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Key Terms Chapter 3 blackface Black makeup used by white performers playing black characters, as in minstrel shows. cross-cultural theatre Theatre that joins contrasting ideas—whether staging techniques or myths and rituals—from diverse cultures into a single work in order to find parallels between cultures and promote cultural pluralism. culture The values, standards, and patterns of behavior of a particular group of people expressed in customs, language, rituals, history, religion, social and political institutions, and art and entertainment. enculturation The process by which we learn about our culture. ethnocentrism The practice of using one’s own culture as the standard for judging other cultures. Harlem Renaissance An African American literary, artistic, and musical movement during the 1920s and 1930s centered in the Harlem neighborhood in New York City. minstrel show Stage entertainment consisting of songs, dances, and comic scenes performed by white actors in blackface makeup; originated in the nineteenth century. multiculturalism The attempt to achieve a pluralistic society by overcoming all forms of discrimination, including racism, sexism, and homophobia. pop culture Short for “popular culture”; the fads and fashions that dominate mainstream media, music, and art for a period of time. stereotypes Generalized assumptions about people who are not like us. theatre of identity Plays by and about a particular culture or ethnic group. theatre of protest Plays that criticize the policies of the dominant culture and demand justice. theatre of the people A type of theatre that provides a forum for everyday people to express themselves. Yiddish Broadway The Jewish theatre district on Second Avenue in New York City in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century.
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Chapter 4 aesthetic distance The audience’s awareness that art and reality are not the same. Closely tied to willing suspension of disbelief . bowdlerize To edit out any vulgar, obscene, or otherwise possibly objectionable material before publication. The origin of the word is Thomas and Harriet Bowdler’s prudishly sanitized edition of Shakespeare’s plays for Victorian-era family consumption. censorship The altering, restricting, or suppressing of information, images, or words circulated within a society. curtain Usually the start of a show, but can also be the end of a show or an act, signaled by the raising or lowering of the curtain. director’s note An article in a play’s program by the director explaining what he or she intended to accomplish; also called a playwright’s note . dramatic criticism A discriminating, often scholarly interpretation and analysis of a play, an artist’s body of work, or a type or period of theatre. fourth wall
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