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Theatre Basics

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1. Any artist or work of art that is experimental - innovative or unconventional; some styles would be symbolism - expressionism - futurism - Dadaism - surrealism - and absurdism

2. Kabuki borrowed many of these movements to make Kabuki acting highly stylized and almost puppet-like

3. Where more experts agree that human beings came into existence

4. Wrote 'high comedies' which were cerebral socially relevant plays that had an intellectual scope so vast they forced audiences to reassess their values; Man and Superman (1903) & The Quintessence of Ibsenism (1891)

5. Second part of a Noh play - protagonist performs a dance that expresses his or her concern

6. Three parts of a Noh play

7. Proclaimed 'God is dead...and we have killed him.'; felt taht absence of God was a tragedy - but believed human beings needed to accept the tragedy and move forward in a world that was unjust and meaningless

8. The sung words

9. People who dismissed Traditional African Theatre because it was so unlike anything they knew

10. One of the most well-known Muslim Playwrights - who uses her plays not only to express herself but also to prompt discussions about such topics as violence against women - religious fanaticism - and female sexual desire

11. Writes the music

12. Islam's holy book - contains a warning about 'graven images' similar to the one in the Bible - prohibition applies to dolls - statues - portraits - and people playing a character

13. French philosopher and playwright; The Flies (1943) & No Exit (1944)

14. French director who stage play The Butchers (1888) with real sides of beef infested with maggots

15. Unstructured theatrical events on street corners - bus stops and anywhere else people gathered

16. Result of western influence - a toned down version of Kabuki - told stories of everyday life - particularly those of women - women played women's parts (whereas Kabuki was all male)

17. Writes the music

18. One of the most important French philosophers of the Age of Reason - wrote and edited the first encyclopedia; was also a dramatist who penned books on the techniques of acting; authored The Paradox of Acting - a book that attached the pompous declama

19. Holds that human beings are naturally alone - without purpose or mission - in a universe that has no God; not a negative - for without God humans can create their own existences - purpose and meaning

20. More serious plot and theme; West Side Story (1957)

21. This happened for the first time during the Restoration

22. Have become living traditions that are handed down from father to son

23. Goethe's most famous Romantic play

24. Winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature (2005); The Dumb Waiter (1957)

25. In Sigmund Romberg's play the king young heir to the throne sacrifices his personal happiness for the good of the kingdom when he sorrowfully pulls himself away from his true love in order to marry a princess whom he does not love

26. One of the most famous Sanskrit dramas - a love story in seven acts written by the playwright Kalidasa

27. One of the most valuable historical records of Indian theatre; an encyclopedic book of dramatic theory and practice; has 37 chapters and covers every aspect of classical Indian drama - also a treatise on dramatic theory and philosophy - states that t

28. Most popular type of theatre during the Restoration; often featured great wit and wordplay and told stories about sexual gratification - bedroom escapades - and humankind's unrefined nature when it comes to sex

29. Showed middle-class characters finding happiness and true love (Enlightenment)

30. First female theatre manager in London; was also an actor and singer; managed first theatre to have a box set; Olympic Theatre in London

31. Elaborate geometrical designs were used for these roles which included supernatural beings - warriors - and bandits; the color of the make-up indicated the character's personality

32. First part had musical numbers with little comic dialogue; second part was full of songs - dance and standup routines; third part featured a one-act play

33. The audience remains alienated from the performance so they could critically consider the play's themes

34. Theatre was not seen as being of value to society - so plays were not an important part of:

35. The time period that glorified humans' power to reason and analyze - a period of great philosophical - scientific - technological - political - and religious revolutions

36. Most famous surrealist and was a French writer and director; studied Asian religions - mysticism - and ancient cultures; declared theatre should should wake the nerves and heart; argued that proscenium arch theatres create a barrier between the audie

37. Including operetta - developed out of intermezzi

38. Comic operas that mixed popular songs of the day with spoken dialogue

39. A form of musical entertainment featuring bawdy songs - dancing women - and sometimes striptease

40. More serious plot and theme; West Side Story (1957)

41. The first all-black show to pay at a top Broadway theatre

42. One of the most popular Kabuki and Bunraku playwrights - who - like Shakespeare - wrote crowd-pleasing plays that combined poetry and prose in dramatic tales of comedy - tragedy - love - and war

43. Wooden clappers used in Kabuki

44. Sell over $1billion worth of tickets annually - majority of those are for musicals

45. First black woman playwright to be producted on Broadway; Raisin in the Sun based of her actual childhood

46. Writers who felt science was not adequate to describe the full range of human experience - and their writings stressed instinct - intuition - and feeling

47. Type of theatre greatly influenced by Buddhism and Shinto; originates in ritual

48. Includes all other forms of drama - from the ancient ritual theatre of Africa to the traditional theatre of Asia to the shadow and puppet theatre of Muslim lands

49. French physicist - mathematician - and philosopher - expressed the essence of Romanticism

50. Named new 'photographic' realism NATURALISM and his phrase 'slice of life' is quoted description of it