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    this article on StumbleUpon Share this article on Delicious Share this article on Digg Share this article on Reddit Share this article on Pinterest Expert Author Stan Goldberg, Ph.d. Who would think there is anything humorous about Dementia? Most people who experience it or their caregivers wouldn't. But humor and improvisation may be a key element to reducing anxiety and creating joy for both you and your loved one. In Part I of this series I discussed some of the facts and myths about Alzheimer's and dementia. In Part II I presented five simple strategies for making concrete the internal rules dementia patients may have problems accessing. In this final part, I'll present an alternative way of interacting based on the principles of improvisational comedy. Stop Correcting My third-grade teacher's main goal in life was to correct every mistake I made--from how I wrote my name to how I drank my milk. It wasn't a joyful year for me. Before I said anything, I wondered how she would respond. I saw the same type of interactions as a hospice volunteer watching paid and family caregivers of dementia patients. "No, Laura, today is not Tuesday. Don't you remember you have your bath on Tuesdays? You had a bath yesterday, right? So yesterday was Tuesday. Isn't that true?" Laura shook her head, and I'm sure she didn't know what she agreed to. And if she did, the correction did little than make her realize how joyless life became. Truth is Overrated There is a belief it's important…

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    When I was starting out in Chicago theater I was fortunate to work with some of the city’s more renowned and well respected actors. I remember two striking exchanges with these actors which changed my view of them, or at least how I viewed myself in relation to their amazing talent. One actor I understudied is a man who is a joy to watch in any play. He is consistently employed around town performing drama and comedies, classical works and Shakespeare, contemporary plays and musicals; he can…

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    The Complete Stanislavsky Toolkit The reading for the approach to the rehearsal process continues. The text discussed the importance of the director and their assistance and guidance during the rehearsal process by establishing the aesthetic. After the discussion on the “Method of Physical actions” we moved to a new discussion concerning “Active analysis.” I personally feel that a lot of the material covered from the reading was previously discussed. The text however notes a few differences in…

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    Mere weeks before the onset of the 1960’s, a group made of mostly University of Chicago alums embarked on a new comedic venture as they opened the doors to Second City Theatre. Little did the audience and players know that the establishment would soon become a pioneering institution in the domain of improvisational theatre and comedy. Charging only one dollar for entry, this counter-culture, new theatre allowed the audience a truly unique experience as they used intelligent humor and audience…

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    This essay combines critical reflection with dramaturgical analysis to uncover some of the ethical questions that arose when working in applied ethnographic theatre with veterans of the US Armed Forces. In the aftermath of 9/11, theatre in the United States has grappled with the ongoing armed conflicts through a number of recent projects and initiatives performed throughout the country, including Basetrack Live (2014), Holding it Down: The Veterans’ Dreams Project (2013), and The Telling Project…

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    "What the film, the comic strip, the TV situation comedy, and burlesque (in the American sense) have been to the twentieth century, the Commedia dell'Arte was to the Renaissance" (Oreglia). Commedia dell'arte which translates to "comedy of arts," was the first professional form of theatrical art. This distinctive form of art first begun in Italy during the early fifteenth century, and thrived with popularity throughout Europe, during the seventeenth century. Commedia dell'arte was termed the…

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    The Italian Renaissance Theatre was from 1400 to 1620. It housed many operas and plays. The most popular performance was the Commedia. This was Farce, or low comedy. It was also known as slapstick for in some of the plays and actor would beat up another with a stick. The stage was designed to be disassembled easily, and was decorated with paintings. In many of the plays mask would be used such as ones you would find in a masquerade ball. Famous characters are categorized as The servants of…

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    From Performing in plays around the world with the National Theatre of the Deaf to sharing a screen with characters such as Oscar the Grouch, Bert, Ernie, and Cookie Monster, Linda Bove has become an inspiration to many Deaf actors and actresses. Born into a Deaf family November 30, 1945, Bove began her education at St. Joseph’s School for the Deaf in the Bronx, New York. From there she continued her education at the Marie Katzenbach School for the Deaf in Trenton, New Jersey graduating later…

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    Although technical theatre is not my cup of tea, I did enjoy learning about some of the things. That is why I am choosing to talk about my two favorite things we discussed this semester: scenic painting and drafting. The first, scenic painting is the one I had the most experience with coming into. To find employment opportunities dealing with scenic painting I went to google and typed in “jobs that require scenic painting.” Surprisingly, I found more than I would have thought. On indeed.com I…

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    the chairs both looked hideous, which fit into the 60s atmosphere. The only thing that I did not think looked good were the lights on the walls of the living room. I thought that they all looked too modern. I really did enjoy the wallpaper that was a very light blue with leaves on it. It was a constant reminder to the audience that the play was titled, The House of Blue Leaves. Otherwise, I think that the Theatre classes did a great job setting them up. Lighting always plays a huge role in…

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