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Theatricalism

Definitions

  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Theatricalism staginess, artificiality
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Quotations

  • William James
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    “If this life be not a real fight, in which something is eternally gained... it is no better than a game of private theatricals from which one may withdraw at will.”
  • Eric Hoffer
    Eric%20Hoffer
    “Glory is largely a theatrical concept. There is no striving for glory without a vivid awareness of an audience.”
  • Camille Paglia
    Camille%20Paglia
    “Pornography is human imagination in tense theatrical action; its violations are a protest against the violations of our freedom by nature.”
  • Tony La Russa
    Tony La Russa
    “I'm careful not to give into theatrics when times are tough, I don't like it when somebody gives into outside pressure and puts on a show for others.”
  • Sidonie Gabrielle Colette
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    “January, month of empty pockets! Let us endure this evil month, anxious as a theatrical producer's forehead.”
  • Sir Peter Hall
    Sir Peter Hall
    “I don't regard Brecht as a man of iron-gray purpose and intellect, I think he is a theatrical whore of the first quality.”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. theatrontheaomai, I see.

Usage

In literature:

He blazed like a comet across the theatrical world, and then set as suddenly as he had risen.
"The Lowest Rung" by Mary Cholmondeley
It is the best kind of dancing for expressing the more general theatrical subjects.
"A Treatise on the Art of Dancing" by Giovanni-Andrea Gallini
One fat fellow with a comical face hugged him theatrically.
"Stanford Stories" by Charles K. Field
The theatre was fitted up with the taste of a people more essentially theatrical than any other in the world.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine - Volume 55, No. 343, May 1844" by Various
Joe Strong was then started on his career to become a magician, and he "made good," as they say in theatrical circles.
"Joe Strong, the Boy Fish" by Vance Barnum
She had always longed to explore the theatrical boxes.
"A Patriotic Schoolgirl" by Angela Brazil
The offspring of our theatrical affections was unrecognized by college authority.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine - Volume 54, No. 338, December 1843" by Various
It was his one purpose to make a spectacle of this theatrical city to enchant the eyes of the empress.
"Historic Tales, Vol. 8 (of 15)" by Charles Morris
There was to be a grand hunt in the Red Wood, and finally court theatricals in his Highness's own playhouse.
"A German Pompadour" by Marie Hay
On one of the walls half-a-dozen theatrical gowns and cloaks hung limply from pegs.
"Fair Margaret" by Francis Marion Crawford
The letters which we have for this year, refer, with very few exceptions, to these theatricals, and therefore need no explanation.
"The Letters of Charles Dickens" by Charles Dickens
Some theatrical copy, especially write-ups of vaudeville shows, is paid for and must contain nothing but praise.
"Newspaper Reporting and Correspondence" by Grant Milnor Hyde
Theatricals are held in a mammoth tent, as there is so far no theatre.
"Some Reminiscences of old Victoria" by Edgar Fawcett
A woman need not have the genius of a Rachel, a Modjeska, or a Clara Morris, to be able to make a good living in the theatrical profession.
"Work for Women" by George J. Manson
Then I'd gone to the ballroom and sat through the amateur theatricals for the French Hospital.
"The Man Who Couldn't Sleep" by Arthur Stringer
Don't look for wings on theatrical angels, dear.
"She Buildeth Her House" by Will Comfort
One wore a cloak theatrically thrown over the shoulder, and Polly knew him at once.
"Silver Pitchers: and Independence" by Louisa May Alcott
Private theatricals should, however, be regulated with much judgment.
"The Ladies' Book of Etiquette, and Manual of Politeness" by Florence Hartley
Every thing was arranged for the theatricals, and the play fixed upon.
"A Wife's Duty" by Amelia Alderson Opie
Theatrical "Reminiscences" are crowded with fictitious anecdotes.
"The English Stage" by Augustin Filon
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In poetry:

But now for the gentle reproaches he bore
On the part of his friends, for refraining before
To embrace the profession, embarking for life
In theatrical storms and poetical strife.
"The Appeal Of The Chorus" by Aristophanes
She wears no colours (sign of grace)
On any part except her face;
All white and black beside:
Dauntless her look, her gesture proud,
Her voice theatrically loud,
And masculine her stride.
"In Imitation of E. of Dorset : Artemisia" by Alexander Pope
And soon theatrical circles were shocked to learn,
Of the sudden death of genial Fred Marsden,
Whose house had been famous for its hospitality,
To artists, litterateurs, and critics of high and low degree.
"The Death of Fred Marsden, the American Playwright" by William Topaz McGonagall
He then salutes for sixty years of it
just now a one of valor and insights,
a theatrical man,
O scholar & Legionnaire who as quickly might
have killed as cast you. Olè. Stormed with years
he tranquil commands and appears.
"Dream Song 63: Bats have no bankers and they do not drink" by John Berryman
Fred. Marsden was a playwright, the theatrical world knows,
And was highly esteemed by the people, and had very few foes;
And in New York, in his bedroom, he took his life away,
And was found by his servant William in his bedroom where he lay.
"The Death of Fred Marsden, the American Playwright" by William Topaz McGonagall

In news:

Stagings draw out Stravinsky's theatrical verve.
MacPherson, began his theatrical career as a veterinarian with the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus.
The Merry Pranksters Theatrical Troupe for the Exceptionally Talented.
First project to air spring 2013 alongside theatrical release.
The first full-length theatrical trailer has just been made available…check it out after the jump.
Theatrical art and art for theater while The Great White Way Invades Tulsa.
Media-theatrical-legal establishment were supping at the beach house of Mort Zuckerman of US News.
BML-Blackbird Theatrical Services is pleased to announce the addition of Christopher Ragan to its sales department .
The feature film, financed in part by Chicago's WBEZ, begins its theatrical run this week.
Butler University Theatre has a reputation for theatrical surprises.
It was shot up the road in Baton Rouge in 2008 and based on an unproduced screenplay by longtime New Orleans resident Tennessee Williams, but "Loss of a Teardrop Diamond" has never played theatrically here in Williams' backyard.
A new stage for Circus Theatricals .
In 2001, her novel Tickled Pink was published, and now Rudner has collaborated with her husband of 20-plus years, Martin Bergman, to create a theatrical version that debuted April 24 at The Laguna Playhouse.
Evening of WNY theatrics took me back to the bad old days.
W e seem to have entered another carnival age for New York restaurants, a time of theatrical themes (Buddakan).
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In science:

With multiple user input each theatrical experience will turn out different depending on the input from the audience.
Graphics Turing Test
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