5 Written questions
5 Matching questions
- Theatre of Cruelty
- fourth wall
- The Living Theatre
- epic theatre
- a A famous twentieth-century experimental theatre using aesthetically radical techniques to shake up audiences about social and political issues; founded in 1946 by Julian Beck (1925-1985) and Judith Malina (b. 1926).
- b An imaginary wall separating the actors from audience; an innovation of Realism in the theatre in the mid-1800s.
- c "Sordid Realism"; a style of theatrical design and acting whose goal is to imitate real life, including its seamy side. Also called "slice of life" theatre.
- d 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.
- e Originated by Antonin Artaud, stylized, ritualized performances intended to attack spectators' sensibilities and purge them of destructive tendencies.
5 Multiple choice questions
- 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.
- 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.
- An experimental theatre troupe begun in 1961 that uses giant puppets as well as actors in political parables.
- A style of realism that is expressed through lyrical language.
- A play that expresses a social problem so that it can be remedied.
5 True/False questions
box set → A design style or theatre genre in which a certain piece of scenery, a costume, or light represent the essence of the entire environment.
Kafkaesque → 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.
Off Off Broadway → 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.
performance art → 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.
happenings → 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.