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realism
Present life as it is, but not all the details are given
genre
classifying plkays into types such as tragedy, comedy, farce, etc.
naturalism
style that attempts to duplicate life or transfer actual life to the stage
satire
gentle mockery (making fun of) for the purpose of reform (changing things)
low comedy
humor that depends of physical actions
derision
making fun of people or institutions for the purpose of reform (changing them)
burlesque
derisive imitation (low comedy) that depends on baetings, accidents and vulgarity for its humor
automaticism
visual or verbal gag that is repeated many times
catharsis
purging or cleaning of emotions, the release of emotional tension
theatricalism
treatment of a play that constantly reminds the audience they are in a theater (not real life)
character comedy
play where humor involves the actions and exxentricites of the central or main character
romantic comedy
a comedy based on the humor of the problems of the hero and heroine and their love for each other
Incongruity
humor by showing different or opposing parts together such as a tennis shoe worn with a formal gown
situation comedy
comedy whose humor comes from putting the main characters in an unusual situation or setting.
surprise
humor through the unexpected
neoclassicism
Popular during Italian Renaissance with a 5 act play that was unified (together)
high comedy
humor through verbal wit that appeals to the intellect or brain
formalism
using the physical appears of the state rather than a designed set. Using only what is necessary
sightlines
line of vision for the audience based on how well they can see the action of the play from their seats
comedy of manners
a play based on the things the upper class does wrong based on accepted manners and morals.
character inconsistency
a comedy that results from a trait that does not fit the character's personality
symbolism
a style that presents life in terms of an allegory (where the story or item has two meanings)
expressionism
a style that shows the audience the personal thoughts and workings of the mind of the character
representational
stage centered, actors do not acknowledge the audience, but try to duplicate real life
romanticism
characterized by freedom, gracefulness, and a belief that all men are good
constructivism
Including in the setting only those elements that are necessary to the action of the play
exaggeration
humor through overstatement and intensification
impressionism
director and designer emphasize one idea through the setting and the script