Dramas—originally under church control—didactic allegories in which characters had names of virtues, vices, or other qualities
those who purchased the standing room only tickets to an Elizabethan play; unruly section of a Shakespearean audience
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.
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
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
in an Elizabethean theatre, a space at the back of the stage used for small interior settings
round or octagonal theatres with two or three tiers of thatched roof galleries surrounding an open court on three sides