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26 terms

theater chapters 5 and 13

STUDY
PLAY
proscenium
picture frame stage
arena
circle stage
thrust
stage with three quarter seating
black box
all-purpose theatre space
fourth wall
from idea of the proscenium opening as a transparent glass wall through which the audience looks at the other three walls of a room
house
the auditorium itself
rake
the slant of an auditorium
orchestra
main floor
boxes
horseshoe-shaped tiers that ring the auditorium for several floors above the orchestra
fly loft
above the stage used to hold scenery
couterweight
weights hung on a series of ropes and pulleys balanced the scenery
wings
side pieces moved in and out of the stage picture
stage house
provides for the entrances and exits of the performers as well as for scene changes
skene
type of stage house that has formal doors through which characters entered and excited and served as background for the play
platform stage
arrangement for an outdoor performance
wagon stage
platform on wheels
corrales
theaters developed in Spain
slapstick
raucous, knockabout comedy
farces
exaggerated plot complications and broad physical humor and stereotyped characters
burlesque
knockabout physical humor, gross exaggeration, and vulgarity
satire
uses wit, irony, and exaggeration to attack or expose evil and foolishness
comedy of manners
points up the foibles and peculiarities of the upper classes
comedy of ideas
use of comic techniques to debate intellectual propositions and to further his own moral and social point of view
tragicomedy
a comedy and a serious drama
theatre of the absurd
after WWII, a new type of theatre emerged in europe and the US, Martin Esslin named
existential point of view
existence precedes essence, a person creates himself or herself in the process of living