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William Bordelon Group 6 2/3/10 Study Guide for Chapter 16: “Modern Theatre” Due Wednesday Feb 3 from groups 4, 5, and 6 1. Some vocabulary: In your own words , and in complete sentences, explain what is meant  by the following terms (these are terms likely to appear on a test). a. Problem play A problem play became into use when plays became more political. The  idea behind it was that society must first know there is a problem before  the problem can be solved. b. Box set and fourth wall Box set and the fourth wall being removed was brought about in the early  stages of Realism. It contained a room or rooms with the fourth wall being  removed to give the audience a feeling like they were looking into the  characters’ private lives. c. Avant-garde The term avant-grade can be used to describe any artist or work that is  innovative or unconventional. Some examples of avant-grade are:  symbolism, expressionism, futurism, Dadaism, and absurdism. d. Existentialism Existentialism is a philosophy that ties in the absurdist movement,  although it does not add a certain ray of light to the picture. They believe  people are alone in the world with no purpose or mission, and without God.  They believe that without god, humans can create their own purpose and  meaning. e. Alienation effect
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William Bordelon Group 6 2/3/10 Bertolt Brecht, a German poet, wanted the audience to be conscious and  critical during a performance which today we call the alienation effect.  Spectators could be alienated are estranged from the play and thus  conscious and critical, rather than being lulled into the world of the play. f. Off Broadway Off Broadway refers to the neighborhood theatres that began to spring up  in Manhattan starting in the late 1950s. They brought about the issues of  that day and time.
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