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So, the Theatre Theory -- or -- What is Theatre?
The century you live in (time), or the country (space). Also, it depends on you.
If you never saw live theatre (only 5% of Americans ever went to theatre), you never lived (my opinion) -- this is "theory" too: art is useless.
You think that theatre is silly -- theory again.
"Theatre is boring, but movies are great!" Serious theory. Film studies.
Shakespeare was a male! Feminism.
Shakespeare was white. Shakespeare lived in England. Shakespeare lived...
A lot of theories.
Why should we bother?
Because it helps to understand the plays. Understanding helps to act, direct or write plays.
Some methods (theories) are simple. Semiotics, for example. You can count the words Hamlet uses and compare with the words of Cladius -- structuralism.
You can read Hamlet from the Marxist perspective (if you know Marxism) -- you see many things which you missed without this POV.
Theory is a set of mind, another perspective, another take. If you want to do theatre, you better get theoretical.
So, what is theatre?
A performing art
A graphic art
A literary art (although sometimes not written down)
A popular art (entertainment) - diversion for a mass audience.
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