Dramas—originally under church control—didactic allegories in which characters had names of virtues, vices, or other qualities
a genre of medieval drama based on the events surrounding the crucifixion of Jesus
those who purchased the standing room only tickets to an Elizabethan play; unruly section of a Shakespearean audience
a type of religious drama in the Middle Ages based on stories about saints
speeches in which one actor speaks aloud revealing his or her inner thoughts
Commedia Dell Arte
A form of theatrical improvisation developed in the 1500s which includes stock characters and farcical situations
When the restoration period ended the Licensing Act only permitted the play house to two. All other theaters were illegal thus creating the term.
dressing room, provided actors a variety of entries to the stage: windows, balconies, and two or more large doors.
plays based on stories from the Bible
literature that attempts to represent life as it really is
a literary movement with an emphasis on the imagination and emotions
white actors wearing black face mimicked and ridiculed African American culture, became increasingly popular.
A type of inexpensive variety show that first appeared in the 1870s, often consisting of comic sketches, song-and-dance routines, and magic acts
the idea that the universe is without meaning or rational order that human beings, in attempting to find a sense of order, conflict with it
A type of theater, invented by Brecht, in which major social issues are dramatized with outlandish props and jarring dialogue and effects, all designed to alienate middle-class audiences and force them to think seriously about the problems raised in the plays.
Settings that used color and line to evoke the mood of a place rather than realistic painting
theaters in major American cities other than NY
1. To make the external behavior movement and voice natural and convincing
2. To know and carry out the objectives or inner needs of the character
3. To make the life of the character onstage continuous, with a past, and a future and a life between the scenes onstage
4. To commit to he action and reaction
Lee Strasberg invented as a new technique from the Stanislavski's System
The Imaginary Invalid
A Doll's House
The Cherry Orchard
The Importance of Being Earnest
Cyrano De bergerac
Waiting for Godot
A Streetcar Named Desire
Death of a Salesman
The Odd Couple