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Chapter 5 - Jeanne St. Romain November 7, 2007 Theatre 1020...

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Jeanne St. Romain November 7, 2007 Theatre 1020 Chapter 15 Study Guide—Modern Theatre 1. When I hear the words “modern theatre” I think of theatre as it is presented today and as it was presented within the past 100 or so years. I think of theatre which incorporates all of the modern conveniences of life, such as lighting, elaborate sets, intricate costumes, and complex props. I also think of actors using the modern acting methods from both Suzuki and Stanislavski. 2. a. A problem play is a play whose plot involves a problem which can and will be solved. The audience must first understand that the problem does, in fact, exist. b. Box sets and fourth walls lie hand in hand. A box set is a very realistic interior containing one or more rooms with the fourth wall removed in order for the audience to look in on the characters’ private lives.
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Naturalism is a style of theatrical design and acting whose goal is to imitate real life. It is also referred to as “slice of life” theatre. d. Avant-garde can describe any artist or work of art that is experimental, innovative, or unconventional. Surrealism and symbolism are examples of the avant-garde styles. e. Symbolism is a design style or theatre genre in which certain pieces of scenery, a costume, or light represent the essence of the entire environment. f. Expressionism is a style that shows the audience the action of the play through the mind of one character. Instead of seeing photographic reality, the audience sees the character’s own emotions and point of view. g. The Theatre of Cruelty was originated by Antonin Artaud. It showed stylized, and ritual-like performances which were used to attack spectators’ sensibilities and rid them of destructive tendencies. h. Absurdism is an avant-garde style which was the result of the two world wars. It has three types: fatalist, existentialist, and hilarious. i.
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