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Theatre Basics

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1. Comedies forced Victorian society to reexamine its hypocrisies; Lady Windermere's Fan (1892) - A WOman of No Importance (1893) - An Ideal Husband (1894); advocated 'art for art's sake'; The Importance of Being Ernest

2. 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

3. A medley of the show's songs played as a preview; usually the beginning of a traditional musical; lets the audience know that it's time to stop talking because the performance is about to begin

4. Goethe's most famous Romantic play

5. Six characters take on life of their own when the playwright fails to complete the play in which they were supposed to appear

6. Thought that inner truths could be hinted at only through symbols; sought to replace the specific and concrete with the suggestive and metaphorical; usually had little plot or action and tended to baffle the audience

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

8. This happened for the first time during the Restoration

9. Africa's greatest living playwright; born in Nigeria; plays combine symbolism - mysticism - beautiful dialogue - and they make strong political points; plays are deeply rooted in African myths - dance - and rituals but also influenced by Western dram

10. Closely tied to ritual - and it uses color - dance - song - and movements to exaggerate - stylize - and symbolically represent life

11. What western theatre is often called:

12. Grew up in poverty and put himself through medical school and set up free clinics in Russia to help the poor; The Seagull (1896) - Uncle Vanya (1899) Three Sisters (1901) & The Cherry Orchard (1904); placed on stage the lazy chaos of lives crushed by

13. A German poet - director and playwright who challenged traditional ideas about theatre; became a communist after watching policement shoot 4 unarmed civilians; The Life of Galileo (1938) - Mother Courage and her Children (1939) & The Caucasian Chalk

14. A blend of melody and drama and refers to the background music often played during these performances

15. The first 'talkie' movie; featured white actor Al Jolson in blackface performing in a minstrel show

16. Peking Opera was dramatically altered when:

17. A program of unrelated singing - dancing and comedy numbers

18. A robust and spectacular version of Noh; named after the characters for 'song' - 'dance' - and 'skill'; created by a woman named Okuni - owner of a brothel

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

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

21. A true-to-life interior containing a room or rooms with the fourth wall removed so that the audience has the feeling of looking in on the characters' private lives

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

23. 'The Father of Realism'; was initially a Romantic writer and his early plays were verse dramas largely based on Norwegian history and folk literature; plays presented complex - sometimes distrubing - views of human society; A Doll's House (1879) - Gh

24. No protagonist; deals with a family of characters who tell many stories at once; the fact that characters on stage take no action may inspire audience members to be motivated for the opposite in real life

25. All lines are sung - usually to grand classical music; Madama Butterfly (1904)

26. The artist imposes his own internal state onto the outside world itself; expressionism is a subjective account of an objective perception; expressionist plays use deliberate set distortion

27. During the Enlightenment there were revolutions in: ... which had a profound effect on theatre

28. Characterized by a light-hearted - fast-moving comic story - whose dialogue is interspersed with popular music; Guys and Dolls (1950)

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

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

31. A synthesis of music - dance - acting - and acrobatics; it was first performed by strolling players in markets - temples - courtyards - and the streets

32. Argued that the prime function of playwrights is to expose the social and moral evils of their time

33. Contemporary form of Sanskrit Theatre - dramatized version of the Hindu epic poems Ramayana and Mahabharata

34. Highlights the insanity of life in a comical way

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

36. Included comic scenes - dance interludes and sentimental ballads all based on white stereotypes of black life in the South

37. Grew out of the theatre of Thespis in Ancient Greece; passed from the Athenians to the Romans to the medieval Europeans

38. 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

39. Plays about the issues of the day that were in Manhattan neighborhoods

40. Life has no purpose and they confused and antagonized audiences by refusing to adhere to a coherent set of principles - mirroring the madness of the world

41. Type of Islamic theatre - religious drama of Iran which allowed for actors - both professional and amateur - and has been performed in open-air playing spaces and on some occasions in specially constructed indoor stages for hundreds of years

42. 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

43. Form of drama that dominated theatre in India for a thousand years; named for the ancient Indian language in which its plays are performed; combine the natural and the supernatural - the believable and unbelievable

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

45. Exposed the squalid living conditions of the urban poor and explores scandalous topics like poverty - venereal disease and prostitution; 'Sordid Realism'

46. Sarcastic label of Scribe's plays; the sympathetic protagonist suffers at the hands of an evil antagonist in the course of intense action - suspense - and contrived play devices; ending is always happy and the loose ends are neatly tied up

47. Elmer Rice; about a man named Mr. Zero Who is fired from his job and replaced by an adding machine

48. Instead of learning how to conjure real emotions - actors of Sanskrit drama studied for many years to learn representations of emotions through:

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

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