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THAR 201 FALL 2017 TEST TWO STUDY GUIDE If not in the study guide, it’s not on the test Multiple-choice, multiple-answer, matching, True/False 31 questions, 4 points each, Everything but spring festival 4 questions 4 pts each over Spring Festival 15 questions, 4 points each, over the film "Farewell My Concubine." EARLY CHINESE THEATRE first actor – Ancient Greece or China? (TXTBOOK) o Chinese theatre pre-dates Greece theatre by centuries Just wasn’t written until later- Western World uses what they did as benchmark roots of early performances stock characters o Development/more energy put into architecture of writing a play o Stereotypes that are universal Heroic king, wise counselors, long suffering wives, tyrannical step mothers, greedy merchants, cowardly/bragging soldier, blowhard doctor, clever servant Comedy has a reversal of stock characters Don’t have a whole lot of depth (2D) development of painted face (Pg 561) o Yuan dynasty Not every character, but denotes complexity Emblem of Chinese theatre T’ANG DYNASTY Literate Theatre didn’t start flourishing in China until this dynasty (Playwriting) o Professional acting troupes were sanctioned /school established in palace (Pear Garden) Parallel school for girls: Garden of Perpetual spring (300 students) Grace and elegance in dance movements Actors known as students of the Pear Garden Artistic development including porcelain and poetry the sanctioning of theatres stage was open veranda in like a garden or spot that was particularly lovely/picturesque (very fluid) o Sort of like a gazebo Parallel to development is development of street entertainments (Not upper-class audiences) o Acrobats/story tellers in the villages YUAN DRAMA- “Golden age” of Chinese drama proliferation of new drama, and why or why not? Male and female actors performed roles of either gender Four acts with a “wedge” or interlude between acts Performed in courts and temples and teahouses for the public ONLY protagonist sings Extended narrative along with singing etc.

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