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02:50 P. 318-334, p.340-346 In the middle ages, the theatre had gone under ground, and its players had become shady vagabonds who performed  whenever they could find an audience and whenever authorities blinked. The Vatican began to allow theatrical elements into the mass for the purpose of “fortifying” the faith of general populace. Priests were permitted to act as living impersonators of biblical figures in short plays on religious topics.  These impersonations are acted in the vernacular. Playlets-  were first performed during Easter services and were most likely a verision of tropes Tropes- are chanted or sung phrases incorporated into Mass as an embellishment or commentary on a religious lesson Houses (Mansions)- are much like the stations of the Cross that later became standard in Catholic Churches.  Theatre was banned because actors were thought of as living versions of graven images.
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