Verisimilitude (to be true to life)
No soliloquies, verse, or asides
Present essential features of society by NOT mirroring life
use whatever stylized conventions or linguistic devices necessary
No poetry, radical shift in style, or direct address
characters have reasons for everything
free verse, cliché, nonsense sounds
examination of characters in conflict
explore nature of humanity in conflict with society
poetry/songs come from characters
nameless figures with no backgrounds or motivation
Method style acting
Prior 19th century
theater in the round
removed fourth wall
Method style acting with detailed stages
Flashbacks, changes in mood or shifts in location
Nonrealistic (wouldn't happen in reality)
this is a PLAY, this is a work of ART
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