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Its subject looms large in our cultural memory while remaining a limited thespian whose go-to move was leaning forward, iron jaw extended, as if forever contemplating where to get a good steak.
Since mid-June, almost 30 budding thespians have been rehearsing under the direction of Laurel resident Michael Hartsfield and returning Playhouse musical director Mimi McGinniss.
And all hail Ethiopian-Irish thespian Ruth Negga as Jesse’s pancake-making grifter girlfriend Tulip.
Orenstein has maintained her passion for helping young thespians fulfill their dreams since the fall of 1972, when Jim Rouse invited her to set up her drama school in Columbia's Talbot Springs neighborhood.
Mad TV,’ has morphed into a thespian of elevated dramatic flair by playing the infamous trickster god based on Anansi — the African folklore character.
Baywatch was so poorly acted that its oily thespians could be seen to be inventing, frame by frame, a novel strain of camp.
And the workmen’s bumbling skit about another lovestruck couple (the mythic Pyramus and Thisbe) triggers surefire laughs — especially for Sieber’s enthusiastic thespian Bottom, who is Falstaffian in his zest and lust.
The amateur thespians recall details of JonBenét's death, though not everyone's speech is dripping with confidence or certainty.
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Greek drama was originally entirely performed by choruses. According to tradition, the Greek dramatist Thespis, of the 6th century B.C., was the inventor of tragedy and the first to write roles for the individual actor as distinct from the chorus, and the actor's exchanges with the chorus were the first dramatic dialogue. Since Thespis himself performed the individual parts in his own plays, he was also the first true actor. Ever since choruses disappeared from drama, thespians have filled all the roles in plays. Thespian is also an adjective; thus, we can speak of "thespian ambitions" and "thespian traditions", for example.
First Known Use of thespian
Synonymsimpersonator, mummer, player, thesp, actor, trouper
Related Wordsbarnstormer, enactor, entertainer, performer; actress, starlet; lead, leading lady, leading man, star; coactor, costar; extra, spear-carrier, supernumerary, walk-on; monologuist (or monologist); prima donna, scene-stealer; double, understudy; comedian, farceur; tragedian, tragedienne; ape, aper, ham, imitator, impressionist, masker, masquerader, mime, mimic, pantomime, pantomimist, personator, poser; buffoon, clown, harlequin, stooge, zany
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Examples of thespian in a Sentence
a renowned thespian and director
although she's “acted” in a couple of horror movies, I'd hardly call her one of our more promising thespians
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