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the drama

Roget category 599

4. Words relating to the intellectual faculties
4.10. Means of communicating ideas
›› 4.10.2. Conventional means

#599. The Drama


the drama, the stage, the theater, the playfilm the film, movies, motion pictures, cinema, cinematographytheatricals, dramaturgy, histrionic art, buskin, sock, cothurnus, Melpomene and Thalia, Thespis.
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, melodramecomidie larmoyante [Fr.], sensation dramatragicomedy, farcical-comedymonodrame monologueduologue trilogycharade, proverbsmystery, miracle playmusical, musical comedy.
[movies] western, horse operaflick [Coll.]spy film, love story, adventure film, documentary, nature filmpornographic film, smoker, skin flick, X-rated film.
act, scene, tableauinduction, introductionprologue, epiloguelibretto.
performance, representation, mise en scene [Fr.], stagery, jeu de theatre [Fr.]actinggesture etc. 550impersonation etc. 554stage business, gag, buffoonery.
light comedy, genteel comedy, low comedy.
theaterplayhouse, opera househousemusic hallamphitheater, circus, hippodrome, theater in the roundpuppet show, fantoccinimarionettes, Punch and Judy.
auditory, auditorium, front of the house, stalls, boxes, pit, gallery, parquetgreenroom, coulisses [Fr.].
flatdrop, drop scenewing, screen, side scenetransformation scene, curtain, act dropproscenium.
stage, scene, scenery, the boardstrap, mezzanine floorfliesfloats, footlightsoffstageorchestra.
theatrical costume, theatrical properties.
movie studio, back lot, on location.
part, role, character, dramatis personae [Lat.]repertoire.
actor, thespian, playermethod actorstage player, strolling playerstager, performermime, mimerartistscomedian, tragediantragedienne, Rosciusstar, movie star, star of stage and screen, superstar, idol, sex symbolsupporting actor, supporting castham, hamfatter [Slang]masker.
pantomimist, clown harlequin, buffo, buffoon, farceur, grimacer, pantaloon, columbinepunchinellopulcinello, pulcinellaextra, bit-player, walk-on role, cameo appearancemute, figurante, general utilitysuper, supernumerary.
companyfirst tragedian, prima donna [Sp.], protagonistjeune premier [Fr.]debutant, debutante [Fr.]light comedian, genteel comedian, low comedianwalking gentleman, amoroso, heavy father, ingenue [Fr.], jeune veuve [Fr.].
mummer, guiser, guisard, gysart, masque.
mountebank, Jack Puddingtumbler, posture master, acrobatcontortionistballet dancer, ballet girlchorus singercoryphee danseuse [Fr.].
property man, costumier, machinistprompter, call boymanagerdirector, stage manager, acting manager.
producer, entrepreneur, impresariobacker, investor, angel [Fig.].
dramatic author, dramatic writerplay writer, playwrightdramatist, mimographer.


act, play, performput on the stagepersonate etc. 554mimic etc. (imitate) 19enactplay a part, act a part, go through a part, perform a partrehearse, spout, gag, rantstrut and fret one's hour upon a stage —" tread the boards, tread the stagecome outstar it.


dramatictheatric, theatricalscenic, histrionic, comic, tragic, buskined, farcical, tragicomic, melodramatic, operaticstagy.


on the stage, on the boardson filmbefore the floats, before an audiencebehind the scenes.


fere totus mundus exercet histrionem [Lat.] [Petronius Arbiter]; suit the action to the word, the word to the suit the action to the word, the word to the action" [Hamlet]; the play's the thing" [Hamlet]; to wake the soul by tender strokes of art" [Pope].

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