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Theatre – Review Sheet All in less than 50 questions Playwright: root of the word comes from the MA and means “one who builds” Dialogue: the spoken text of the play, what the actors/actresses say Stage Directions: notes that indicate the physical movements of the characters Parenthetical: short description such as (loving), (angry), or (terrified) to help the actor or the reader interpret a particular line of dialogue Action: the characters deeds, their responses to circumstances, which in turn affect the course of the story Conflict: the key to the movement of a story; the element that qualifies a theatrical work as a “play” Subtext: the hidden meaning behind a line of dialogue; the real reason a character chooses to speak Imagery: descriptive language that evokes sensory experience (in any or all sense modes), and is intended to make the reader feel more interested and more emotionally involved in the work by creating a mental image of the subject. Plot: the casual and logical structure that connects events in a play Plot-Structure: the playwright’s selection of events to create a logical sequence and as a result to distill meaning from the chaos of life Exposition: dialogue about what happened to the characters before the play began and what happens between the scenes and offstage; also called a back-stage Protagonist: in an ancient Greek play, the main actor. Now, the central character who pushes forward the action of a play; also called the hero Antagonist: the character that stands in the way of the protagonist’s goals Catharsis: an intense, twofold feeling of pity and fear that is the goal of Greek tragedy Denouement: the outcome of a play, a short final scene that allows the audience to appreciate that the protagonist, because of preceding events, has learned some great or humble lesson Actor’s Instrument: voice, body and mind on an actor/actress Konstantin Stanislavsky: greatest acting teacher of all time; founded Moscow Art Theatre; taught actors to be more natural onstage by recalling their own emotions and transferring those feelings to their characters; Tadashi Suzuki: Noh & Kabuki form of theatre; trained actors to control their bodies; specifically worked on actors feet so they could express the character through them Empathy, Magic If, Substitution, Given Circumstances, & Motivation: the ability to understand and identity with another’s situation, feelings, and motives so completely that you feel you are experiencing that situation
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and those emotions; allows actors to find similarities between themselves and the character and to explore the resulting emotions and thoughts; when actors have little or no emotional bond with a character, they replace the characters emotions with unrelated but personal emotions of their own; their situation, their problems, and the limits life has places on them; the
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This note was uploaded on 04/26/2009 for the course THTR 1009 taught by Professor Lessley,me during the Spring '07 term at Colorado.

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test2reviewsheet - Theatre Review Sheet Chapters 6-9 Pages...

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