Joseph Chaikin and Sam

Joseph Chaikin, Author Dutton Books $18.95 (252p) ISBN 978-0-453-00683-5
Daniels, who teaches at Kent State, here collects everything you ever wanted to know (and more) about three collaborations between playwright Shepard and director Chaikin. The slim volume--featuring letters between the two, drafts of plays and Daniels's commentary--benefits from an academic's inclusiveness and a cultist's obsessiveness, yet the whole, surprisingly, exceeds the sum of its parts. The material reveals the plays in question ( Tongues ; Savage/Love ; The War in Heaven ) as collaborative in the best sense: we observe the excitement of dramatist and performers sharing and merging respective influences. However, in limiting himself to written documents, Daniels unfairly, if unintentionally, privileges Shepard; only audiotapes and/or videotapes of performances could fully represent Chaikin's contributions. (Nov.)
Reviewed on: 11/01/1989
Release date: 11/01/1989
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