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Unformatted text preview: from theasthai "to behold" (cf. thea "a view," theates "spectator") + -tron , suffix denoting place. Meaning "building where plays are shown" (1577) was transferred to that of "plays, writing, production, the stage" (1668). Spelling with -re prevailed in Britain after c.1700, but Amer.Eng. retained or revived the older spelling in -er . Generic sense of "place of action" is from 1581; especially "region where war is being fought" (1914). Theatrical "pertaining to the theater" is recorded from 1558; in the sense of "stagy, histrionic" it is attested from 1709. Play -Meaning "dramatic performance" is attested from c.1325. Drama Tragedy Comedy Orchestra Performing arts Props Dialogue Musical theater Music Song Dance Playwright Actor Break a leg Dramatist Opera?...
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This note was uploaded on 03/20/2008 for the course ENGL 202B taught by Professor Wrightelizabeth during the Spring '08 term at Pennsylvania State University, University Park.
- Spring '08