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5 Matching questions

  1. regional theatre
  2. expressionism
  3. Off Off Broadway
  4. Bread and Puppet Theatre
  5. fourth wall
  1. a Permanent, professional theatres located outside New York City.
  2. b Small, nontraditional, noncommercial theatres located in storefronts, coffeehouses, churches, and other public spaces in the New York City area.
  3. c A 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.
  4. d An imaginary wall separating the actors from audience; an innovation of Realism in the theatre in the mid-1800s.
  5. e An experimental theatre troupe begun in 1961 that uses giant puppets as well as actors in political parables.

5 Multiple choice questions

  1. The result of techniques to keep the audience aware that what they are witnessing is only a play; used by Bertolt Brecht. Alienation techniques include having the actors address the audience out of character, exposing the lights, removing the proscenium arch and curtains, and having the actors perform on bare platforms or simple sets that are sometimes punctuated with political slogans.
  2. A genre of theatre that emphasizes the subconscious realities of the character, usually through design, and often includes random sets with dreamlike qualities.
  3. 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.
  4. 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. 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 True/False questions

  1. existentialismA 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.

          

  2. poetic realismA style of realism that is expressed through lyrical language.

          

  3. absurdismAn avant-garde "ism" that was the result of the two world wars. It has three types: atalist, existentialist, and hilarious.

          

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

          

  5. avant-garde"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.

          

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