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acting

acting  

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In the twentieth century the process of acting underwent more thorough analysis and experimentation than at any other time in the history of Western theatre. Previously, written reflections on the ...
Adolf Bäuerle

Adolf Bäuerle  

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(1786–1859)Austrian dramatist. Bäuerle first worked as a theatre journalist—from 1806 to 1809 he was editor of the Wiener Allgemeine Theaterzeitung—before joining the management of the Leopoldstädter ...
alazon

alazon  

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The stock character of the braggart in ancient Greek comedies. The same comic type reappears in later dramatic traditions under new names: see braggadocio.
Archetypal Characters

Archetypal Characters  

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“Archetype” has historically referred in common usage to an original pattern such as one used by an artisan as a model for reproduction. Adopted by the psychoanalyst Carl Jung as ...
archetype

archetype  

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An original which has been imitated; (in Jungian theory) a primitive mental image inherited from the earliest human ancestors, and supposed to be present in the collective unconscious.
arja

arja  

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Sung, secular dance-drama from the island of Bali in Indonesia that developed in the early twentieth century and remains popular today. Arja relies on the interdependence of vocal and instrumental ...
Atellana

Atellana  

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(sc. fabula), in origin a native Italian farce. It was a masked drama, largely improvised, with stock characters. It became a literary form for a short time in the period of Sulla. Atellanae ...
braggadocio

braggadocio  

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[brag-ă-doh-chi-oh]A cowardly but boastful man who appears as a stock character in many comedies; or the empty boasting typical of such a braggart. This sort of character was known in Greek comedy as ...
bufo, teatro

bufo, teatro  

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Cuban nineteenth-century comic and musical genre, reliant on popular stock characters like el negrito (‘the black boy’, played by a white actor), la mulata (the mulatto woman), el gallego (the ...
butler Did It, The.

butler Did It, The.  

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The phrase “the butler did it” is a cliché widely used in jest by people who are not fans of detective fiction. In fact, there are surprisingly few detective novels ...
Carlo Gozzi

Carlo Gozzi  

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(1720–1806),Italian dramatist, who tried to reform the moribund commedia dell'arte in the mid-18th century by using its characters and methods, but not its subject-matter, for a new type of ...
casting

casting  

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The process of selecting actors to perform roles in plays or other theatrical productions. Historically, playwrights, actor-managers, company managers, and producers have been among those who carried ...
character

character  

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In narrative generally, a character is a person depicted within a story, either through description or direct speech; in drama the term usually refers only to persons portrayed by actors. ...
characterization

characterization  

The representation of persons in narrative and dramatic works. This may include direct methods like the attribution of qualities in description or commentary, and indirect (or ‘dramatic’) methods ...
Charles Strouse

Charles Strouse  

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(b New York, 7 June 1928).American composer. He studied at the Eastman School of Music and later with Nadia Boulanger and Aaron Copland. The musical Bye Bye, Birdie (1960 ...
clown

clown  

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In Elizabethan days a composite comic character, who might be a simpleton, a knave, or a Court Jester. Shakespeare provides examples of all three with Costard in Love's Labour's Lost ...
commedia dell'arte

commedia dell'arte  

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An improvised kind of popular comedy in Italian theatres in the 16th–18th centuries, based on stock characters. Actors adapted their comic dialogue and action according to a few basic plots (commonly ...
convention

convention  

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1. (social convention) An established understanding, standard practice, rule, or expectation widely shared by members of a culture or subculture: often implicit, taken for granted, and experienced as ...
Country Constable

Country Constable  

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The country constable, found predominantly in English crime fiction, is a popular stock character in novels set in small towns or rural areas, but he is rarely presented as a ...
Cozy Mystery

Cozy Mystery  

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A term first used in a review in the Observer 25 May 1958, “cozy” refers to a subgenre of the novel of detection defined by its light tone, element of ...

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