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Introduction to Theatre
Unit Three Study Guide

Chapters 8, 9, 10, Into the Woods and Eurydice

Chapter 8

1. Although modern drama can be said to have begun in 1875, its roots lay in what? Social and Political ideas 2. The primary goal of realism is what? show what is happening in the world 3. The early play of Ibsen treated what?

4. “Slice-of-life” drama is the essence of what theatrical movement? naturalism 5. How did the symbolist movement begin? In rebellion to realism 6. What does Avant-Garde mean? Artists who abandon conventional models to create works that are in the forefront of new movements and styles 7. What does surrealism mean? Artists sought to go beyond realism into super-realism 8. What is expressionism in theatre?

• Shocking and gutsy dialogue
• Boldly exaggerated scenery
• Piercing sounds
• Bright lights
• Abundance of primary colors
• Not subtle use of symbols
• Short scenes leading up to powerful climax
9. What is Metatheatre? Play-within-a-play
10. Describe No Exit.
11. The theatre of the absurd was formulated by which existential writing of French Essayist and playwright? Albert Camus 12. What play is a parable without a message reveal a paradigm of human condition in which character exchange songs, accords of dreams and try to make the best of a hopeless situation? Waiting for Godot

13. What did Brecht intend with his alienation effect? Invigorating theatre practices that are utterly at variance with those used since Aristotle and abrasive humanism that reawakened its sense of social responsibility and help mold public issues and events. 14. What is theatre of alienation? Humanity’s potential for growth and society’s capacity to effect change

Chapter 9

1. Which city remains the international capital of the world’s musical theatre? New York 2. What is the average cost to open a production on Broadway? 3. American Broadway musical dates from 1866.

4. What is America’s greatest contribution to world theatre? Musicals 5. How many people (typically) go into creating a musical? 3 (composer, lyricist, book writer) 6. What was the first musical to win a Pulitzer Prize? Of Thee I Sing 7. Describe the musical drama.

8. Why is Show Boat notable? Kicked off musicals to face social issues 9. What kind of dance was introduced by the musical comedy hits of the early 20th century? Tap 10. What musical was adapted from the Faustian legend? The Producer 11. What musical is a retelling of Romeo and Juliet? West Side Story 12. My Fair Lady is based on what George Bernard Shaw play? Pygmalion 13. Who is Bob Fosse? The director of Pajama Game who is also a famous dancer 14. Who is Tommy Tune?

15. Who is Stephen Sondheim? Composer and lyricist
16. Who is Andrew Lloyd Webber? Composer and lyricist
17. Why is Hair significant?
18. Who wrote the lyrics for Oklahoma!? Rogers and Hammerstein 19. Who was the lyricist for Rent?
20. Who directed the Lion King?
Chapter 10
1. What does postmodern theatre emphasize?
2. What is the Open Theatre?
3. What is a Regional Theatre?
4. How many types of theatres can be found in the DFW area?
5. Who is August Wilson?
6. What is the role of women in the history of drama?
7. Which play by Mark Medoff gave voice to the differently-abled, giving a national recognition to hearing-impaired actors and actresses?

8. What is Nonlinear Theatre?
9. What is dance theatre?
10. Who is Peter Brook
11. The theatrical capital of the United States is where?
12. In which city did Joseph Papp launch a Shakespeare festival? 13. What is nontraditional casting?

Into the Woods

1. Who wrote Into the Woods? Sondheim
2. Which characters are Not from fairy tales? Baker and Baker’s Wife, Witch, mysterious old man, narrator Which ones are? Cinderella, Cinderella’s Prince, Cinderella’s step mother and sisters, Jack, Jack’s mother, Rapunzel, Rapunzel’s Prince, Wolf, Prince’s...
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