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Theater Exam 2
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Theoretically, audience response to a design primarily depends on what?
How the basic elements of visual design have been shaped
In which kind of stage is it most likely that small details will go unnoticed?
In which arrangement is the audience seated on at least two but not more than three sides of the stage?
Which of the following is NOT a visual component of production design
Which of the following is a principle of design?
variety, harmony, balance, rhythm
Which of the following is an example of auxiliary spaces?
In a flexible space theatre, the audience seating and performance areas may not be rigidly fixed.
Which of the following is an example of an auxiliary space?
a box office
Which of the following is NOT an aural component of production design?
Although each visual and aural element, considered in isolation, is capable of projecting a message and evoking a response, in actuality these elements are seldom wholly separated from each other.
Dramaturgs have some responsibility for educating the audience.
The Humana Festival in New York stages multiple new plays every year.
One of the primary dramaturgical duties of a literary manager is to do what?
Ask of any play proposed for production: Why this play for this audience at this time?
The Off-Broadway company Playwrights Horizons not only offers twenty to twenty-five readings of new plays each year and awards commissions for the early development of new works, but also:
operates a film-development program with Steven Spielberg's Amblin Entertainment.
Almost all plays that are written for the theatre eventually gain a fully mounted production.
The basic question one asks when considering a play for production is: Why this play for this audience at this time?
The initial act of writing a play is typically a personal and ____________ process.
Although the playwright and the dramaturg serve different function in the theatre:
their work often converges.
Which is NOT considered an "old practice" in terms of play development?
Actors ask for changes to enhance their roles.
Who is considered to be the first dramaturg?
The producer's primary functions are financial and managerial in nature.
Which statement best defines the auteur directorial approach?
The director uses the script as raw material to be reshaped for his or her own purposes.
In an open call, most actors are allowed:
one to two minutes in which to demonstrate their suitability for a role.
After producers have raised the necessary capital for a production, they negotiate contracts with all personnel involved—a difficult process because:
eleven different unions may be involved, representing dramatists, directors and choreographers, performers, musicians, stagehands, and others.
Community theatres usually are arranged so that the chair of the board of trustees is the producer.
At the end of a rehearsal process all of the production elements are added into the performance during technical rehearsal, which is frequently:
the first time the performers have rehearsed in the actual performance space with scenery, lighting, and sound.
Which member of the production team is responsible for running the show at each performance and, during the rehearsal period, for compiling the promptbook?
Stage movement may:
Clarify the situation
Which statement best describes the essential service the producer provides the director?
The producer provides the space, personnel and money the director needs to realize his or her vision.
A producer's responsibilities are most clearly defined:
in the Broadway Theatre
For the actor, a scene's given circumstances include:
who, when, where, and what.
What does an actor doing scene study typically do?
-Identifies the character's desires and actions while breaking the scenes into beats
-Notes changes in tempo and rhythm that the text and type of interaction provides
-Notes how the dramatic action develops in different types of plays
To "endow" an object means to give it an emotional significance and value from the character's perspective.
To "dress the stage" means to move slightly to balance the stage picture.
Actors should find out everything they can about _________________ in advance of technical rehearsals, since this element may enhance some movements or restrict others.
An action is "cheated" if:
It isn't really done, but instead is faked through careful timing and positioning of the actors
In acting training different aspects of performing are singled out for specialized attention, even though the ultimate goal is to:
integrate all elements into a complete depiction of a real human being.
Actors are always expected to be able to:
emphasize stage business and dialogue
What does an actor need to know to understand the role for which he or she has been cast?
-How the role relates to the others in the play
-The scripts themes and implied meanings
-Which character traits are necessary within the dramatic action
-The objectives, actions, and obstacles of the character.
Who created biomechanics exercises that aimed to develop an actor's strength, stability, balance, and dexterity?
A "wagon" is generally used for:
Moving heavy or complex set pieces on and off stage.
Spattering involves simultaneously applying and blending more than one shade of paint on the same surface to give a mottled effect.
Because most scene designers use computer-assisted design or drafting programs to help them in creating or communicating their designs, computer literacy has become increasingly important.
In most theatres, which person sees to it that the scenery is built appropriately?
Which of the following is NOT one of the units included in the basic scenic elements?
Extensive use of three-dimensional units is most common where?
On proscenium stages or in flexible spaces.
Scene designer and Yale School of Drama professor Ming Cho Lee prefers to work in regional or repertory companies because he feels:
that collaboration is most respected in those settings.
Which is NOT part of a theatre's counterweight system?
The ________________________ allows the scene designer to view the setting in use by the actors and stage hands under conditions that approximate performance.
Wood may eventually replace steel because of its greater strength and durability.
If an actor is wearing high-heel shoes they:
exert considerable effect on stage movement AND push the weight forward onto the balls of the feet.
In a dress parade, the actors may be asked to perform characteristic actions or special business to make sure the costumes are fully functional.
The development of the dramatic action can be underscored by changes in what each character wears.
Historically, makeup has been considered the actor's responsibility.
The costumer's working drawing is a:
The typical process of building a stage costume is to: (1) take the performer's measurements, (2) purchase the materials, (3) draft patterns for the cutting and shaping of the material, (4) construct the garment, and (5) fit the garment to the performer.
The makeup ______ serves as a guide for applying makeup.
After the costume designer has studied the play and met with the director and other designers to discuss the production approach, the costume designer begins to create a __________ for the costumes.
Costume designers and actors need to cooperate because each supplements and extends the work of the other.
Costume sketches should indicate how garments are shaped and contain details that inform the cutter, _________, or tailor how the garment should be built.
Specific illumination is
Generated by spotlights.
The lighting designer conveys design through
Which of the following is not one of the elements that lighting designers should understand?
The lighting designer works closely with the ___________ electrician when the equipment is being installed and instruments adjusted.
Which is NOT a controllable quality of light?
Typically, the performance space is available for work on lights a few months prior to technical and dress rehearsals.
Although sound has always played an important role in theatrical production, it is not considered a separate art of design.
Which of the following is NOT a principle of stage lighting?
Simply put, _________ makes the other elements of theatrical production visible
The instrument schedule serves what purpose?
Summarizes in tabular form all of the technical information needed for setting up the lighting instruments
Which character is dead in the café at the beginning of the play?
What similar item of clothing are both Jean and the Other Woman wearing when they meet?
What item does Jean give to Hermia that she says her husband wanted her to have?
Where does Dwight take Jean once he puts the blindfold on her?
the stationery store
Bowling balls fall from the sky during Jean and Dwight's kiss.
What kind of soup did Gordon want?
What was it that Gordon sold?
The Stranger shoots Jean with the gun.
Jean ends the play by putting the cellphone in the casket.
What letter to Jean and Dwight compare themselves to?
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