The Compass: The Improvisational Theatre that Revolutionized American Comedy (Centennial Publications of The University of Chicago Press)

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Janet Coleman brilliantly recreates the time, the place, the personalities, and the neurotic magic whereby the Compass made theater history in America. The Compass began in a storefront theater near the University of Chicago campus in the summer of 1955 and lasted only a few years before its players—including David Shepherd, Paul Sills, Elaine May, Mike Nichols, Barbara Harris, and Shelley Berman—moved on. Out of this group was born a new form: improvisational theater and a radically new kind of comedian. "They did not plan to be funny or to change the course of comedy," writes Coleman. "But that is what happened."

"For anyone who is interested in theatre, underground theatre, improvisational theatre, and the sheer madness of trying something new with a repertory group, The Compass will prove a welcome history with fascinating details."—Norman Mailer

"Janet Coleman has done a spectacular job of capturing the history, the almost alarmingly diverse cultural influences, and the extraordinary people who made up the Compass."—Neal Weaver, Los Angeles Village View

"Engrossing. . . . An open window on a part of the theater that should be known."—Arthur Miller

"A valuable chronicle of an important chapter in the history of comedy and theater."—William Wolf, New York Observer

"The eruptive, disruptive talents who made the theater memorable are the same ones who make The Compass a good read."—Jay Cocks, Time

"A moving, inspirational, anecdote-studded feast."—Publishers Weekly

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About the Author:

Janet Coleman is the Professor of Ancient and Medieval Political Thought in the Government Department at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Previously she taught in the Politics Department at Exeter University and for the History Faculty of Cambridge University. She Studied at Yale University and at L'Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes, Paris. Her numerous publications include "The Individual in Political Theory and Practice" (ed. 1996)," Ancient and Medieval Memories: Studies in the Reconstruction of the Pas"t (1992), "Against the State: Studies in Sedition and Rebellion" (1990) and "English Literature in History 1350-1400: Medieval Readers and Writers" (1981). She is co-founder and co-editor of the international journal "History of Political Thought,"

From Publishers Weekly:

Standards for improvisational comedy were set by the Compass Players, a troupe in bohemian 1950s Chicago whose skits satirized American culture and influenced the Second City theatrical revue. ``Although disjointed and episodic, this history of stet cap.pk The Compass and its progeny is ultimately a moving, inspirational, anecdote-studded feast for comedy and show-biz buffs,'' said PW. Photos.

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