Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Interesting Theater Genres

Justin's Drama Blog has a couple of great posts on various play genres. The first is one of my favorites:

"A Comedy of Manners is a play concerned with satirising society's manners. A manner is the method in which everyday duties are performed, conditions of society, or a way of speaking. It implies a polite and well-bred behavior."

"Revenge Tragedy : Tragedy in the days of Shakespeare is often referred to as Elizabethan tragedy. Few people realize this was arrival of a form that had a long history, originating alongside the gladiators, only a handful of centuries after the birth of western theatre.

In the 1st Century AD, Roman philosopher Seneca wrote a series of plays involving characters who, during the course of the plot, sought revenge upon another character for an evil doing."

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