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What is Theatre? by John Brown

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Author’s Revisions: Richard Nelson’s original typescript for Some Americans Abroad, as corrected during rehearsals.

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Plays

What Is a Play?

A film shows still images on a screen, arranged so that they appear to be moving pictures, usually depicting human life; a piece of music is a sequence of chosen sounds; a painting is an image usually in two dimensions created with various paints or similar material; a poem is a collection of words in a memorable form and usually in sentences, but not necessarily written down, because poems can be carried in the head; a novel is a narrative account of fictional human ...

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