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Theatre 1020 Final Exam Study Guide Chapter 4: Experiencing and Analyzing plays Group Dynamics: the functioning of humans when they come together into groups. Paper the house: the theatre practice of giving away a lot of free tickets to the families and friends of cast members in order to make it appear that the performance is well attended. Most often done on the first night, which is when most critics show up. Willing suspension of disbelief: when we go to the theatre we admit that what is happening is not real and so we put aside our concerns about everyday reality and agree to accept the play’s particular quasi reality, which communicates some perception about everyday reality. Aesthetic distance: the audience ability to remove themselves from a work of art just far enough so that they contemplate it-or even judge it. Distancing enough to be semi-objective o German Playwright Bertlot Brecht believed that and audience’s emotional involvement in the characters and story could cloud their gasp of the play’s message. Created the epic theatre style which shattered traditional stage illusions and constantly reminded the audience that they were sitting in a theatre watching a performance Presentational theatre: makes no attempt to offer a realistic illusion onstage, and the actors openly acknowledge the audience and sometimes even invites members to participate. Representational theatre: actors never acknowledge the audience and go about their business as if there were no audience present at all. All movies and TV shows are and example of this type of theatre. The Fourth Wall: an imaginary wall between the actors audience Audience etiquette:
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o Do not talk o Do not cough o Do not eat o Turn off all cell phones o Be courteous o Do not block the view of others o Go easy on the perfume or cologne o Do not be late o Do not leave until the intermission of until the end o Do not take photos or use recording devices Director’s or playwrights’ note: explains what he or she intended to accomplish with the play. Reviews: sometimes called notices, theatre evaluations of a production that are often published in newspapers or magazines. They can also be broadcast on TV, the radio, or internet. o Main goal is to inform the potential audience members whether the play is, in their opinion, worth attending. Rate a play with a thumbs up or a thumbs down or with stars. Dramatic Criticism: sometimes called criticism. Not meant the draw people to a particular production or warn them away. Not based solely opinion ,instead offers a discriminating, often scholarly interpretation and analysis of a play or work of art. o Appears in quarterlies, academic books, and more sophisticated magazines or newspapers. German romantic playwright, philosopher, and critic Johann Wolfgang von
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