Theater Appreciation 2

Theater Appreciation 2 - Samantha Hod Theater Appreciation...

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Samantha Hod Theater Appreciation Notes 2 October 26, 2009 Renee Flemings Performance: - one person used singing - great physicality October 28, 2009 She Stoops to Conquer: - Proscenium theater, very large November 2, 2009 The Crucible: - written by Arther Miller - Kohler Mckenzie was in it and played the priest THE GENRES: - Entertainment o Consensus o Short-tern appeal o Goal is to make money o Temporary o Popular appeal - Art o Meaningful aesthetic o Challenge viewer o Not concerned with commerce o Classical o Long-term impact This class focuses on art. Definition of Genre: category of artistic composition marked by distinctive stile - Current theater production are becoming more and more complicated to classify in a specific drama because artists want to stretch the boundaries of what exists and of accepted principles Types of Genres: 1. Comedy o a play of happy nature, lightness of spirit, and amusing dialogue o primary purpose is to make u laugh
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o Elements of comedy Incongruity Unexpectedness Exaggeration o Types of Comedy Slapstick Physical comedy often using abuse o Name comes from Vaudeville o Punch line 2 sticks slapped together o Slapstick comedy seen in old cartoons Sketch Comedy Short and funny skit Complete in itself Usually a series of the things or collection Satire Comedy that uses wit, irony, or exaggeration Humor used to make a point Farce Widely improbable action Actions are extreme Hardest thing to perform as an actor Parody Mockery of style using exaggerated imitation 2. Drama o Representation of real life o Generally serious o Types of Drama Realistic Drama Representation of everyday life with specific attention to detail Specific scenic elements Tennessee William’s Street Car Named Desire Tragedy Serious drama with an unhappy ending usually with death Example is hamlet Greek Tragedies Docudrama A play based on factual events Melodrama Historically, drama used together to tell a tragic Action drives story rather then character Nativity Plays Stories based on the Bible
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Morality Plays Stories to teach morals Example is Veggie Tales 3. Musical o Theatrical style fusing three elements Music Dance Story o Types of musicals Musical Comedy Musical infused with comic characters and situations Opera Entire story is song Uses little or no dialogue Very tragic Luciano Pavarotti Revue Unifying collection of songs, dances, and/or sketches Smokey Joes Cafe 4. Other o These styles are not as popular as the other styles o Ensemble Cast works together as a team Example is Greys Anatomy No real lead or starts o Revival Broadway production of a previously produced show o Reader’s Theater
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This note was uploaded on 11/11/2011 for the course THEATER 211 taught by Professor Jones during the Spring '11 term at Rutgers.

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