1. action n., the series of events that form the plot of a story or play
a. The director decided that the second act needed more action and asked the playwright to review the work.
b. The action on stage was spellbinding.
2. approach v. to go near; to come close to in appearance or quality; n., a way or means of reaching something
a. The performance approaches perfection.
b. The director's approach to the play was controversial.
3. audience n., the spectators at a performance
a. The audience cheered the actors as they walked off the stage.
b. The playwright expanded his audience by writing for film as well as for stage.
4. create v., to produce through artistic or imaginative effort
a. The writer created the characters to represent the seven deadly sins.
b. The legendary actress created the role of Blanche and no one else dared take on the part.
5. dialogue n., a conversation between two or more persons
a. The actors performed the dialogue without using scripts.
b. The written dialogue seemed great, but was hard to perform.
6. element n., fundamental or essential constituent
a. The audience is an essential element of live theater.
b. By putting together all the elements of theater into one play, he overwhelmed the critics.
7. experience n., an event or a series of events participated in or lived through
a. The experience of live theater is very thrilling.
b. Going to the theater was not part of Claude's experience growing up.
8. occur v., to take place; to come about
a. The murder in the play occurs in the second act.
b. It never occurred to me that the wife whom the character referred to was imaginary.
9. perform v., to act before an audience, to give a public presentation of
a. The theater group performed a three-act play.
b. Juan performed the role without forgetting any lines.
10. rehearse v., to practice in preparation for a public performance; to direct in rehearsal
a. The players rehearsed for only three weeks before the show opened.
b. The director rehearses with the actors ten hours each day.
11. review n., a critical estimate of a work or performance; v., writing a criticism of a performance
a. The critic's influential review of the play was so negative that it sank the entire production.
b. The newspaper sent a rank amateur to review the play.
12. sold out adj., having all tickets or accommodations completely sold, especially ahead of time; v., to sell all the tickets
a. The Broadway opening was sold out months in advance.
b. We expect that this play will be a smash and sell out quickly