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  1. Bread and Puppet Theatre
  2. performance art
  3. epic theatre
  4. poetic realism
  5. Kafkaesque
  1. a Marked by surreal distortion and senseless danger; a term that comes from the way that Czech writer Franz Kafka (1883-1924) depicted the world.
  2. b A style of realism that is expressed through lyrical language.
  3. c 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.
  4. d An experimental theatre troupe begun in 1961 that uses giant puppets as well as actors in political parables.
  5. e 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.

5 Multiple choice questions

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Small, nontraditional, noncommercial theatres located in storefronts, coffeehouses, churches, and other public spaces in the New York City area.
  4. Unstructured theatrical events on street corners, at bus stops, in lobbies, and virtually anywhere else people gather.
  5. 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.

5 True/False questions

  1. fourth wallAn imaginary wall separating the actors from audience; an innovation of Realism in the theatre in the mid-1800s.

          

  2. The Living TheatrePermanent, professional theatres located outside New York City.

          

  3. Theatre of CrueltyOriginated by Antonin Artaud, stylized, ritualized performances intended to attack spectators' sensibilities and purge them of destructive tendencies.

          

  4. expressionismA style that shows the audience the action of the play through the mind of one character. Instead of seeing photographic reality, the audience sees the character's own emotions and point of view.

          

  5. box setA movement that was ignited by the atrocities of World War I and gained fame through staged performances designed to demonstrate the meaninglessness of life.

          

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