Theater Vocab

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regional theaters permanent, professional, nonprofit theaters offering first-class productions to their audiences
community theaters semiprofessional and experienced amateur groups that present plays that appeal to their specific audiences
site specific theater theater presented in a nontraditional setting so that the chosen environment helps illuminate the text
performance art most often refers to a solo performance created by the performer but also can be a work that mixes visual arts, dance, film, and/or music
visual art these include painting, sculpture, architecture, and photography
performing arts these include theater, dance, opera, and music, where there are live performers and audience members
Nonmediated or live theater theater that is not observed through an electronic medium
spatial arts art forms that exist in space and are created to last over time
temporial arts art forms that exist for only a specific period of time
script (text) the blueprint for a production, the material staged by the various theater artists
director the coordinator all of the elements of a production who is responsible for the unifying vision of a production
willing suspension of disbelief the audience's desire to believe in the reality of what is happening onstage
aesthetic distance the separation of audience member from the performance or art work to experience its aesthetic qualities
critic someone who observes a production and then analyzes and comments on it
reviewer a type of critic who reports on a production and gives a brief opinion about whether or not it is worth seeing
dramaturg the individual works on literary and historical issues with members of the artistic team mounting a theater production
plot as distinct from story, the patterned arrangement in a drama of events and characters, with incidents selected and arranged for maximum dramatic impact. Also, in Elizabethan theaters, an outline of the was posted backstage for the actors.
action according to the greek philosipher Artistotle, a sequence of events linked by cause and effect, with a beginning, middle, and end,. Said by Artistotle to be the best way to unify a play. More gennerally, the central, unifying conflict&movementthroughdrama
conflict tension between 2 or more characters that leads to crisis or a climax: a fundamental struggle or imbalance-involving ideologies, actions, personalities, etc.- underlying a play
obstacle that which delays or prevents the achieving of a goal by a character. An obstacle creates complication and conflict
complication introduction, in a play, of a new force that creates a new balance of power and entails a delay in reaching the climax
crisis point within a play when the action reaches an important confrontation or takes a critical turn. In the tradition of the well-made play, a drama includes a series of crises that lead to the final crisis, known as the climax.
climax often defined as the high point in the action or the final and most significant crisis in the action
climactic structure also referred to as intensive structure. Dramatic structure in which there are few scenes, a short time passes, there are locales, and the action begins chronologically close to the climax
episodic structure also reffered to as extensive structure. Dramatic structure in which there are many scene, taking place over a considerable period of time in a number of locations. Many epidosodic plays also use such devices as subplots

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