This collection in part examines the legacy of the consummate Nigerian stage artist and scholar, Esiaba Irobi (1960-2010). Poems, tributes, and studies cele-brate Irobi's significance as actor, play-wright, director, poet, and theatre theorist. Irobi's life, temper, times, and career are inextricably linked to the history, devel-opment, concerns, and uses of drama and theatre in Africa. The contributions high-light the evolution of autochthonous thea-trical practices: the interaction between Western and indigenous African perfor-mance traditions; colonial/postcolonial government policies and the mutations of drama and theatre (and critical commen-tary); the tensions inherent in postcolonial conceptions of history, identity, nation-hood, and articulations of alternative aes-thetics, pedagogies, and epistemologies for postcolonial African theatre; staging African plays in the West; and the con-stituencies of the contemporary African playwright and director. The strength of these studies derives primarily from nuanced examinations of the concerns and careers of particular African playwrights; the history, offerings, and fortunes of particular theatrical arenas, and close explorations of specific performances and texts. The foregrounding of correspon-dences in the dramaturgies and intellec-tual ferment of the continent critically accentuates equally privileged regional, historical, and other crucial specificities. Situated in time and place while under-scoring the political and intellectual inter-sections of a shared history of colonial-ism, the contributions to "Syncretic Arenas," individually and collectively, reveal the transformations and growing strengths of postcolonialism as an analytical strategy.