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Re: Literature, Music, Language, Theatre, Drama
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 10.0084  Sunday, 17 January 1999.

From:           Larry Weiss <
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Date:           Saturday, 16 Jan 1999 16:24:27 -0500
Subject: 10.0075 Re: Literature, Music, Language, Theatre,
Comment:        Re: SHK 10.0075 Re: Literature, Music, Language, Theatre,
Drama

Harry Hill wrote:

> Terence Hawkes provokes, as always, when he pretends to differentiate
> between the Drama and the Theatre by stating that the latter is merely
> the location of the former, as if symphonies existed properly in their
> scores rather than in their orchestral performance, an impossibly
> Platonic idea.

Let's stop bashing Terry just because its fun.  When he's right, he's
right.  Yes, symphonies do exist in tangible form only on paper and in
ephemeral form when they are played.  The ensemble that plays them is
called a symphony orchestra and the place we hear them is a symphony
hall.

A theatre is a place where the form of literary work called "drama" is
performed, and, more recently, the industry engaged in putting on the
performances.  So, if one says "I'm in the theatre" he could mean "I am
an actor currently honing my craft by playing a waiter" or "I'm calling
on my mobile during the interval."

By the way, do any of the etymologists among us know if the Elizabethan
stage called "The Theatre" is the source of the modern word or only a
descriptive use of it?
 

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