Dramas—originally under church control—didactic allegories in which characters had names of virtues, vices, or other qualities
a genre of medieval drama based on the events surrounding the crucifixion of Jesus
those who purchased the standing room only tickets to an Elizabethan play; unruly section of a Shakespearean audience
a type of religious drama in the Middle Ages based on stories about saints
speeches in which one actor speaks aloud revealing his or her inner thoughts
Commedia Dell Arte
A form of theatrical improvisation developed in the 1500s which includes stock characters and farcical situations
When the restoration period ended the Licensing Act only permitted the play house to two. All other theaters were illegal thus creating the term.
dressing room, provided actors a variety of entries to the stage: windows, balconies, and two or more large doors.
plays based on stories from the Bible
The Imaginary Invalid
plays performed on pageant wagons
a social system whereby peasants worked the land and paid rent to the landowning
small platforms on which short scenes are played
short dramatized scenes assed to the Catholics mass
a form in which dramatists follow the classis unities and write in verse
in an Elizabethean theatre, a space at the back of the stage used for small interior settings
extravagant court entertainments that included dance, music, and poetry
round or octagonal theatres with two or three tiers of thatched roof galleries surrounding an open court on three sides
The Restoration Era
began with the restoration of the British monoarchy in 1660 under Charles II
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