Excerpt: The most common narrative of political theater in drama courses across the United States and perhaps elsewhere is dominated by discussions of Bertolt Brecht's alienation techniques (Verfremdung Effekt) which were meant to jar the audience out of empathy and identification with the characters and to compel them into acts of revolution.
Weiss, Katherine. 2008. Book Review of New Deal Theater: The Vernacular Tradition in American Political Theater by Ilka Saal. South Atlantic Review. Vol.73(4). 172-175. http://www.jstor.org/stable/27784823 ISSN: 0277-335X