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Drama Matching


Used on a final drama exam.

absurd Scene descriptions, instructions
act A "frozen moment"
ad-lib A distinctive class or category of a play
audition To perform in a play
black-box theatre Highly comic, lighthearted, gleefully contrived drama, usually involving stock situations
blocking Or "props"; the furniture and hand held objects used in play productions
callback That which can be construed to have determined a person's behavior
climax The deeper meanings of a character's spoken lines
commedia dell' arte A long unbroken speech in a play
cue Dramatic material that makes fun of a genre
denouement Audience members' identification with dramatic characters
dialogue Emphasizes the symbolic nature of the presentation and abstract possibilities
diction A covering of the face
dimmer The speeches- delivered to each other- of the characters in a play
downstage A line improvised by an actor during a performance
empathy The general principle that the stage should portray, in a reasonable facsimile
environmental theatre The part of the stage closest to the audience
farce The specific staging of a play's movements
genre The point of highest tension in a play
improvisation A play that ridicules social follies
mask An extreme form of realism which advanced the notion that the natural and social environment controlled human behavior
monologue The final scene or scenes in a play
motivation The principal character
naturalism A form of largely improvised masked street theatre
objective Dialogue invented by the actor, often during the performance itself
parody The basic "goal" of a character
plot The electrical device that regulates the current passing through the bulb
properties The events of a play
protagonist Actor's need for articulate speech and clear pronunciation
realism The notion that the world is meaningless
satire The process whereby an actor seeks a role by presenting to a director
scenography After the initial audition the director or casting director will "call back" for additional sometimes many readings
stage directions A rectangular room with no fixed seating or stage area
symbolism Scene design
tableau The last word of one speech that then becomes the "cue" for the following speech
upstage Plays produced not on a conventional stage but in an area where the actors and the audience are intermixed in the same "environment"
subtext A "frozen moment"

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