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What is the result of a process of examining the nature of something?
Theory
What do performance theories attempt to explain?
The nature of performance itself
What is it when we apply theory to specific instances of something?
Criticism
How places, times, beginnings, middles, and ends are made clear to actors and audiences
Arrangement
What are models made up of theories that help explain or predict a phenomenon?
Paradigms
Performance studies use paradigms to what?
Explain the significance of performances
What does it mean when no two audiences will ever see exactly the same show?
Ephemeral
What is painting, drawing, sculpture, literature and poetry?
Fine arts
What is dance, music, singing and theatre?
Performing arts
How do theatrical performances differ from performances and art?
Objectives, organization, and consciousness
What is theatre?
A performing art
What is the question, problem, or theme that forms the central focus?
Dramatic action
Information about events that occurred before the play
Exposition
Action in play starts
Point of Attack
Occurrence that starts dramatic action
Inciting incident
Resolution or falling action
Denouement
Central character
Protagonist
Chief adversary who opposes protagonist
Antagonist
Brief, quotable sayings
Epigrams
Reference to another work
Allusion
Repeated words that have larger meaning
Imagery
Brief remark to be hear by audience but not other characters
Aside
Name qualities, concepts, or ideas
Abstract
Describe things that can be seen or touched
Concrete
Visual elements in a play (scenery, costumes, lighting)
Spectacle
Comedy of both character and idea
Tartuffe
Representations of male sex organs, symbolizing fertility
Phallic symbols
Lovers, servants, masters
Stock characters
When was melodrama most popular?
19th century
"Music drama"
Melodrama-music is important in heightening emotions
What is the most popular form of theatre in America?
Musical theatre
Conveys character, plot and theme and is the playwright's primary tool
Language
Serious personal misjudgment in the character that leads to the climax in tragedies
Tragic flaw; hamartia
A purging of emotion caused by a tragedy
Catharsis
The most common plot structure in plays
"Climatic" or cause-to-effect structure