Theater Essays

Feminism and Homosexuality in Theater

Feminism in theater has a very close relationship with the depiction of homosexuality onstage. Playwrights and performance artists who advocate feminism have seen theater as a powerful tool to make the public understand their views. The work of artists such as Lillian Hellman, Holly Hughes, and Anna Deavere Smith shape the discussion of feminism and homosexuality in the theater. Lillian Hellman was a playwright who’s known for plays that discussed the psychological and social manifestations of evil. Her work was…

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Some of the Technological Advancements That Shaped Modern Theater

In 1998 the movie Shakespeare in Love took the Oscar’s award for best picture. It was a movie with a title that seems not to promise much but what it lacks in hype it made up in substance.             The most endearing aspect of the movie was the realistic depiction of what theater was in the Renaissance period and most importantly what theater was before the modern age. The movie will help explain why theater was such a powerful communication…

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Greek and Roman Theater

Theatre and its roots can be traced back before the Common Era to the Greeks and Romans. The two types of theatre, while quite similar, do have a number of differences. Classical Greek and Roman theatre, often combined in a sort of Ancient “Grome” fashion, are similar in the most basic but superficial of aspects. The most basic of the aspects is the fact that the height of their movements and societal impact were before the start of the Church…

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The Modernist Theater’s Departure from the Romantic Theater

From the early theater of the Greeks to Broadway, theater had definitely evolved to one of the most accepted and highly communicated form of art. After all, everything is subject to change, the world of theater is no exception. The theater that we know today had undergone heavy changes. In those stages of changes, it had seemed that just after a type of theater has been accepted by the public, another type of theater will arise. It also seems that…

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Play Production in the Greek & Elizabethan Eras

The contemporary Greek play was an amalgamation of several artistic tools like pictures for example the one shown below which conveyed strong message to the audience. There were numerous other scenic elements used in the Greek theater. When a crane was used (called machina in Greek), it gave an impression of an airborne actor. A wheeled wagon was also common in the Greek playhouses and it made it possible for the audience to view dead characters. Openings in the ground,…

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Stage Theater

Mephisto was written amidst the time where the most notorious body of power rose in world history. In the country where Klaus Mann came from, the Nazis came into full power and ran the country where he was exiled. The political reality that surrounded Mann’s time played a major role in shaping the events in the novel. The plot of the novel portrayed the collaboration of the arts and politics in fulfilling its own ambitions. Klaus Mann depicted how the…

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Theater as a Teenager

Born to a white, South African family in 1955, William Kentridge’s education included studies in drawing and theater as a teenager, and later, philosophy and politics in college. These aspects of the artist’s background come together in his films, resulting in dramatic and disturbing commentaries on South Africa’s tragic history of apartheid. The legacy of apartheid’s race-based oppression is revealed in surreal, dream-like ways to a cast of fictional characters that represent oppressors, witnesses and victims. One such fictional character…

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Popular Theater Defined

Watching popular theater is indeed a great way to be entertained. Some people choose to shift their interest from movies to popular theater because it is in theater where the greatest acts can be seen. This is where exaggerated facial expressions and movements are seen. Sometimes, there are songs that accompany a play. If a person is tired of watching cartoons and animations that feature leading cartoon characters fighting against each other while singing, he or she may resort to…

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