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Commedia dell-arte

A form of theatrical improvisation developed in the 1500s which includes stock characters and farcical situations

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


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
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
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

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