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Unit Twelve: Theatre Genres
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Developed in Athens around the sixth century B.C.
Deus Ex Machina
An unexpected power or event saving a seemingly hopeless situation, especially as a contrived plot device in a play or novel. "Fate"
A type of theatrical performance where dialogue is interrupted by musical numbers. Example: "Pirates of Penzance" and "Hairspray"
Ridiculous, light comedy; slapstick comedy; absurd thing; mockery. Disappeared when Rome collapsed but reappeared in the Middle Ages and the 19th century.
Came about during the restoration of the monarchy after Cromwellian rule. Made fun of the upper classes.
Andrew Lloyd Webber
English composer and impresario of musical theatre. known for Evita, Phantom of the Opera, and Jesus Christ Superstar.
Wrote lyrics for Evita, Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat, and Phantom of the Opera
A play that pushes the limits of the art by eliminating the distance between actor and audience, trying out new staging techniques, or even question the nature of theatre. Born out of frustration with Western culture during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
An anti-realist form of theatre that seeks to reveal the meaninglessness of human existence. Example: "Waiting for Godot"
Famous actor and Mark Twain impersonator. Does great one person shows.
Worked with Arthur Sullivan in creating musicals
Rodgers and Hammerstein
Composer/lyricist team behind the "King and I" and "Oklahoma"
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