By Susan J. Owen
This 'Companion' illustrates the power and variety of dramatic paintings 1660 to 1710. Twenty-five essays by means of top students within the box assemble the simplest fresh insights into the entire diversity of dramatic perform and innovation on the time.
• Introduces readers to the new growth in scholarship that has revitalised recovery drama
• Explores old and cultural contexts, genres of recovery drama, and key dramatists, between them Dryden and Behn
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In stark contrast to Rymer, however, Dennis employs in The Usefulness of the Stage the 'didactic' style he promoted in The Impartial Critick. As a result, his criticism is far more organized and systematic than any other late seventeenth-century English critic: it is not conversational like Dryden's, or informal and chaotic like Rymer's. Rather, Dennis's arguments are heavily forecasted, and broken down into sections that examine the 'reason' or logic of Collier's claims and his scholarship. While Collier's other critics expressed amusement over the clergyman's use of critical authority, Dennis showed how Collier misrepresented his scholarly citations just as he wilfully 34 Paul D.
For their part, Restoration actors had to keep audiences involved but at arm's length. When spectators got caught up in a performance, when their participation was not disruptive but supportive, then their reactions - such as applause or cheers after a well-delivered line - became an important part of the entertainment (Powell 1984: 14-19). The Post-1660 Theatres as Performance Spaces 17 W e play it safe. In a modern theatre, we d i m the house lights, and customers quiet down, set their sights on the only thing they can now easily see, the stage, and become Peeping Toms.
British Theatre and the Other Arts, 1660-1800. Washington: Folger Books. Langhans, Edward A. (1981). Restoration Promptbooks. Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press. Langhans, Edward A. (1982). 'Conjectural Reconstructions of the Vere Street and Lincoln's Inn Fields Theatres', Essays in Theatre 1, 14—28. Leacroft, Richard (1973). The Development of the English Pyy^use. London: Eyre Methuen. Lewcock, Dawn (1993^4). 'Computer Analysis of Restoration Staging', Theatre Notebook 47, 20-9 and 141-56; 48, 103-15.