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unities
the principles of structure, derived from Aristotle's Poetics , that require a plot 's action to be singular, to complete itself within a twenty-four hour period, and to take place in one location. During the sixteenth century, a rigid neoclassical interpretation of Aristotle's writings emphasized these "three unities" of action, time, and place.
upstage
the area of the stage farthest from the audience.
venationes
a form of Roman entertainment popularized at the Colosseum in approximately 80 c.e. that involved elaborate contests to the death between animals or between men and animals.
Verfremdungseffekt
See estrangement effect.
verisimilitude
a central tenet of neoclassicism , defined as the quality or appearance of truth. According to the doctrine of verisimilitude, characters and events on stage must be believable; in other words, they must not tax the spectator's credulity by venturing into the fantastic or improbable.
Weimar classicism
a German artistic movement spearheaded by johann wolfgang von goethe and Friedrich Schiller (1759-1805) that sought to revive drama by returning to Greek themes and forms.
well-made play
also called pièce bien-fait (French), a play that relies heavily on the orchestration of highly complicated plots rather than characterization or themes. The genre dominated French theater for much of the nineteenth century; its playwrights sought to integrate conventions such as overheard conversations, mistaken identities, sudden appearances and disappearances, and other forms of confusion to create suspense and intrigue. The plays conclude with a scène à faire or the final confrontation of characters that resolves the play's action. Eugene Scribe (1791-1861) and Victorien Sardou (1831-1908) are the two playwrights chiefly associated with the genre.
wings
traditionally associated with the proscenium theater, the narrow areas off both sides of the stage, where actors wait before making an entrance into the playing space. A curtain or piece of scenery often conceals the wings. Wings can also refer to scenery placed on the sides of a stage.
yavanika
in sanskrit theater, a curtain used to hide musicians from the audience's view.
yugen
an aesthetic concept underlying Japanese noh performance that suggests beauty, grace, and an awareness of life's impermanence.
zaju
a form of drama popularized and performed in the Northern provinces of China during the Yuan Dynasty (1234-1368), considered by the Chinese as "classical" drama for its poeticism and literary merit. Earlier zaju entertainments of the Song Dynasty (960-1279) were primarily composed of satirical sketches and acrobatic performances. quan hanqing's snow in midsummer is an example of a zaju play.
zanni
the servant characters in commedia dell'arte which include Arlecchino (or Harlequin), Brighella, and Pulcinello.