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Theatrical Styles

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Mary Lane

on 12 November 2012

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Realism Theatrical Styles Realism Example:

The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams When you see a play with scenery that looks like a real room, costumes that look like real clothes and characters that behave like people you know, that's the theatrical style called Realism.

1. Realism
2. Theatricalism
3. Expressionism
4. Surrealism
5. Classicism
6. Romanticism is based on the belief that the images in our subconscious reveal the truth and that truth can be beautiful, lyrical and sometimes very funny. Expressionism Theatrical Styles Realism imitates the world that's familiar to us. We like plays that seem true to life. Style defines how an artist imitates reality. all theater imitates reality in six different styles: Realism is what you see on TV and in the movies most of the time! Each of the 6 shows how reality can be show and how truth can be understood It's based on the belief that dreams reveal the truth we hide from ourselves in our waking state, that the wildly distorted images that we see when we dream are what we truly feel.

Dream images are our honest perception of reality.

You experience the story through the eyes of a central character.

It depicts violent and extreme emotions because it was created when artists felt oppressed by society. Williams described Menagerie as a "memory play," we meet the characters an experience the events as they are filtered through Tom's remembrance. Realism: as long as we believe what we're seeing exists now or existed once or exists somewhere, the style is Realism. Expressionism Example: Theatricalism It shows us the truth of our world by imitating our objective imitations of it..it imitates the way theater imitates life. 4 ways to tell it's Theatricalism:
1. is action set in a theater
2. do the characters play roles in a play within a play
3. Does the production show you how the theater works
4. Does the play demonstate how hard it is to distinguish between illusion and reality.
Theatricalism Example: Thorton Wilder's play Our Town The Stage manager talks directly to the audience and tells them who the characters are and where the action is taking place. Surrealism 5 Traits of Surrealism:
1. the scenery, costumes and makeup have unusual proportions and there is a lot of open space.
2. Do people and objects change before your eyes
3. Is the tone whimsical, are you amused
4. Does the play offer a sense of time, with some things happening more quickly or slowly than in real life
5. Is the logic difficult to follow. Surrealism Example:

Alice in Wonderland

is based on the belief that we can learn the truth if we use our powers of reason to create an ideal world.

Think of the ancient Greeks: moderation in all things.

Classicism rejects excess, whether in human emotions or in architecture, it celebrates the control we can assert by using reason. Classicism: Romanticism: is based on the belief that truth is discovered through feeling the emotions of our idealized image of perfection. Romanticism sets its stories "long ago and far away," in bygone historical eras where things are the way we would want them to be. The objective reality of our own world is disappointing, so we escape to the idealized truth of a better time and place. Romanticism Example: idealized characters speak in idealized dialogue. It is elevated over everyday language. A great example is the profession of love Cyrano speaks to Roxanne in Cyrano de Bergerac.
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