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act

one of the main divisions of a play or opera

aside

short speech heard by the audience but not by the other characters in the play

comedy

a literary work which is amusing and ends well

drama

story acted out, usually on a stage, by actors and actresses who take the parts of specific characters

stage directions

a playwright's descriptive or interpretive comments that provide readers (and actors) with info about the dialogue, setting, and action of a play

conventions

unrealistic devices or procedures that the reader (or audience) agrees to accept

monologue

a long, uninterrupted speech (in a narrative or drama) that is spoken in the presence of other characters

scene

a division with no change of locale or abrupt shipt of time

soliloquy

speech, usually lengthy, in which a character, alone on stage, expresses his or her thoughts aloud

staging

the spectacle a play presents in performance, including the position of actors on stage, the scenic background, the props and costumes, and the ligting and sound effects

suspension of disbelief

a willingness to suspend one's critical faculties and believe the unbelievable; sacrifice of realism and logic for the sake of enjoyment

tragedy

in general, a literary work in which the central character meets an unhappy or disastrous end

tragic flaw

weakness or limitation of character, resulting in the fall of the tragic hero

chorus

group of characters in Greek tragedy (and in later forms of drama), who comment on the action of a play without participation in it

recognition

point at which a character understands his or her situation as it really is

foil

a character who contrasts and parallels the main character in a play or story

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