Costa Rica Entertainment – Patricia Fumero brings us an interesting book, “The Theater of the University of Costa Rica (1950-2012).”
Her contribution to research on the scenic movement in the country, as well as its interaction with public cultural policies, is noteworthy.
The work highlights the role played by this theater, theatrical policy and the center of higher studies ever since the late 1940s. The analysis is way more in depth than the title suggests. It documents, as well as interprets, how amateur student and professional theater collided.
It details the emergence of a paradigmatic artistic manifestation, an important part in Costa Rica’s cultural heritage. This is the author’s newest book, coming after many other great works. This one goes into a less studied period, the prehistory of modern theater in the country.
It lets us in on facts about cultural politics that led to the social democratic period. It shows us theater as a social field of study. It touches on conflicts which should not be forgotten. It is a read that will lead to greater appreciation of the theater we now enjoy.