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Theater Appreciation Exam 1
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What kind of criticism did Arostotle mainly write?
What kind of criticism did Horace mainly write?
Who offer an opinion about whether or not an event is worth seeing?
Both a reviewer and a critic
True or false: The bringing together of cultures by population shifts and swift global communication, and the challenges to long-held beliefs characterized by the writings of Charles Darwin, Karl Marx, Sigmund Freud, and Albert Einstein, are reflected in the eclecticism and fragmentation of contemporary theatre.
True or false: Knowledge of the play or playwright is rarely necessary for a successful theatre experience.
True or false: While Broadway theatres are all within the district near Times Square in New York City, the styles of their architecture and types of their stages vary considerably.
True or false: While there is a danger of overanalyzing a play, most critics are able to feel joy and spontaneity and at the same time maintain a critical attitude toward the production
Giacomo Torelli invented the counterweight system for which type of theatre?
True or false: Virtually all primitive forms of theatre used an arena style performance configuration.
True or false: The standard theatre throughout Europe and the United States from the eighteenth century to the early twentieth century was the formal arena stage.
The inns in Spain were called ________, and this name was given to the theatres that developed there.
The main floor of a classic Greek theatre is called the ________.
Horse- shoe shaped tiers where the spectators sit that ring an auditorium
Side pieces of scenery
The place above the stage where scenery was held
Aggressive,politically-oriented theater produced by an activist in the streets
Series of ropes & pulleys that allow heavy scenery to be moved easily
________ devised a system that could be taught to others for achieving the kind of believability demanded by the new realistic drama being written in the late nineteenth century.
In America, the interpretation of Stanislavsky's ideas by Lee Strasberg at the Actor's Studio has caused controversy, because many people feel that he emphasized
only the emotional side of Stanislavsky's technique.
When the performers combine the inner and the outer aspects of acting in a forceful and convincing way, they have used a process known as
Black box theater
A flexible theater that can be converted into different arrangements
General roles recognized by society, such as father, mother, child, police officer, store clerk, teacher, student, business executive, and so on are called
Roles that we assume with our family and friends, such as being a braggart, a martyr, a conspirator, and so on, are called
Acting alternated between exaggerated and more natural styles in
eighteenth- and nineteenth-century English theatre.
Performers would often speak toward the audience during this period, rather than to the character they were addressing on stage, since the theatres were lit as well as the stage and the actors wanted hold on to the audience's attention.
David Garrick acted during which period?
eighteenth- and nineteenth-century English theatre
a performer in seventeenth-century France delivered a line with a flourish at the end in order to prompt the audience to applaud
Molière commented on acting in The Impromptu of Versailles in which period?
seventeenth-century French theatre
Sometimes performers used a claptrap to provoke applause from the audience in which period?
seventeenth-century French theatre
Shakespeare commented on acting in Hamlet, in which period?
Performers wore heavily stylized make-up that was richly colored and textured in which period?
Actresses sometimes wore a silly smile, even in tragic scenes, in which period?
seventeenth-century French theatre
The remembering of a past emotional experience in the performer's life that is similar to the emotion he or she must attain in the play is called ________.
circle of attention
Concentration on some object, person, or event while onstage
Internal or subjective world of the characters
What the character wants above all else during the course of the play
Imagining how the performer would feel in a particular situation
true or false: Lee Strasberg, who headed the Actor's Studio training in New York City for many years, established a style of training known as emotional recall that particularly emphasized a technique for prompting actor emotions that was almost identical to the method that Stanislavsky used later in his career.
true or false: In order to prepare a role properly, the actor or actress should always begin with an outer aspect—a walk, a posture, a peculiar vocal delivery—and then develop the inner life of the character.
________ had a chorus that sang and danced odes.
A performer in seventeenth-century France delivering a line with a flourish at the end in order to prompt the audience to applaud is an example of
In the scene from Death of a Salesman printed in the text, Happy uses _______ to impress a woman he sees in a restaurant
An enemy of credibility in a performance is
The emergence of the director as a separate creative figure can partly be attributed to the
increase in numerous forms of communication, which opened up a world of other cultures to examine and bring to life on stage.
The fundamental action or conflict of the play is called the
A controlling idea, vision, or point of view that the director feels is appropriate to the play is called a directorial
When a performer closely resembles in real life the character to be enacted, this is known as
A ________ is a performance in front of an audience prior to the "official" opening of the play, when the director and the performers discover which parts of the play are successful and which are not.
In the nonprofit theatre, the person or group with the responsibilities of the producer is called the
The movement, pace, and rhythm of a play are NOT affected by the
________ is the term for when characters and their activities are intended to resemble life, but a certain license is allowed
Which of the following is sometimes called "slice-of-life" drama?
A medieval morality play is an example of
Which one of the following is NOT one of Stanislavsky's four broad aims of actor training?
to make certain that an actor focuses on the character's inner life by excluding focus on anything else while on stage
true or false: Although the business of theatre has a distinctly different organization between professional "for profit" and professional "not for profit" theatre entities, the actual artistic structure and process are very similar.
true or false: After a play has had several previews, it often will go back into rehearsal prior to opening.
true or false: When a new play is being given its first production, the director will have a series of meetings with the playwright to iron out problems in the script.
true or false: Prior to 1874, when George II, the duke of Saxe-Meiningen, began supervising every element of his theatrical productions, the function of the director did not exist
the characters and their activities are intended to resemble life, but a certain license is allowed
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