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Humanities Theater Must Know

STUDY
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Commedia dell-arte
A form of theatrical improvisation developed in the 1500s which includes stock characters and farcical situations
Masks
Theater in the Round
theater where the stage is in the middle of the audience and the performers are surrounded on all sides by the audience
Pygmalion
George Bernard Shaw
professor of phonetics Henry Higgins who makes a bet he can train a Cockney flower girl Eliza Doolittle to pass a a duchess
Porgy and Bess
George Gershwin
opera
African American opera that blends elements of American jazz and folk music
Anton Chekhov
Russian physician and dramatist
wrote The Cherry Orchard
Play about an aristocratic Russian Woman and her family as they return to the family's estate before it is auctioned off. The farm is sold to the son of a former serf, and the family leaving to the sound of the cherry orchard being cut down.
The Philadelphia Story
Phillip Barry
play
Tells the story of a socialite whose wedding plans are complicated by a simultaneous arrival of her ex-husband and an attractive journalist
Stephen Sondheim
Musical Theatre composer
American composer and lyricist
Sweeney Todd, West Side Story, INto the Woods and Gypsy
Cole Porter
Musical Tehatre composer
composer and songwriter
Kiss Me Kate