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The Komedie Stamboel: Popular Theater in Colonial Indonesia, 1891–1903 (review)

The Komedie Stamboel: Popular Theater in Colonial Indonesia, 1891–1903 (review) reviews THE KOMEDIE STAMBOEL: POPULAR THEATER IN COLONIAL INDONESIA, 1891­1903. By Matthew Isaac Cohen. Athens, OH: Ohio University Press. 2006. 473 pp. 36 black and white illus. 4 black and white maps. Appendix of Plays and Tableaux, Notes, Glossary, Selected Bibliography, and Index. Paper $30.00. The Komedie Stamboel: Popular Theater in Colonial Indonesia, 1891­1903 by Matthew Isaac Cohen may cover only a few years in Indonesia's theatre history, but those dozen years represent a crucial period that helped lay the foundation for a modern Indonesian nation that continues to be reflected today in contemporary Indonesian theatre and film. Cohen details his subject exhaustively and lovingly, giving the reader a vibrant, rich, and absorbing portrait of the founding, development, and influence of the Komedie Stamboel, a Malaylanguage musical theatre troupe founded in 1891 in the booming colonial harbor city of Surabaya on Java's east coast. Cohen, currently a senior lecturer in the Department of Drama and Theatre, Royal Holloway, University of London, has spent decades researching Indonesian performance and is an accomplished Cirebonese wayang kulit dalang (West Javanese rod puppeteer). Using his multilingual skills, he has explored and included every possible research avenue, and, as a result, is able http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Asian Theatre Journal University of Hawai'I Press

The Komedie Stamboel: Popular Theater in Colonial Indonesia, 1891–1903 (review)

Asian Theatre Journal , Volume 25 (1) – Mar 4, 2007

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reviews THE KOMEDIE STAMBOEL: POPULAR THEATER IN COLONIAL INDONESIA, 1891­1903. By Matthew Isaac Cohen. Athens, OH: Ohio University Press. 2006. 473 pp. 36 black and white illus. 4 black and white maps. Appendix of Plays and Tableaux, Notes, Glossary, Selected Bibliography, and Index. Paper $30.00. The Komedie Stamboel: Popular Theater in Colonial Indonesia, 1891­1903 by Matthew Isaac Cohen may cover only a few years in Indonesia's theatre history, but those dozen years represent a crucial period that helped lay the foundation for a modern Indonesian nation that continues to be reflected today in contemporary Indonesian theatre and film. Cohen details his subject exhaustively and lovingly, giving the reader a vibrant, rich, and absorbing portrait of the founding, development, and influence of the Komedie Stamboel, a Malaylanguage musical theatre troupe founded in 1891 in the booming colonial harbor city of Surabaya on Java's east coast. Cohen, currently a senior lecturer in the Department of Drama and Theatre, Royal Holloway, University of London, has spent decades researching Indonesian performance and is an accomplished Cirebonese wayang kulit dalang (West Javanese rod puppeteer). Using his multilingual skills, he has explored and included every possible research avenue, and, as a result, is able

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Published: Mar 4, 2007

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