Theatre Final Defintions

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alienation effect
Distance from emotional impact of theatre and be intellectually engaged instead
Anagorisis
Moment during play where Protagonist realizes the truth.
Blank Verse
Poetry written in unrhymed iambic pentameter
Catharsis
An intense, twofold felling of pit and fear that is the goal of Greek tragedy
Character Flaw
an inner flaw that hampers a character's good judgment and leads the character to make unfortunate choices; sometimes called "fatal flaw" or "tragic flaw"
Chorus
An all male group of singers and dances who commented on and participated in the action
Comedy of Ideas
A form of high comedy comprising cerebral, socially relevant plays that force audiences to reassess their culture, community, and values.
Comedy of manners
A form of restoration comedy that features wit and wordplay and often includes themes of sexual gratification, bedroom escapades and human-kind's primitive nature when it comes to sex
Dark Comedy
plays with serious themes, and with dark humor
Epic Theatre
Features plays that have a grand scope, large casts, and cover a long period and wide range of sometimes unrelated incidents.
Episode
One scene in an ancient Greek play, alternates with stasimons
Exodus
In accent Greek theatre, the summation by the chorus on the theme and wish dome of the play
Farce
a play filled with ridiculous or absurd happenings; broad or far-fetched humor; a ridiculous sham
Hamartia
Play that leads to a tragic hero's downfall
naturalism
A style of theatrical design and acting whose goal is to imitate real life, including its seamy side. Also called "Slice of Life" theatre
Parados
The entrance of the chorus into the playing area in ancient Greek theatre
performance art
An art form from the mid-twentieth century in which one or more performers use some combination of visual arts (including video), theatre, dance, music, and poetry, often to dramatize political ideas. The purpose is less to tell a story than to convey a state of being.
prologue
A speech, passage, or event coming before the main speech or event
Tragedies of the common man
taking common goods for ourselves; at first we take from others and prevent others from having it, but eventually we just hurt ourselves
Tragic Hero
A literary character who makes an error of judgment or has a fatal flaw that, combined with fate and external forces, brings on a tragedy
Tragicomedy
A drama combining elements of tragedy and comedy
Ballad
A narrative poem written in four-line stanzas, characterized by swift action and narrated in a direct style.
Ballad opera
Made fun of opera; comic plays with songs inserted into them, sometimes popular songs that had nothing to do with plot
Book
for a musical, the spoken lines of dialogue and the plot
burlesque
ludicrous parody or grotesque caricature; humorous and provocative stage show
Comedy number
A song in a musical that provides comic relief.
Comic opera
A style of opera, including operetta, that developed out of intermezzi, or comic interludes preformed during the intermission of operas.
Jukebox Musical
musical that features a particular band's songs
Lyricist
a person who writes the words for songs
Overture
Introductory music
rock musical
A musical that uses rock and roll music, psychedelic rock, or contemporary pop and rock.