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Abstraction

An artistic depiction that is different from a literal, photographic representation of the thing depicted, usually by being more generalized, less particular

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Absurdism

A style of drama popularized in France after World War II that viewed human existence as meaningless and treated language as an inadequate means of communication

Authors include Samuel Beckett and Eugene Ionesco

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Acting

Creation of a character in action, through impersonation, for an audience

In formal acting, the actor seeks the truth of theatrical convention; in realistic acting, the actor seeks the truth of everyday life

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Action

According to Aristotle, a causally linked sequence of events, with beginning, middle, and end; the proper and best way to unify a play

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Actor-manager

A starring actor who is head and nominal artistic director of a company

Sir Henry Irving in late 19th century England

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Aesthetics

Study of the nature of beauty

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Afterpiece

A short play that followed the main attraction

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Agent

Professional who represents theater artists for a percentage of their income

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Alley stage

Performance area shape that puts audience on each side, with the performance area, usually a long rectangle, between

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Amateur theater

A producing organization in which most participants are not paid or are paid only token amounts well below professional levels

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Antagonist

The opponent in an agon, or contest; in drama, either of two opponents in conflict, or the character who opposes the protagonist

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Applause

Positive response to performance by clapping hands

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Apron

The part of the stage that extends in front of the proscenium arch

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Arena stage

A stage in which the audience completely surrounds the playing area; also called "theater in the round"

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Art

Activity done for its own ends, separable from both life and practicality, although it may be applied to very practical as well as aesthetic purposes

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Art theater movement

A theatrical movement of the late 19th and early 20th centuries that tried to separate itself from commercial theater and the reliance on box office

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Audience

Those who watch or listen to a performance

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Audition

A session at which a theater artist, usually an actor, displays his or her craft in order to secure a job

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Auditorium

"Hearing place"; audience section of theater

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Avant-garde

Art thought ahead of the mainstream, experimental

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Backdrop

Painted two-dimensional hanging, usually as part of a scenic background

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Balance

On the proscenium stage, the visual equalizing of the two halves of the stage picture as seen from the audience

In any stage moment, the attempt to achieve a sense of equal weight between the people and objects on stage

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Beat

A rhythmic unit in a play

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Beijing opera

Traditional Chinese theatrical form, spectacular, non realistic

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Black theater

A theater movement of the 1960s and after, primarily for black audiences, actors, and playwrights, originally connected with the Black Power movement, a political ideology