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Unformatted text preview: 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 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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