Blood on the Stage, 1975-2000 by Amnon Kabatchnik
Milestone Plays of Crime, Mystery and Detection

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...entertaining material for theater lovers, and a potentially valuable resource to theater historians and those interested in the sociological ambiance reflected in the theatrical productions of our times.
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In Blood on the Stage, 1975-2000: Milestone Plays of Crime, Mystery, and Detection: An Annotated Repertoire, Amnon Kabatchnik provides an overview of the most important and memorable theatrical works of crime and detection of this period. Continuing the work of his previous volumes (1900-1925, 1925-1950, and 1950-1975), Kabatchnik describes more than 80 full-length plays produced in the last quarter of the 20th century, with an emphasis on New York and London performances.

Arranged in chronological order, the productions are all works of enduring importance, pioneering contributions, singular innovations, or outstanding success. Many of the most notable playwrights of the era are represented, including Ariel Dorfman, Larry Gelbart, Ira Levin, David Mamet, Terence Rattigan, Reginald Rose, Sam Shepard, Stephen Sondheim, Aaron Sorkin, and Tom Stoppard. The stories involve murder, theft, chicanery, kidnapping, political intrigue, or espionage, with each entry including a plot synopsis, production data, and the opinions of well-known and respected critics and scholars.

The plays in this era encompass suspenseful melodramas, psychological thrillers, baffling whodunits, and even musicals, including such memorable works as Assassins, City of Angels, Deathtrap, Death and the Maiden, A Few Good Men, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Sweeney Todd, and The Phantom of the Opera.
 

About Amnon Kabatchnik

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Amnon Kabatchnik, now retired, was a professor of theatre at SUNY Binghamton, Stanford University, Ohio State University, Florida State University, and Elmira College. He is the author of the three previous Blood on the Stage volumes: 1900-1925 (2008), 1925-1950 (2009), and 1950-1975 (2011), as well as the author of Sherlock Holmes: A Chronological Encyclopedia of Plays Featuring the Great Detective (2008), all published by Scarecrow Press.
 
Published October 18, 2012 by Scarecrow Press. 647 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Humor & Entertainment, Arts & Photography. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Martin A. David on Oct 18 2012

...entertaining material for theater lovers, and a potentially valuable resource to theater historians and those interested in the sociological ambiance reflected in the theatrical productions of our times.

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