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Eleventh Edition McGraw-Hill 2016 The newest edition of Cohen’s best-selling introduction to theatre: its nature, history and practical components (acting, directing, playwriting, design, criticism). Also published in abridged form as Theatre: Brief Edition Review Excerpt “Professor Cohen is a phenomenon as rare in the United States as Europe: the author of several books on theatre  …  Read More »

Theatre, Brief Edition

Tenth Edition McGraw-Hill, 2013 A condensation of the full version of Cohen’s best-selling Theatre, which includes all of its chapters on theatrical craft (acting, directing, playwriting, design, criticism), plus those on music theatre, “what is theatre?” and “what is a play,” but compresses the larger edition’s seven chapters on theatre history into two chapters: “Theatre  …  Read More »

Working Together in Theatre

Robert Cohen draws on fifty years of acting, directing and teaching experience in order to illustrate how the world’s great theatre artists combine collaboration with leadership at all levels, from a production’s conception to its final performance. The book provides the techniques, exercises and language that promote collaborative skills. Working collaboratively is vital to successful  …  Read More »

Eight Plays for Theatre

Eight representative plays from the Greeks to the present, six of which are used as historical models in Cohen’s Theatre Sophocles, Oedipus Tyrannos Anonymous, The Plaie Called Corpus Christi: The Beginnings William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet Molière (Jean-Baptiste Poquelin), The Bourgeois Gentleman August Strindberg, Miss Julie Anton Chekhov, The Three Sisters Samuel Beckett, Happy Days  …  Read More »

Machiavelli: the art of Terror

New play by Robert Cohen (Formerly “The Prince”) The play (under the title The Prince) premiered at the California Repertory Theatre in Long Beach and has since been professionally staged at the Pittsburgh Playhouse, the Hayworth Theatre in Los Angeles, the Madach Theatre in Budapest, and has been running since 2011 in the repertory of  …  Read More »

Giraudoux: Three Faces of Destiny

A scholarly analysis of the plays of French dramatist Jean Giraudoux. University of Chicago Press, 1968. “Professor Cohen brings to his analysis of Giraudoux an invaluable theatrical perspective… Giraudoux was an extraordinarily intelligent craftsman and he both merits and benefits from Cohen’s scholarly, sympathetic, and well-written study.” Books Abroad