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Theatre Appreciation

Subject : performing-arts
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1. Space can be manipulated to suit the production

2. Time (play had to take place within a 24 hour period) - place (the whole play must take place in a single location) - and action (single plot)

3. A group of performers working together vocally and physically

4. A>B>C>D

5. Less than 100 people - experimental theatre - not exactly commercial

6. Units of action that build emotional intensity

7. A group of educated men from Oxford and Cambridge Who wrote and performed for the professional public theatre

8. Medea - The Bacchae

9. Units of action that build emotional intensity

10. The Clouds - The Frogs - Lysistrata

11. 'Father of Realism'

12. The standard tool for casting a production

13. Experimental - popular between 1890's-1960's

14. 'New Comedy' wrote The Grouch

15. To see something in a 3 dimensional way

16. An individual that aids the director in researching the play and its historical time period

17. Actors do not acknowledge the presence of an audience

18. The audience seating are 'sitting place'

19. The period of work in which the show is made ready for the stage.

20. Drop in emotional intensity following the climax

21. Six elements - catharsis

22. England's type of theatre

23. Practical considerations - atmosphere - visual images.

24. A drafting of the set as seen from overhead

25. Focused on thought - controversial

26. Italians

27. Blend of union and non-union actors - sometimes housed in non-traditional locations

28. Writer and first actor

29. Someone who writes plays

30. Blend of union and non-union actors - sometimes housed in non-traditional locations

31. An entrance to elevated seating for the audience that runs underneath the audience and comes up to empty to the seating area

32. Feel more in stage acting.

33. Visible light source on stage

34. Space can be manipulated to suit the production

35. Relates to the emotional response that the play creates

36. Artistic decisions meant to communicate a specific interpretation to the audience

37. Thomas Aquinas - literature can be dispersed at a faster rate

38. Reality (violence happens offstage) - morality (needs to teach a moral lesson) - and universality

39. 'The Well Made Play' Credited with writing in between 440-500 plays - featured a melodramatic strategy

40. The Oresteia - only surviving Greek trilogy - added 2nd actor

41. 500-1800 people

42. Occurs when something important is found - learned - or realized - during the action of the play

43. In ancient Greece - a stage house upstage from the circular orchestra

44. Imitation of character and action

45. Linear events progress forward in time

46. A second or later round of auditions to which specific actors are invited

47. In the middle ages - wagons with scenery used in professional staging

48. Audience watches from 3 sides

49. Top of stage

50. 19th century - action - thrillers - domestic stories of love and divorce