5 Written questions
5 Matching questions
- problem play
- regional theatre
- Off Broadway
- a Originally, small experimental theatres that sprang up in the late 1950s outside Times Square to put on plays about current issues. They typically have much smaller houses than Broadway theatres.
- b Permanent, professional theatres located outside New York City.
- c 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.
- d A design style or theatre genre in which a certain piece of scenery, a costume, or light represent the essence of the entire environment.
- e A play that expresses a social problem so that it can be remedied.
5 Multiple choice questions
- Any work of art that is experimental, innovative, or unconventional.
- A genre of theatre that emphasizes the subconscious realities of the character, usually through design, and often includes random sets with dreamlike qualities.
- An art form from the mid-twentieth century in which one or more performers use some combination of visual arts (including video), theatre, dance, music, and poetry, often to dramatize political ideas. The purpose is less to tell a story than to convey a state of being.
- An experimental theatre troupe begun in 1961 that uses giant puppets as well as actors in political parables.
- A style of realism that is expressed through lyrical language.
5 True/False questions
little theatre movement → Inexpensive, noncommercial, artistically significant plays in small, out-of-the-way theatres. In the United States, flourished from the mid-1950s through the mid-1960s.
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.
Realism → A genre of theatre that emphasizes the subconscious realities of the character, usually through design, and often includes random sets with dreamlike qualities.
epic theatre → 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.
happenings → 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.