By Stephen J. Bottoms
"Scrupulously researched, seriously acute, and written with care, Playing Underground
becomes a vintage account of an period of hard-won loose expression."
"At last---a booklet documenting the beginnings of Off-Off Broadway theater. Playing Underground is an insightful, illuminating, and sincere appraisal of this significant interval in American theater."
-Rosalyn Drexler, writer of Art Does (Not!) Exist and Occupational Hazard
"An epic motion picture of an epic circulation, Playing Underground is a ebook the area has waited for with out figuring out it. How accurately it captures the evolution of our revolution! i'm surprised via the book's scope and scale, and that i bless its writer specially for giving greats, Paul Foster and H. M. Koutoukas, their right, polar areas, and for memorializing such unjustly forgotten masterpieces as Irene Fornes's Molly's Dream and Jeff Weiss's A humorous stroll Home. Stephen Bottoms's bright evocation of the grand experience of Off-Off Broadway has woken and damaged my middle. it truly is tough to think that he used to be no longer there along me to respire the caffeine-nicotine-alkaloid-steeped air."
-Robert Patrick, writer of Kennedy's Children and Temple Slave
Few books handle the mythical age of Nineteen Sixties off-off Broadway theater. thankfully, Stephen Bottoms fills that hole with Playing Underground---the first finished heritage of the roots of off-off Broadway.
This is a theater whose legacy continues to be felt this present day: it used to be the launching pad for plenty of top modern theater artists, together with Sam Shepard, Maria Irene Fornes, and others, and it was once a pivotal effect on improv comedy and indicates like Saturday evening Live.
Off-off Broadway teams resembling the dwelling Theatre, los angeles Mama, and Caffe Cino captured the spirit of nontraditional theater with their edgy, unscripted, boundary-crossing matters. but, as Bottoms discovers, there's no one set of truths approximately off-off Broadway to discover; the complete scene used to be consistently extra an issue of competing perceptions than a novel, concrete reality.
No different writer has controlled to light up this moving tableau as Bottoms does. via interviews with dozens of the era's prime playwrights, performers, administrators, and critics, he finds a countercultural theater stream that used to be either influential and transforming-yet ephemeral and quintessentially of its moment.
Playing Underground could be a definitive paintings at the topic, delivering an entire photo of an incredible yet little-studied interval in American theater.