5 Written questions
5 Matching questions
- little theatre movement
- Theatre of Cruelty
- a "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.
- b Originated by Antonin Artaud, stylized, ritualized performances intended to attack spectators' sensibilities and purge them of destructive tendencies.
- c 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.
- d Unstructured theatrical events on street corners, at bus stops, in lobbies, and virtually anywhere else people gather.
- e A genre of theatre that emphasizes the subconscious realities of the character, usually through design, and often includes random sets with dreamlike qualities.
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.
- 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.
- Commonly used in realistic plays, a true-to-life interior containing a room or rooms with the fourth wall removed so that the audience feels they are looking in on the characters' private lives.
- 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.
5 True/False questions
avant-garde → Any work of art that is experimental, innovative, or unconventional.
Off Off Broadway → Small, nontraditional, noncommercial theatres located in storefronts, coffeehouses, churches, and other public spaces in the New York City area.
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.
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.
Bread and Puppet Theatre → Permanent, professional theatres located outside New York City.