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E. C. Mabie, E. L. Hunt
1922 The Quarterly journal of speech  
For some time, I have wished that Mr. H. K. Moderwell would rewrite and make available again his book, " The Theatre of Today," now out of print. Moderwell did not make that revision, but an excellent sequel to his book is Kenneth Macgowan's recently published "The Theatre of Tomorrow." The sequel, like the first volume, deals with the develpoment of technique of dramatic production, with the "new movement" of which Adalphe Appia and Gordon Craig were first theorists and practitioners. The
more » ... titioners. The purpose, in the words of the author, is "to set forth the ideas behind the new stagecraft, the reforms in the physical playhouse, and the changes in the contemporary plays which all point, as I see it, toward a new drama, and to attempt to outline that drama in its broader aspects." The four opening chapters of the book bring down to date what Moderwell had written about recent mechanical and electrical improvements in the stage and about the painter in the theatre. Nevertheless, Macgowan has written with better perspective and with keener critical interpretation than did Moderwell in 1914. Moderwell 's discussions were incomplete and confusing because the critic was too near the events of which he wrote. Macgowan sees all phases of the new movement and emphasizes significant relationships. Moderwell gives but a few lines to the actor in his relation to the new movement. Macgowan devotes a chapter to a discussion of the actor's "reanimation." Moderwell devotes five chapters to a review and an analysis of the intellectual, literary, and social forces out of which "The Theatre of Today" (1914) came. Macgowan interprets the tendencies of yesterday and today and
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