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THTR Appreciation, Wk 4

by: Lexie Barclay

THTR Appreciation, Wk 4 THTR 1003

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Different types of theatre and types of stages--this material will be on the upcoming midterm.
Basic Course in the Arts: Theatre Appreciation 
Jenny McKnight
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This 3 page Class Notes was uploaded by Lexie Barclay on Friday September 16, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to THTR 1003 at University of Arkansas taught by Jenny McKnight in Fall 2016. Since its upload, it has received 13 views. For similar materials see Basic Course in the Arts: Theatre Appreciation  in Theatre at University of Arkansas.


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Date Created: 09/16/16
Theatre Appreciation  Wk 4 Notes    THEATRE OF THE ABSURD​  ­ particular to modern playwrights, especially after WWII  Non­sequitur (“it does not follow” ­ Latin)  Nonsensical language  Absurd characters  THis kind of theatre is meant to use absurdity and irony to show the illogical, unjust and  ridiculous nature of our world      GLOBAL THEATRE  Many times we forget to realize that theatre is happening everywhere, not just here in the US.    JAPANESE THEATRE  Kabuki­­uses white makeup and lines to indicate personality in characters  ­­traditional chinese form (esp in the 20th century)  MIDDLE EASTERN THEATRE  ­­greatly influenced by the politics of the region  ­­some islamic fundamentalism in the area prohibits theatre altogether  ­­a lot of controversy whether it should be supported by the state  AFRICAN THEATRE  ­­many diverse theatrical traditions  ­­african theatre centered on their language  ­­ceremonies that used music, song, dance, reenactments of important events  RUSSIAN AND EASTERN THEATRE  ­­after the fall of the soviet union (before that, all theatre was dictated by the government)  LATIN AMERICAN THEATRE  ­­a lot in response to political climate of their country  ­­fuses popular and traditional styles  ­­EX: De La Guarda          Types of Theatre Stages    Proscenium Stage:​ “picture frame stage,” “fourth wall theatre”  ● Late 17rth century, every european country, provides extra storage space for  machines/scenery   ● ADVANTAGES  ● Offers perfect arrangement for spectacle because it’s easier to have of really great  scene changes  ● Realistic scenery looks good behind a proscenium frame because the illusion of a  genuine, complete room works with the scene best  ● Strong central focus provided by the frame rivets the attention of audience  ● DISADVANTAGES  ● Farther away, less personal, lack of intimacy    Arena Stage  ● Has a playing space u the center of a square or circle, with seats for audience all around  it  ● History: been around as far back as we have records,  ● Advantages  ○ More intimacy  ○ Don’t have the barrier or “frame” to separate actors from audience  ○ More economical: less expensive  ○ More audience members  ○ Audience members can see other audience members  ● Disadvantages  ○ Can’t hide spectacle­­no accessible off­stage storage  ○ Can’t use large scenic pieces  ○ Audience can see other audience members    Thrust Stage  ● ¾ seating, most widely used theatre space  ● Audience sits on all three sides  ● Can hide scenic pieces  ● Developed by the greeks  ● Romans adapted it to make it look more proscenium  ● Advantages   ○ Pretty intimate seating  ○ Many of the world’s greatest, dramatic works were written for a thrust stage  ○ Has the wraparound feeling of the arena with some ability to hide stage affects  ● Disadvantages  ○ Difficult to hide spectacle      Black Box Stage Empty/with Seating  ● Flexible space that can be arranged as needed  ● DISADVANTAGE  ● No backstage space, can’t hide spectacles      Found/Site Specific  ● Abandoning architecture of present day theatres with auditoriums and stages and using  places for theatre that weren’t specifically built for that purpose (barns or hangars)  ● Non­theatre spaces  ● Advantages  ○ Can be more realistic  ○ Can help the playwright or director emphasize a certain point  ○ Direct communication since the audience is engulfed and physically affected by it  ○ Very economical  ○ Can be used for non­traditional theatre  ● Disadvantages  ○ Outside­­worrying about weather      Vocabulary  ● house/front of house­seating area where audience sits  ● Rake (house and stage)­stage is curved up to help audience get better visual  ● Orchestra­orchestra pit below the stage  ● Box­seating areas off on the sides of the theatre  ● Balcony­seating areas off to the sides with balconies  ● Directions  ○ Upstage­ away from audience  ○ Downstage­ towards the audience  ○ Stage left→ actors’ left  ○ Stage right→ actors’ right  ● Flies­ above the stage so you can fly scenery around  ● Backstage­behind the stage  ● Greenroom­ place where actors can hang before going onstage (not even backstage,  behind backstage) 


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