street theater


Definition of street theater

: drama dealing with controversial social and political issues that is usually performed outdoors

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Recent Examples on the Web In a way, delivering street theater is what Lamborghini has always done. New York Times, "German Accent, Italian Flair: How Audi Taught Lamborghini Quality," 2 Apr. 2020 Founded in 1943, the IPTA pioneered a form of street theater that combined elements of folk music and drama with a revolutionary message (imagine a lively, non-doctrinaire variant of Mao’s propaganda outfits). Ratik Asokan, The New York Review of Books, "A New Look At Ritwik Ghatak’s Bengal," 25 Jan. 2020 As in street theater, furniture pieces are few and props are often two-dimensional renderings. Rob Hubbard, Twin Cities, "Review: Minnesota Opera’s ‘Barber of Seville’ keeps its focus on the fun," 13 Nov. 2019 For 10 days in July, close to two million people turn up to enjoy a riot of free concerts and street theater known as the Gentse Feesten. National Geographic, "Three by land: Life-changing tales from female travelers," 14 Nov. 2019 Waters’s remark provided an intriguing moment of impromptu street theater, a mini-drama suffused with subtextual peril. Peter Marks, Washington Post, "Joe Biden is back for an encore. Will he at last command center stage?," 25 July 2019 There are generally three styles of walks here: historic, street theater and storytelling — all with engaging tales of history, violence and mayhem. Rick Steves' Europe, The Seattle Times, "Specialized tours enrich travel," 14 Nov. 2018 Attendees can also enjoy live arts ranging from Baltimore Symphony Orchestra concerts to dance, opera, jazz, street theater performances, experimental music, and a comedy club. Necee Regis,, "Here, there, and everywhere," 10 July 2018 For the next three or more months, the company criss-crossed the island, teaming up with community kitchens and other ad hoc groups to stage street theater, lead workshops, and develop new work. Martha Bayne, Chicago Reader, "Arts / Performing Arts / Visual Art / Theater Y No Había Luz brings the voices of post-Maria Puerto Rico to Chicago," 9 July 2018

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First Known Use of street theater

1882, in the meaning defined above

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28 May 2020

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“Street theater.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 May. 2020.

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