What is theater?

Theater

Theatre (also theater in American English) is a collaborative form of fine art that uses live performers to present the experience of a real or imagined event before a live audience in a specific place. The performers may communicate this experience to the audience through combinations of gesture, speech, song, music or dance. Elements of design and stagecraft are used to enhance the physicality, presence and immediacy of the experience. The specific place of the performance is also named by the word "theatre" as derived from the Ancient Greek θέατρον (théatron, “a place for viewing”), itself from θεάομαι (theáomai, “to see", "to watch", "to observe”).

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Maximilian Steiner
... (August 28, 1839 - May 29, 1880) was an Austrian actor and theater manager ... Steiner was manager of Vienna's Theater an der Wien from 1869 to 1875 with Marie Geistinger, a Viennese actress, and from 1875 to 1880 on his own ... Steiner gradually phased out spoken-word dramas from the Theater program, contributing to the Viennese opera boom ...
Yoni Tabac - Life
... also working with several production houses to introduce classical drama and contemporary theater productions to Israel ... In Los Angeles, Tabac has worked within several different theater projects, including becoming a member of the Beverly Hills Playhouse ... Founded by theater director and drama teacher, Milton Katselas, the Beverly Hills Playhouse is one of Los Angeles' oldest acting schools ...
Political Theatre - Recent Political Drama
... Russian agitprop theater was noted for its cardboard characters of perfect virtue and complete evil, and its coarse ridicule ... and sophisticated new aesthetics--epic theater--to address the spectator in a more rational way ... It's Allright to be a Woman, Spiderwoman Theater, Women's Interart Center, and the New Feminist Theater ...
Feodor Chaliapin - Opinions On His Art
... And how else should one behave? Backstage at our own theater it's just like a saloon ... without my knowledge words of mine about the Bolshoi Theater and Chaliapin...I said that we often have regrettable confusion backstage at the Bolshoi Theater...I also said that I had heard rumors that since ...
Volcano, California - Tourist Attractions
... Community theater, first established in 1854, continues in the town through the efforts of the Volcano Theater Company ... a full season each year, performing in both the 35-seat Cobblestone Theater and in the larger outdoor Volcano Amphitheater ...

More definitions of "theater":

  • (noun): A building where theatrical performances or motion-picture shows can be presented.
    Synonyms: theatre, house

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