Early glossy enjoying businesses played as much as six various performs per week and fastened new performs frequently. This book seeks to reply to a possible easy query: how did they do it? Drawing upon paintings in philosophy and the cognitive sciences, it proposes that the cognitive paintings of theatre is shipped throughout physique, mind, and international.
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