THTR 281 Study Guide (2013-14 Quackenbush)
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- THTR 281 Study Guide (2013-14 Quackenbush)
Last Modified: 2014-06-24
The central conflict and movement through a drama is referred to as the ________ of the play.
When asking "What is being attempted?", the critic is addressing the work of the ____________ and _____________.
Critical criteria includes the question "How well has the attempt ________?"
The last question for critics would be "Was the attempt _______________?"
In modern tragedy, the characters tend to be _____________________.
A “fourth wall theatre” describes a(n) _______________
The ___________ theatrical space utilizes the greatest amount of scenery and stage machinery
Elaborate scenery on/in a(n) ________ is impossible because it would block the view of other audience members.
Most Broadway performance spaces were built with the ________ configuration.
The audience sits on three sides of a _________________
In one form or another, the ________ has been the most widely used of all the theatre spaces.
-Reinforce middle class morality
-Middle class hero/heroine
-More realistic acting/scenery
-Banished spectators from the stage
-More natural acting styles
-Radical subject matter
-No two play wrights were the same in their dramatic structure
-Forerunner of the 19th century Romanticism
-Unified ensemble company
-Strict rehearsal rules with penalties (Handkerchief, sneezing/spitting)
-Actors should address the audience
-Routine blocking patterns
-Careful stage composition
-Never again has the theatre been as popular as it was in the 19th century
-If everything is created from the same absolute being, therefore the study of any one part can reveal truth about the whole
-Duality of all things (Body vs Soul, Physical vs Spiritual, , Infinite vs Finite)
-Artists/Philosophers are the only ones capable of grasping endless diversity of existence and truth (misunderstood genius)
-Music to build tension
-Climactic scene endings
-Elaborate stage effects
-Good vs. Evil
-Each act builds on the previous one
-Resolutions leaves no unanswered questions
-Prose rather than verse (no rhyming)
-Common people rather than extraordinary heroes
-No supernatural figures
-Sexual double standards
-Sexually transmitted diseases
-Characters shaped by their environment and families
-Characters used colloquial (conversational) language
-Individuals struggling with society
-The repression of women
-wrote Seagull and The Cherry Orchard
-outside forces that change people's lives
-intertwine comedy and tragedy
-the comedy does not provide a contrast but increases our awareness of the tragic circumstances
-Large theatrical companies refused to produce new works for fear that they would not make any money off of them
-The arrest of the cast of Mrs. Warren's Profession
- actor's outward behavior should be natural and convincing
- actors should convey inner needs in a believable manner
- character life should be dynamic and continuous
- strong sense of ensemble
- concentration and observation
- importance of specifics
- inner truth
- What? Why? How?
- through line of a role
- ensemble playing
The characters in a comedy of manners were mainly from the _________ class. The audience members were mainly from the ____________ class.
The French dramatic form __________ was a serious play that did not fit the neoclassical definitions of tragedy.
Oliver Goldsmith, who wrote "She Stoops to Conquer," opposed sentimental comedies by writing _____________.
List developments in directing for each practitioner: David Garrick
List significant developments in theatrical architecture and/or design for each century:
Historical accuaracy and speaking to audience
Visually stunning completed set/uses flour
Stock sets w/ candles and sunlight
Emergence of directors Goethe And gamick
Minstrel, burlesque, vaudeville, circus and medicine show
Romanticism, melo drama well-made play
Combination companies, star performers
Box sets, elevator and revolving stage
Realistic plays often tacklesubjects that are taboo, such as economic justice, gender double standards, andreligious hypocrisy. True or False?
_____________ is a main branchof modern Japanese theatre, the word means “new theatre.”