theatrefinal - -Brechtian Techniques -Bertolt Brecht's...

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-Brechtian Techniques -Bertolt Brecht’s Poltical Theatre -Marxist critique of economic and social systems -Brecht’s Marxist view of capitalism: human suffering results from specific economic, political, and military choices -Different choices produce different results -Churchill’s Marxist/Feminist view of business, politics, and patriarchy -Emphasis on change -Theatrical techniques -Based on “A Short Organum for the Theatre” -Theatre for the “scientific age” -“Dramatic” theatre compared to “epic” theatre: spectator- performance relationship -Techniques to achieve critical distance -Episodic plot -Placards and multi-media devices -Song -Familiar stories -“Alienation” effect -Ironic images The Importance of Being Earnest A. Describe the plot and subplot(s), where present. How is time treated in the play? B. Briefly describe the structure of the play: Linear plot structure. C. Identify the setting of the play as described by the playwright: 1890s, London (Act I) and Hertfordshire, a rural county not far from London (Acts II and III) E. Describe the language, sounds, and rhythms of the play: Epigrammatic speech. F. Identify the important visual images in the play: Journals. G. Identify the author and approximate date of first performance: Oscar Wilde, 1890s. The Cherry Orchard A. Describe the plot and subplot(s), where present. How is time treated in the play? Basic Action Linked to Title -Lopákhin buys the cherry orchard -Mme. Ranyévskaya loses the cherry orchard Seasonal Rhythm of the Plot -The cherry orchard is won or lost in 4 acts from May to October -Scenic references in Acts I and IV -Dialogue references -Reminders about the passing of time -Seasonal rhythm can also be expressed as movement from arrival to departure, expectation to disappointment, predictable to unexpected outcome
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-Similar rhythm for characters as love affairs go sour Conventions of Naming -Given name, patronymic name, surname (nickname) Character Relationships -Large cast of characters, each specifically drawn with occasionally peculiar habits -Broad range of social and economic classes, ages -Technique of characterization similar to pointillism in art Non-Aristotelian Elements -Anti-climactic plot structure: things don’t happen -Causal logic breaks down; inexplicable, seemingly random events: -Lopákhin’s “Moo,” Píschik’s pills and sudden wealth, Carlotta’s magic tricks -Letters go unread, news ignored, proposal doesn’t happen -Main events of story happen offstage; stage action shows people waiting -Non-heroic characters -Inarticulate, directionless -No firm sense of self B. Briefly describe the structure of the play: Linear plot with logically arranged events. Acts follow with seasons. C.
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This note was uploaded on 03/30/2008 for the course THEATER AN 120 taught by Professor Kristinhunt during the Spring '08 term at Wisconsin.

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