history and lesbian and gay studies. It will also be of compelling interest to those within comparative literature, cultural studies, and sexology, as well as actors, directors and theatre-lovers."--BOOK JACKET
Cabaret performance by Laurence Senelick( Book )

30 editions published between 1900 and 1993 in English and Undetermined and held by 706 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Chekhov theatre : a century of the plays in performance by Laurence Senelick( Book )

18 editions published between 1997 and 1999 in English and held by 636 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Many now consider Chekhov a playwright equal to Shakespeare. Senelick studies how his reputation evolved, and how the presentation of his plays varied and altered from their initial productions in Russia to recent postmodern deconstructions
Gender in performance : the presentation of difference in the performing arts by Laurence Senelick( Book )

13 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 599 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Russian dramatic theory from Pushkin to the Symbolists : an anthology by Laurence Senelick( Book )

10 editions published between 1981 and 2011 in English and held by 563 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Although younger than most European theatrical traditions, the Russian professional theater has generated an exciting body of criticism and theory which until recently has remained unknown or nearly inaccessible in the West. This anthology presents a selection of important Russian writing on the aesthetics of drama and the theater from 1828 to 1914. The focus of these essays, most published here for the first time in English, is on the so-called Crisis in the Theater of 1904 to 1914, a lively debate between the symbolists and the naturalists that evoked brilliant polemic writing from Meyerhold, Bely, Bryusov, and others. Along with Chekhov's amusing critique of Sarah Bernhardt ("monstrously facile!") and Ivanov's abstruse analysis of the essence of tragedy, the essays form a running commentary on the development of the Russian theater: Pushkin on his predecessors, Gogol on his own work, Belinsky on Gogol, Sleptsov on Ostrovsky and Leskov, Bely on Chekhov's The Cherry Orchard ("enervated people, trying to forget the terror of life"), the symbolists on one another. Each selection is printed in its entirety, with extensive notes, and a lengthy introduction places all the pieces within their historical and cultural contexts to comprise a brief history of Russian dramatic theory before the revolution. This volume is essential reading for all who wish to extend their knowledge of the Russian contribution to theatrical history, theory, and criticism
British music-hall, 1840-1923 : a bibliography and guide to sources, with a supplement on European music-hall by Laurence Senelick( )

20 editions published between 1981 and 2005 in English and held by 538 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Russian theatre after Stalin by A. M Smeli︠a︡nskiĭ( Book )

3 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 525 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Russian satiric comedy : six plays( Book )

2 editions published in 1983 in English and held by 522 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Anton Chekhov by Laurence Senelick( Book )

14 editions published in 1985 in English and held by 517 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

National theatre in northern and eastern Europe, 1746-1900( Book )

17 editions published between 1990 and 2008 in English and held by 508 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Gordon Craig's Moscow Hamlet : a reconstruction by Laurence Senelick( Book )

12 editions published in 1982 in English and Undetermined and held by 493 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The age and stage of George L. Fox, 1825-1877 by Laurence Senelick( Book )

9 editions published between 1988 and 1999 in English and held by 460 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Soviet theater : a documentary history by Laurence Senelick( )

10 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 401 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this monumental work, Laurence Senelick and Sergei Ostrovsky offer a panoramic history of Soviet theater from the Bolshevik Revolution to the eventual collapse of the USSR. Making use of more than eighty years’ worth of archival documentation, the authors celebrate in words and pictures a vital, living art form that remained innovative and exciting, growing, adapting, and flourishing despite harsh, often illogical pressures inflicted upon its creators by a totalitarian government. It is the first comprehensive analysis of the subject ever to be published in the English language
Historical dictionary of Russian theater by Laurence Senelick( Book )

12 editions published between 2007 and 2015 in English and held by 357 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This reference work provides information on Russian popular plays and Russian playwrights and offers details about many people, works, and phenomena omitted from standard encyclopedias. Through a chronology, an introductory essay, a bibliography, an appendix, and hundreds of cross-referenced dictionary entries on directors, stage designers, actors, plays, playwrights, concepts, theater buildings, and troupes, this book provides an account of Russian theater
La cage aux folles by Édouard Molinaro( Visual )

4 editions published in 2013 in French and held by 305 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Renato and Albin, a middle-aged couple and the managers and star performers at a glitzy drag club in St. Tropez, agree to hide their sexual identities, along with their flamboyant personalities and home decor, when the parents of Renato's son's fiancée come for a visit. But with its hilarious performances and ahead-of-its-time social message, there's nothing like the audacious, dazzling original movie
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The complete plays
The changing room : sex, drag, and theatreThe American stage : writing on theater from Washington Irving to Tony KushnerLovesick : modernist plays of same-sex love, 1894-1925Cabaret performanceThe Chekhov theatre : a century of the plays in performanceGender in performance : the presentation of difference in the performing artsThe Russian theatre after StalinRussian satiric comedy : six plays
Alternative Names
Senelick, Laurence P.

لورينس سينيليك، 1942-

English (220)

French (4)