21 terms

Theatre quiz

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Tragedy
Usually described as a play without a happy ending. But is also means a play in which the playwright makes a statement about human frailty and failing
Comedy
Much more complex then tragedy, and even harder to define; may not involve laughter
Protagonist
Person affected the most by the plot
Functions of Drama
1. To entertain
2. To teach
Plot
The story or plan of action of literary work
Theme
The dominating idea of the play
Character
The central elements (people involved)
Dialogue
The conversational style in the play
Monologue
One person talking for an extended period
Soliloquy
A person thinking out loud
Rapid exchange
Quick lines like in a comedy routine
Aside
When the actor breaks character and talks directly to the audience
Sight
The play's visual images

Set
Costumes
Lighting
Sound
How the play is heard
Voice
Emotions, thoughts, accents
Music
Mood setting scores
Sound effects
Added emphasis
The play structure
How it is put together

One act
Full length
Montage
Content
Was the play worth writing?

Theme
Controversial subject matter
Mood of the play
Characterizations
Can you do the play with the people you have?
Technical aspects of the thatre
Center stage