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medium
means by which art form presents its material
selectivity
the key principle of theatre
the focus of the art form in life
deus ex machina
"god from a machine"
any device brought in randomly to solve problems in an end
aesthetic distance
the distance in which we perceive and appreciate a work of art
observed theatre
theatrical technique in which everyone concerned does participate
sociodrama
the members of participating groups explore their own attitudes and prejudices
satire
expose rediculous behavior
talks about trends, general problem
parody
similiar to satire, but relying on a specific known target
dark comedy
ends catastrophically
violation of the rule of "painless" stangeness
domestic comedy
ordinary people, familiar situations
comedy of manners
verbal, aimed at the faults and pecularities of the upper classes
tragic mulatto
white actors playing a serious, sympathetic african american
Luis Valdez
Chicano Theatre
El Teatro Campesino
Zoot Suit
David Henry Hwang
M. Butterfly
Asian-American Theatre
Eve Ensler
The Vagina Monologues
Part of the Feminist Theatre
Gay & Lesbian Theatre
Tony Kushner - Angels in America
non-traditional casting
casting reinforces canonizing works, marginalizes playwrights from under-represented groups
Lorraine Hansberry
A Rasin' in the Sun
African-American Theatre
celebration
tragedies meet this need by giving us admirable victums, sympathy
"celebration" example
Aristotle - "The Poetics"
hamartia
"error" or "miscalculation"
melodrama
exaggerated characters and events
plots arranged to create pity and suspense
present a didactic argument for some moral or social point of view
sensation scenes
grand scenic events
quintessential characters
the model of a group, represents a group
stock character
repedative character
commedia dell'arte
crisis
a moment where a character makes a major decision, which leads to a new direction
intrigue
uncertain outcome
exposition
how we learn the story of the play
gives us details like: who, what, why, when, what is the conflict
episodic structure
big jumps in place and time
subplots
tradegy
fear, pity, and suffering
traditional or classic tradegy
the main characters are people of stature
the central character is caught in a series of inescapable circumstances
malapropisms
words which sound like the right word but have entirely different meanings
pun
use of words with the same sound but have different meanings
comedy of humours
meaning “liquid,” and its use in the medieval and Renaissance medical theory that the human body held a balance of four liquids