Places of Performance: The Semiotics of Theatre Architecture

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Cornell University Press, 1989 - Architecture - 212 pages
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"A lucid, well-organized survey of the almost infinite variety of production spaces of western theatre. . . . Carlson's survey must be admired for its wealth of carefully researched and elegantly articulated information concerning the relation of urban planning, architecture, and interior and exterior theatre embellishment to the social, political, economic and occasionally even aesthetic purposes of those responsible for these 'signifiers.'"—Theatre Journal In this generously illustrated volume, Marvin Carlson uses models from architectural and urban semiotics to show how a theatre building and its location within a city reflect society's attitudes and concerns.
 

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Contents

How Do Theatres Meant i
1
The City as Theatre
14
The Jewel in the Casket
38
The Urban Hub
61
Tie Facade Theatre
98
Interior Space
128
Interior Decoration
163
Conclusion
204
Index
209
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