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 By the early 1970s, Woodhouse was back in San Diego in the street theater troupe Indian Magique, which performed skits and circus acts at Zoro Garden in Balboa Park for spare change. San Diego Union-Tribune, 13 Feb. 2022 This form, which came to be called immersive theater, has its origins in the Happenings of the ’60s art world (or even further back, in participatory rituals and street theater). New York Times, 9 Feb. 2022 McLaren might be less flamboyant than some of its rivals, but the LT’s dihedral doors and backlit engine bay, which glows red with mechanical malice, add some welcome street theater. Tim Pitt, Robb Report, 26 Jan. 2022 Ferruccio Lamborghini never believed that racing improved the breed, with the cars his eponymous company built under his leadership all being designed more for street theater than circuit thrills. Mike Duff, Car and Driver, 6 Aug. 2021 Symbolic action — protest marches, street theater, and similar efforts — reinvigorate activists themselves while targeting an injustice, with the aim of pressing public officials or other institutions to change policy. Julia Shipley, Rolling Stone, 26 May 2021 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, 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,, 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, 13 May 2020 See More

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First Known Use of street theater

1882, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of street theater was in 1882

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“Street theater.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Aug. 2022.

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