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PERFORMING ON THE AMERICAN FRONTIER, 1870-1906 by Roger A. Hall, Cambridge University Press, New York. 281 pp, $54.95 cloth.

THE VAST AMERICAN FRONTIER IS nothing compared to the vast detail of Roger Hall's survey of an all-but-forgotten era of American drama. For an age so overshadowed by its celluloid descendants and ignored by most critics and historians, American frontier drama packed quite a punch of national definition and theatrical contribution, according to Hall. He lovingly and painstakingly recalls the melodramas, thrillers, satires, burlesques and extravaganzas in both their rise to popularity and, finally, critical respect. For the right researcher, this is a treasure trove of information.

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Title Annotation:Performing on the American Frontier by Roger A. Hall
Author:Hart, Sarah
Publication:American Theatre
Article Type:Book Review
Date:Jan 1, 2002
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