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201 Class 4 - THTR 201 THEATRE APPRECIATION January 20,...

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Unformatted text preview: THTR 201 THEATRE APPRECIATION January 20, 2011 How to See a Play Mediators and Gatekeepers Review from last class Can you answer the following questions? What are the skills necessary to successfully read a play? Do you understand the difference between the obvious action and the inner action of the story presented in a play script? What are the components of basic play analysis? What are the clues that indicate how a play may be classified within the various genres of theatre? Class Discussion: Trifles What character(s) is/are the protagonist and antagonist ? What is the point of attack of the play? Early or late in the story? How is exposition revealed? What are some examples of discovery and/or reversal in the plot? What is the conflict or complication of the play? What is the climax of the play? Todays Goals Learn the differences between analyzing text and performance Learn your responsibilities as an engaged audience member Learn the difference between realism and stylization in theatre Learn the difference between theorists, critics, Goal 1 Learn the differences between analyzing text and performance Reading a play and seeing a play? What is the difference? Why do I need to know how to see a play? If it is a good performance, shouldn't that be enough? Why do I need to be prepared? Anyone can attend a play and enjoy the performance. However, an informed audience member can enjoy the event in a fuller, richer way due to their knowledge of Example: A Football Game Anyone can attend a football game and be entertained and engaged by the social aspects of the event, the excitement created by the game, and the music and spectacle. However, someone that knows the rules of the game, the background of those involved, and the nuances or subtleties of the action has a much richer, fuller experience. Knowing about football makes the experience Reading a play and Seeing a Play: Whats the difference? Plays (as text) come to us as words on a page Reading a play and Seeing a Play: Whats the difference? Plays (as text) come to us as words on a page Performance comes to us through sounds and images, through which we interpret the meaning of the play Reading a play and Seeing a Play: Whats the difference? Plays (as text) come to us as words on a page Performance comes to us through sounds and images, through which we interpret the meaning of the play Text is repeatable, performance is not (one might say it is ephemeral ) Reading a play and Seeing a Play: Whats the difference?...
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