Theatre 101 Review

Theatre 101 Review - Final Exam Review Sheet The Audience...

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Final Exam Review Sheet The Audience The relationship between performer and audience is live (each is in the other’s presence, in the same place at the same time) the makeup of the audience has a direct bearing on the effect of the experience (demographics). We are always in the presence of a person in theatre (not an image) Theater is a group experience. It is not like a solitude viewing of a painting. The group experience is indispensable, and the group must assemble at one time and one place. It is a common undertaking. ..performance of a play Homogeneity in an audience is crucial. Outside events can also affect the shared experience of audio members. Aesthetic distance is the separation that is needed to perceive and enjoy a work of art Suspension of disbelief refers to the willingness of the audience to overlook the limitations of a medium, so that these do not interfere with the acceptance of those premises. Stage Spaces There are five basic stages: proscenium (picture-frame) stage, arena (circle-stage), thrust (3/4 seating), created and found , and black box (out of which any one of the other four can be created), also raked o The proscenium is the most familiar stage. Term comes proscenium arch , the frame which separates the stage from the auditorium and which was first introduced in Italy during the Renaissance o The arena stage is a more informal, intimate theater environment Began after World War II when a number of theater practitioners decided to break away from formality Audience sits on four sides or in a circle surrounding the stage. Entrances and exits are made through the aisles or tunnels underneath the aisles The audience is generally closer to the actors in an arena stage compared to the proscenium Developed in many places, primarily Greece, England and France o The thrust stage has three-quarters seating U-shaped arrangement has been the most widely used Combines both characteristics of proscenium (focused-stage set), and arena (intimate) Developed by Greeks for their tragedies and comedies o Created (found) stage can be improvised where ever a suitable space can be found. Examples may include staging a performance in a non traditional space such as a basement of a building, a side of a hill or, in the case of a busking troupe, the street. In a similar manner, a makeshift stage can be created by modifying an environment. Adapted space, use the space to fit a play o Black box has an infinite number of theater configurations Seats, lights, platforms, levels-every aspect of such a theater is flexible The Critic
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Descriptive criticism is an attempt to describe as clearly and accurately as possible what is happening in a play or a performance o Aristotle undertook to analyze the tragedies of playwrights (Sophocles, Aeschylus) and “scientifically” described them Prescriptive Criticism means that the critic not only describes what has been done but
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This note was uploaded on 04/18/2008 for the course THR 101 taught by Professor Cardillo during the Fall '08 term at SUNY Stony Brook.

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Theatre 101 Review - Final Exam Review Sheet The Audience...

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