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Andreini family

Andreini family  

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Italian professional practitioners of commedia dell'arte and related genres. The Tuscan Francesco (1548–1624) embarked on a theatrical career in the late 1570s, and married the young Paduan Isabella ...
applause

applause  

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Spectators' appreciation for performances has often been demonstrated through the clapping of hands. Applause is part of a larger set of social behaviours intimately related to the reception of ...
Bandō Tamasaburō V

Bandō Tamasaburō V  

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(1950– )Japanese onnagata (female-gender role specialist) in kabuki and shimpa, and choreographer. He was adopted into the kabuki family of Morita Kanya in 1956, and Nakamura Utaemon VI, the foremost ...
boy actor

boy actor  

No professional actresses appeared on the English stage before 1660. All the female roles in Shakespeare's plays were originally played by male actors. This is no doubt one explanation of the ...
carnival

carnival  

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A period of public revelry at a regular time each year, as during the week before Lent in Roman Catholic countries, involving processions, music, dancing, and the use of masquerade. Recorded from the ...
Caryl Churchill

Caryl Churchill  

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(1938– ),playwright, born in London, and educated at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford. Most of her plays, predominantly radical and feminist in tone, have been performed at the Royal Court Theatre, in ...
Diana Raznovich

Diana Raznovich  

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(1945– )Argentinian playwright and cartoonist, author of some sixteen plays performed throughout Europe and the Americas. After exile in Spain, she reappeared in 1981 with Disconcerted (Teatro ...
Dunduzu Chisiza, Jr.

Dunduzu Chisiza, Jr.  

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(1963–99)Malawian actor, playwright, and director. In 1983 he founded Wakhumbata Ensemble Theatre and built it into Malawi's only professional troupe. A prolific playwright, several of his over ...
Enid Bagnold

Enid Bagnold  

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(1889–1981),novelist and playwright, moved in artistic and Bohemian circles, writing several novels, of which the best known was National Velvet (1935, filmed 1944 with Elizabeth Taylor as the girl ...
gay theatre and performance

gay theatre and performance  

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Theatrical production conceived and performed by gay men for gay audiences. In America, the movement is usually linked to the establishment of Off- and Off-Off-Broadway in the 1960s such as ...
Heiner Müller

Heiner Müller  

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(1929–1995 ),playwright of the German Democratic Republic, whose first plays, Der Lohndrücker (The Scab, 1950) and Die Korrektur (The Correction, 1958), were propaganda works in the style of Brecht ...
historiography

historiography  

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Historians practice the craft of historical research and writing according to some basic procedures and models that exist within the scholarly discipline. In varying degrees of attention and ...
Leilah Assunçao

Leilah Assunçao  

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(1943– )Brazilian playwright. Assunçao's work treats the changing condition of middle-class women, the family, and gender relations in increasing urban chaos. Her most successful play, Fala baixo, ...
lesbian theatre

lesbian theatre  

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Although history contains many examples of women who displayed homoerotic attachments both on and off the stage, the social category ‘lesbian’ did not emerge until the late nineteenth century. ...
Liz Lochhead

Liz Lochhead  

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(1947– ),Scottish poet and dramatist. Born in Motherwell, Lanarkshire, she studied at the Glasgow School of Art. Her characteristically ironic style as a poet is displayed in collections such as Memo ...
Lorae Parry

Lorae Parry  

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(1955– )New Zealand performer and playwright. Born in Australia, Parry trained as an actor in New Zealand and has developed as a powerful feminist playwright and comedian. Early plays such ...
Louise Page

Louise Page  

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(1955– )English playwright. Page first received notice in 1978 with Tissue, a play about breast cancer. She was resident playwright at the Royal Court (1982–3). Her best-known play, Salonika (1982) ...
male impersonation

male impersonation  

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Since in the early theatre parts were mainly played by men and boys, the question of male impersonation did not arise until actresses had become firmly established. In England this ...
Maria Adelaide Amaral

Maria Adelaide Amaral  

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(1942– )Born in Portugal, Amaral migrated to Brazil in 1954 and has worked as playwright, journalist, novelist, and increasingly as a television writer, where her gift for dialogue has added ...
Maruxa Vilalta

Maruxa Vilalta  

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(1932– )Mexican playwright and director. The winner of ten awards for best play of the year, many of her pieces are concerned with social issues. Number 9 (1965) is an ...

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