street theater


Definition of street theater

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

Examples of street theater in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The architecture firm Marvel has designed a quick-deployment street theater made of shipping containers that could be elevated to let traffic pass underneath. Justin Davidson, Curbed, "How We’ll Be Able to Hear Live Music This Summer," 26 Feb. 2021 Some were organized by the Yippies, the Youth International Party founded by Abbie Hoffman, Jerry Rubin and a few friends and known for their street theater-style protests in New York. Doug George,, "The Chicago 7: A timeline of the protests, the clashes, the trial and the fallout," 16 Oct. 2020 The groups walk a thin line between civil disobedience and political street theater in a way that has caused a split within the anti-lockdown movement, some of whose proponents oppose such brazen challenges to the authorities. David Montgomery, New York Times, "Businesses Chafing Under Covid-19 Lockdowns Turn to Armed Defiance," 13 May 2020 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

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First Known Use of street theater

1882, in the meaning defined above

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16 Mar 2021

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“Street theater.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 May. 2021.

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