Roget category 5994. Words relating to the intellectual faculties
› 4.10. Means of communicating ideas
›› 4.10.2. Conventional means
the play —
film the film,
Melpomene and Thalia,
play, drama, stage play, piece [Fr.], five-act play, tragedy, comedy, opera, vaudeville, comedietta†, lever de rideau [Fr.], interlude, afterpiece†, exode†, farce, divertissement, extravaganza, burletta†, harlequinade†, pantomime, burlesque, opera bouffe [Fr.], ballet, spectacle, masque, drame comedie drame [Fr.] — melodrama, melodrame† — comidie larmoyante [Fr.], sensation drama — tragicomedy, farcical-comedy — monodrame monologue — duologue trilogy† — charade, proverbs — mystery, miracle play — musical, musical comedy.
[movies] western, horse opera — flick [Coll.] — spy film, love story, adventure film, documentary, nature film — pornographic film, smoker, skin flick, X-rated film.
act, scene, tableau — induction, introduction — prologue, epilogue — libretto.
performance, representation, mise en scene [Fr.], stagery†, jeu de theatre [Fr.] — acting — gesture etc. 550 — impersonation etc. 554 — stage business, gag, buffoonery.
light comedy, genteel comedy, low comedy.
theater — playhouse, opera house — house — music hall — amphitheater, circus, hippodrome, theater in the round — puppet show, fantoccini† — marionettes, Punch and Judy.
auditory, auditorium, front of the house, stalls, boxes, pit, gallery, parquet — greenroom, coulisses [Fr.].
flat — drop, drop scene — wing, screen, side scene — transformation scene, curtain, act drop — proscenium.
stage, scene, scenery, the boards — trap, mezzanine floor — flies — floats, footlights — offstage — orchestra.
theatrical costume, theatrical properties.
movie studio, back lot, on location.
part, role, character, dramatis personae [Lat.] — repertoire.
actor, thespian, player — method actor — stage player, strolling player — stager, performer — mime, mimer† — artists — comedian, tragedian — tragedienne, Roscius — star, movie star, star of stage and screen, superstar, idol, sex symbol — supporting actor, supporting cast — ham, hamfatter [Slang] — masker†.
pantomimist, clown harlequin, buffo†, buffoon, farceur, grimacer, pantaloon, columbine — punchinello† — pulcinello†, pulcinella† — extra, bit-player, walk-on role, cameo appearance — mute, figurante†, general utility — super, supernumerary.
company — first tragedian, prima donna [Sp.], protagonist — jeune premier [Fr.] — debutant, debutante [Fr.] — light comedian, genteel comedian, low comedian — walking gentleman, amoroso†, heavy father, ingenue [Fr.], jeune veuve [Fr.].
mummer, guiser†, guisard†, gysart†, masque.
mountebank, Jack Pudding — tumbler, posture master, acrobat — contortionist — ballet dancer, ballet girl — chorus singer — coryphee danseuse [Fr.].
property man, costumier, machinist — prompter, call boy — manager — director, stage manager, acting manager.
producer, entrepreneur, impresario — backer, investor, angel [Fig.].
dramatic author, dramatic writer — play writer, playwright — dramatist, mimographer†.
put on the stage —
play a part,
act a part,
go through a part,
perform a part —
strut and fret one's hour upon a stage —"
tread the boards,
tread the stage —
come out —
on the stage,
on the boards —
on film —
before the floats,
before an audience —
behind the scenes.
fere totus mundus exercet histrionem [Lat.]
suit the action to the word, the word to the suit the action to the word, the word to the action"
the play's the thing"
to wake the soul by tender strokes of art"
The content on this page comes straight from Project Gutenberg Etext of Roget's Thesaurus No. Two, which consists of the acclaimed work by Peter Mark Roget augmented with more recent material. Some changes where made to the formatting for improved readability.
Bold numbers signify related Roget categories. A dagger symbol (†) indicates archaic words and expressions no longer in common use.
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