5 Written questions
5 Matching questions
- alienation effect
- regional theatre
- Off Off Broadway
- a Small, nontraditional, noncommercial theatres located in storefronts, coffeehouses, churches, and other public spaces in the New York City area.
- b Marked by surreal distortion and senseless danger; a term that comes from the way that Czech writer Franz Kafka (1883-1924) depicted the world.
- c Permanent, professional theatres located outside New York City.
- d The result of techniques to keep the audience aware that what they are witnessing is only a play; used by Bertolt Brecht. Alienation techniques include having the actors address the audience out of character, exposing the lights, removing the proscenium arch and curtains, and having the actors perform on bare platforms or simple sets that are sometimes punctuated with political slogans.
- e A style that shows the audience the action of the play through the mind of one character. Instead of seeing photographic reality, the audience sees the character's own emotions and point of view.
5 Multiple choice questions
- Any work of art that is experimental, innovative, or unconventional.
- An imaginary wall separating the actors from audience; an innovation of Realism in the theatre in the mid-1800s.
- An avant-garde "ism" that was the result of the two world wars. It has three types: atalist, existentialist, and hilarious.
- An experimental theatre troupe begun in 1961 that uses giant puppets as well as actors in political parables.
- Inexpensive, noncommercial, artistically significant plays in small, out-of-the-way theatres. In the United States, flourished from the mid-1950s through the mid-1960s.
5 True/False questions
Realism → The cultural movement behind theatrical realism, it began around 1850 and popularized the idea that plays could be a force for social and political change.
problem play → Originally, small experimental theatres that sprang up in the late 1950s outside Times Square to put on plays about current issues. They typically have much smaller houses than Broadway theatres.
happenings → Unstructured theatrical events on street corners, at bus stops, in lobbies, and virtually anywhere else people gather.
surrealism → The cultural movement behind theatrical realism, it began around 1850 and popularized the idea that plays could be a force for social and political change.
epic theatre → Permanent, professional theatres located outside New York City.