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Introduction

Allen Elizabethan Theater, Oregon Shakespeare Festival

Have you seen a Shakespeare production you would love to review? Are you a scholar, actor, student or passionate theater-goer with a penchant for writing? Searching for reviews of the most recent Shakespeare production at your favorite theater? On this section of the Internet Shakespeare Editions, you can contribute your reviews or read stimulating reviews by established scholars and members of the acting community.

The ISE Chronicle is a unique new platform for Shakespearean performance criticism. It provides, for the first time, a dedicated online space in which theater practitioners, scholars, critics, and members of the public can analyze and interactively discuss contemporary Shakespearean performance. The ISE Chronicle has a dual purpose. Firstly, to raise current awareness, understanding, and enjoyment of Shakespeare as a twenty-first century global theatrical phenomenon. Secondly, the ISE Chronicle represents a substantial and permanent database of informed criticism, accessible to future historians, scholars, actors, theater-goers, and students of Shakespeare in performance. We are especially proud to announce that such distinguished journals as Cahiers Élizabéthains, and EMLS (Early Modern Literary Studies) are permitting the “pre-publication” of reviews that will be published by them.

At the ISE Chronicle you will find reviews of stage productions and recent films. You can

  • browse or search the reviews
  • post a review
  • post a comment on a review
  • rate some of the reviews
  • subscribe to receive email notification for a new review of a particular play
  • search reviews for specific information.

To post a review, to add comments, or to rate some of the reviews, you will need to register as a visitor to this site, then log in as a user. You will see the “Login” link at the top right hand of the page.

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Getting started

To register:

  • Click on the link in top right-hand side of any page within the ISE Chronicle.
  • You will be taken to a special page where you will enter a user id, your email address, and a password.
  • You will be asked to agree to the terms and conditions that apply to all who contribute to the site
  • You will be notified by email when your account is activated and will be asked to click on a link to validate your account.
  • NOTE: you must keep your browser session active while you wait for the email.

Once you have registered, you can log in, using the link at the top right-hand side of the screen, and can participate in reviewing and commenting on other reviews.

If you wish to enter a review from a production or company not yet in our Database of Shakespeare in Performance, you will go to a special page where you will be asked to enter information about the production so it can be added to the database. When it has been added (this may take a few days), you will be able to post your review. Please make information about the production and cast as complete as possible.

Learn more about the ISE Chronicle in the sections on Help and FAQs – click on the links in the sidebar to reach them.

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Message from the Editor

Streamlining the Performance Chronicle. It is now possible to enter a review of a performance immediately, even if it has not been recorded in our database. You will be asked to enter detailed information about the performance (who played which role, which company performed it, and so on). When you have submitted this information you will immediately be able to enter your review.

We look forward to your participation in this exciting experiment in reviewing performance around the world.

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Acknowledgements

Thanks are due to Parissa Agah, who has worked tirelessly to modify the b2evolution software to suit our needs.

Thanks to the Federal Government of Canada for providing a subsidy to permit the hiring of our programmer (Canada Summer Jobs), and to the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council for top-up funding.

Thanks to the University of Victoria and the Innovation and Development Corporation of the University for providing infrastructure and support both for this section of the site and for the Internet Shakespeare Editions as a whole.

Thanks to the University of Warwick, and its associated CAPITAL Centre for providing funding for maintenance of the site.

Thanks to Dr. Paul Prescott, University of Warwick, for serving as our first Editor of the ISE Performance Chronicle.

Thanks to Roberta Livingstone for her direction of graphics, layout, and usability.

Thanks to Michael Joyce, Maxwell Terpstra, Greg Newton, Lindsay Gagel, Peter van Hardenberg, and Kim Shortreed-Webb for their assistance in many different ways.

And as the note at the bottom of each page indicates, thanks to the original b2evolution team.

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