Play (theatre)

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A play is form of literature written by a playwright, usually consisting of dialogue or singing between characters, intended for theatrical performance rather than just reading.wikipedia
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Playwright

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A play is form of literature written by a playwright, usually consisting of dialogue or singing between characters, intended for theatrical performance rather than just reading.
A playwright or dramatist is a person who writes plays.

Theatre

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A play is form of literature written by a playwright, usually consisting of dialogue or singing between characters, intended for theatrical performance rather than just reading.
Modern theatre includes performances of plays and musical theatre.

Character (arts)

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A play is form of literature written by a playwright, usually consisting of dialogue or singing between characters, intended for theatrical performance rather than just reading.
In fiction, a character (sometimes known as a fictional character) is a person or other being in a narrative (such as a novel, play, television series, film, or video game).

West End theatre

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Plays are performed at a variety of levels, from London's West End and Broadway in New York – which are the highest level of commercial theatre in the English-speaking world – to regional theatre, to community theatre, as well as university or school productions.
The works staged are predominantly musicals, classic and modern straight plays, and comedy performances.

The Government Inspector

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An example of a satire would be Nikolai Gogol's The Government Inspector and Aristophanes' Lysistrata.
The Government Inspector, also known as The Inspector General («Ревизор», Revizor, literally: "Inspector"), is a satirical play by the Russian and Ukrainian dramatist and novelist Nikolai Gogol.

Hamlet

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Some examples of tragedies include William Shakespeare's Hamlet, and also John Webster's play The Duchess of Malfi.
Set in Denmark, the play depicts Prince Hamlet and his revenge against his uncle, Claudius, who has murdered Hamlet's father in order to seize his throne and marry Hamlet's mother.

Hamartia

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Often the protagonist of the play has a tragic flaw, a trait which leads to their downfall.
Hamartia as it pertains to dramatic literature was first used by Aristotle in his Poetics.

Literature

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A play is form of literature written by a playwright, usually consisting of dialogue or singing between characters, intended for theatrical performance rather than just reading.
A play is a subset of this form, referring to the written dramatic work of a playwright that is intended for performance in a theater; it comprises chiefly dialogue between characters, and usually aims at dramatic or theatrical performance rather than at reading.

Musical theatre

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Sometimes the term "straight play" is used in contrast to "musical", which refers to a play based on music, dance, and songs sung by the play's characters.
The book or script of a musical refers to the story, character development and dramatic structure, including the spoken dialogue and stage directions, but it can also refer to the dialogue and lyrics together, which are sometimes referred to as the libretto (Italian for "little book").

Nikolai Gogol

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An example of a satire would be Nikolai Gogol's The Government Inspector and Aristophanes' Lysistrata.
The Russian composer Alfred Schnittke wrote the eight-part Gogol Suite as incidental music to The Government Inspector performed as a play, and Dmitri Shostakovich set The Nose as his first opera in 1930 – a peculiar choice of subject for what was meant to initiate the great tradition of Soviet opera.

Act (drama)

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A play is usually divided into acts, similar to what chapters are in a novel.
An act is a division or unit of a theatre work, including a play, film, opera, and musical theatre.

Closet drama

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A closet drama is a play that is not intended to be performed onstage, but read by a solitary reader or sometimes out loud in a small group.

Drama

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Drama is the specific mode of fiction represented in performance: a play, opera, mime, ballet, etc., performed in a theatre, or on radio or television.

Blocking (stage)

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Next to the text to be spoken by the actors, a script contains "stage directions" (not to be confused with the use of that term in blocking, the staging of actors with specified movements across the stage).
In theatre, blocking is the precise staging of actors in order to facilitate the performance of a play, ballet, film or opera.

List of plays adapted into feature films

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This is a list of plays other than those written by William Shakespeare (covered by the above section) that have been adapted into feature films.

Canovaccio

Actors in the commedia dell'Arte thus had to be endowed with an inventive mind since the success of the play depended largely on their creativity and above all on their lazzi (jokes and gags).

Dialogue

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A play is form of literature written by a playwright, usually consisting of dialogue or singing between characters, intended for theatrical performance rather than just reading.

Performance

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A play is form of literature written by a playwright, usually consisting of dialogue or singing between characters, intended for theatrical performance rather than just reading.

Reading

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A play is form of literature written by a playwright, usually consisting of dialogue or singing between characters, intended for theatrical performance rather than just reading.

Broadway theatre

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Plays are performed at a variety of levels, from London's West End and Broadway in New York – which are the highest level of commercial theatre in the English-speaking world – to regional theatre, to community theatre, as well as university or school productions.

Regional theater in the United States

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Plays are performed at a variety of levels, from London's West End and Broadway in New York – which are the highest level of commercial theatre in the English-speaking world – to regional theatre, to community theatre, as well as university or school productions.

Community theatre

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Plays are performed at a variety of levels, from London's West End and Broadway in New York – which are the highest level of commercial theatre in the English-speaking world – to regional theatre, to community theatre, as well as university or school productions.

George Bernard Shaw

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There are rare dramatists, notably George Bernard Shaw, who have had little preference as to whether their plays were performed or read.