5 Written questions
5 Matching questions
- fourth wall
- poetic realism
- Bread and Puppet Theatre
- The Living Theatre
- a A famous twentieth-century experimental theatre using aesthetically radical techniques to shake up audiences about social and political issues; founded in 1946 by Julian Beck (1925-1985) and Judith Malina (b. 1926).
- b A style of realism that is expressed through lyrical language.
- c An imaginary wall separating the actors from audience; an innovation of Realism in the theatre in the mid-1800s.
- d "Sordid Realism"; a style of theatrical design and acting whose goal is to imitate real life, including its seamy side. Also called "slice of life" theatre.
- e An experimental theatre troupe begun in 1961 that uses giant puppets as well as actors in political parables.
5 Multiple choice questions
- Features plays that have a grand scope, large casts, and cover a long period and a wide range of sometimes unrelated incidents. An innovation by Bertolt Brecht.
- A genre of theatre that emphasizes the subconscious realities of the character, usually through design, and often includes random sets with dreamlike qualities.
- A post-World War II philosophy that sees humans as being alone in the universe, without God, so they are entirely responsible for their destinies.
- Marked by surreal distortion and senseless danger; a term that comes from the way that Czech writer Franz Kafka (1883-1924) depicted the world.
- A design style or theatre genre in which a certain piece of scenery, a costume, or light represent the essence of the entire environment.
5 True/False questions
little theatre movement → Features plays that have a grand scope, large casts, and cover a long period and a wide range of sometimes unrelated incidents. An innovation by Bertolt Brecht.
Dadaism → A movement that was ignited by the atrocities of World War I and gained fame through staged performances designed to demonstrate the meaninglessness of life.
problem play → A play that expresses a social problem so that it can be remedied.
box set → Commonly used in realistic plays, a true-to-life interior containing a room or rooms with the fourth wall removed so that the audience feels they are looking in on the characters' private lives.
absurdism → An avant-garde "ism" that was the result of the two world wars. It has three types: atalist, existentialist, and hilarious.