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[THAR 280] - Final Exam Guide - Ultimate 48 pages long Study Guide!


Department
Theatre Arts
Course Code
THAR 280
Professor
christophercole
Study Guide
Final

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THAR 280
FINAL EXAM
STUDY GUIDE
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What is ‘theatre?’
- The art of performance for entertainment and expression
- Live performer, live audience, place
- The ability to experience it together
- Theater only exists in the moment, you’ll never replicate the audience or the
performance
- Absurdism begin in Nazi Germany as a form of rebellion on streets without getting
caught and killed
- Throughout history, the Romans’ plays complain about the wealthy or high strata or “the
1%”
Live Performance
- Performer (any number of people)
- Audience (must have to be considered a performance, must have at least 1)
- Playing Space (doesn’t need to have stage, may be in a bathroom, waiting room, living
room, etc.)
- Text (script will change slightly, includes improvisation, doesn’t need a script, can be
decided by an audience, ex: lectures)
The Performer
- Brings more than what the playwright has on paper
- Sometimes theater just wants to elicit a reaction and get you talking even if you don’t like
that point or play
- Performers: actors, singers, dancers, comedians, mimes, magicians, teachers
The Audience
- Originally geared towards men
- Greek women could not attend because the men thought their brains would boil
and leak out of their ears
- French women could perform but could not attend, some plays even promoted
female independence
- Social, religious, and economical provisions
The Text
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