street theater

noun

: 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 Six of the film’s main protagonists were present, treating the crowd on the Croisette to a live street theater performance during their stay in Cannes. Lise Pedersen, Variety, 21 May 2024 In the western city of Lviv, for example, more than 200 Christmas and New Year’s activities, including the street theater skits on Christmas Day, were organized under the new calendar. Andrew E. Kramer, New York Times, 25 Dec. 2023 Some provided food and water, others street theater and rites of mourning for Hussein. Aatish Taseer, New York Times, 9 Nov. 2023 The procession is an annual piece of street theater, organized by Flock Theatre, a New London troupe. Amelia Nierenberg, New York Times, 20 Sep. 2023 In 1989, when the 35-year-old Communist playwright and street theater director Safdar Hashmi was beaten to death by right-wing thugs while performing near Delhi, Mr. Sundaram, with other cultural figures, organized a collective to oppose religious fundamentalism and sectarianism. Holland Cotter, New York Times, 11 Apr. 2023 The Sisters are a nonprofit community group that mixes drag queen elegance with street theater panache. Nora Mishanec, San Francisco Chronicle, 9 Apr. 2023 Marching not far from the Théâtre du Soleil, a street theater company called Les Grandes Personnes had also brought two oversize puppets, both regulars appearances in their shows: Céline, an older white woman, and K.S., a young Black man. Laura Cappelle, New York Times, 9 Mar. 2023 From dancers practicing in a park, to construction workers stretching before starting the day, to an all-women’s saxophone ensemble, Tokyo offers lively, synchronized, uniquely Japanese street theater. National Geographic, 12 Jan. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1882, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of street theater was in 1882

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“Street theater.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/street%20theater. Accessed 17 Jun. 2024.

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