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CLIMAX
The point of highest dramatic interest
The point
CONFLICT
The struggle; opposition of forces
Strug, opp
DENOUEMENT
The solving of problems, after the climax
Solve, climax
EXPOSITION
The presentation of background information
Presentation
FORESHADOWING
A hint of coming disaster
A hint
RISING ACTION
Complications leading to the turning point
Complications leading
THEME
The play's message or abstract concept
The play's
TURNING POINT
The turning point where the protagonist makes a key decision
Protagonist
CATHARSIS
An emotional purgation
Emotion
DRAMATIC IRONY
Awareness of the hero's unawareness
Aware
HUMARTIA
Any tragic flaw
Tragic
HUBRIS
Insolent pride
Inso
TRAGEDY
A play depicting the downfall of the hero
Downfall
UNITIES
Singleness of time, place and action
Singleness
COMEDY
Amuses and has a happy ending
Amuses and
COMEDY OF HUMORS
Has characters that pesonify a trait
Has characters that
COMEDY OF MANNERS
Satirizes the behavior of society (restoration)
Society
FARCE
Consists of wild comedy and slapstick
Wild
THEATER OF THE ABSURD
Reflects life's meaninglessness
TRAGIC COMEDY
Contains tragic and comic elements
has both
DRAMATIS PERSONAE
Characters of the drama
characters in a play listed at the beginning of a play script
DRAMATURGY
The writing or producing of plays
EXPRESSIONISM
A drama that is distorted to reflect a reality
LEGITIMATE THEATER
Live, serious stage drama
PROBLEM PLAY
Drama that deals with social issues
REPERTORY THEATER
A company that alternates its play offerings
permanent company that can put on any of several plays
CLOSET DRAMA
Drama for reading only
NOT ACTED
MASQUE
An elaborate pageant play
Music, dance and elaborate costumes
MORALITY PLAY
A medieval allegorical play
MYSTERY PLAY
A medieval Biblical play
PASTORAL
A play about shepards
VAUDEVILLE
A variety show
CONFIDANT
A friend in whom the hero confides
MELODRAMA
A play with suspense, thrills, and incredible action
POETIC JUSTICE
The rewarding of characters according to deserts
REPARTEE
Quick, witty dialogue in a comedy
SOLILOQUY
Speaking alone or talking to ones self
STOCK CHARACTER
A much-used character type
STOCK SITUATION
A stereotyped plot element
HISTORIONICS
Affected acting
THESPIAN
An actor or tragedian
INGENUE
The innocent, trusting young woman
RAISONNEUR
The reasonable character who speaks for the author
STANISLAVSKI METHOD
Acting from remembered emotion
CHOREOGRAPHY
Creating of dances and ballet
CHORUS
Commentators on the play action
PROCENIUM
The front of the stage
including the curtain
DEUS EX MACHINE
A trick to resolve the plot
PROPERTIES
Stage funiture and articles
CONVENTION
An unrealistic but accepted play device, like poetic dialogue