5 Written questions
5 Matching questions
- fourth wall
- performance art
- a An avant-garde "ism" that was the result of the two world wars. It has three types: atalist, existentialist, and hilarious.
- b An imaginary wall separating the actors from audience; an innovation of Realism in the theatre in the mid-1800s.
- c Any work of art that is experimental, innovative, or unconventional.
- d 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.
- e A post-World War II philosophy that sees humans as being alone in the universe, without God, so they are entirely responsible for their destinies.
5 Multiple choice questions
- Features plays that have a grand scope, large casts, and cover a long period and a wide range of sometimes unrelated incidents. An innovation by Bertolt Brecht.
- 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.
- 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.
- A movement that was ignited by the atrocities of World War I and gained fame through staged performances designed to demonstrate the meaninglessness of life.
- 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.
5 True/False questions
Theatre of Cruelty → Originated by Antonin Artaud, stylized, ritualized performances intended to attack spectators' sensibilities and purge them of destructive tendencies.
The Living Theatre → Permanent, professional theatres located outside New York City.
alienation effect → A style of realism that is expressed through lyrical language.
symbolism → 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.
Off Off Broadway → Small, nontraditional, noncommercial theatres located in storefronts, coffeehouses, churches, and other public spaces in the New York City area.