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pantomime (dumb show)
mimed dramatic performance whose purpose is to prepare the audience for the main action of the play to follow
any established feature or technique in literature that is commonly understood by both authors and readers
technique of arranging events and information in such a way that later events are prepared for, or shadowed, beforehand
moment of greatest intensity in a story, which almost inevitably occurs toward the end of the work
resolution (conclusion or dénouement)
final part of a narrative, the concluding action or actions that follow the climax
part of the play or narrative, including the exposition, in which events start moving toward a climax
point in a drama when the crucial action, decision or realization must be made, marking the turning point of the protagonist's fortunes
three formal qualities recommended by Italian Renaissance literary to critics to unify a plot in order to give it a cohesive and complete integrity
genre using derisive humor to ridicule human weakness and folly or attack political injustices and incompetence
comic genre evoking so-called intellectual or thoughtful laughter from an audience that remains emotionally detached from the play's depictions of the folly, pretense and incongruity of human behavior
comedy of manners
realistic form of comic drama that deals with social relations and sexual intrigues of sophisticated, intelligent, upper-class men and women, whose verbal fencing and witty repartee produce the principal comic effects
In England, the period following the restoration of Charles II to the throne in 1660; reintroduced a strong secular and urbane element back into English literature
comic style arousing laughter through jokes, slapstick humor, sight gags and boisterous clowning
incongruous imitation of either the style or subject matter of a serious genre, humorous due to disparity of the treatment of the subject
form of comic drama developed by guilds of professional Italian actors in the mid-sixteenth century
kind of farce, featuring pratfalls, pie throwing, fisticuffs and other violent actions
form of comic drama in which the plot focuses on one or more pairs of young lovers who overcome difficulties to achieve a happy ending
type of Greek comic play that was performed after the tragedies at the City Dionysia; structure was similar to a tragedy
circular level performance space at the base of a horseshoe-shaped amphitheater where twelve, then later fifteen, young, masked, male chorus members sang and danced the odes interspersed between the dramatic episodes
temporary wooden stage building in which actors changed masks and costumes when changing roles
full facial masks made of leather, linen or light wood, with headdress; allowed male actors to embody the conventionalized characters of the tragic and comic stage
high thick-soled boots worn by Greek and Roman tragic actors in late classical times to make them appear taller than ordinary men
offense committed in ignorance of some material fact (without deliberate criminal intent) and therefore free of blameworthiness
purification; refers to the feeling of emotional release or calm the spectator feels at the end of a tragedy
attempt to reproduce faithfully the surface appearance of life, especially that of ordinary people in everyday situations
held the action within a proscenium arch; only one seat (royal patron or sponsor) enjoyed complete perspectivist illusion
architectural picture frame or gateway that separated the auditorium from the raised stage and the world of the play
type of fiction or drama in which the characters are presented as products or victims of environment and heredity
international literary movement that originated with nineteenth-century French poets; avoided direct statement and exposition in an attempt to achieve a resemblance of music
dramatic style developed between 1910 and 1924 in Germany; used episodic plots, distorted lines and exaggerated shapes to draw an audience into a dreamlike subjective realm
arena theater (theater in the round)
modern, nontraditional performance space in which the audience surrounds the stage on four sides
modern, nontraditional performance space in which actor-audience relationships can be flexibly configured, with movable seating platforms
protagonist who is lacking in one or more of the conventional qualities attributed to a hero
appearance of a comic situation, character or clownish humor in the midst of a serious action
theater of the absurd
post World War II European genre depicting the grotesquely comic plight of human beings thrown by accident into an irrational and meaningless world
plays which explore the lives, problems and occasional triumphs of contemporary women
term describing some American plays of the 1970s and 1980s frankly showing the internal and external forces that shape the lives of unhappy, alienated, dehumanized and often impoverished characters
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