act, drama

act, drama defined in 1939 year

act, drama - Act, Drama;
act, drama - In drama, that portion of a play which is performed continuously, and is followed by a brief period of rest, or entr'acte, intended to denote the passage of time. This division, even that into five acts, dates back to Roman times. On the other hand, the ancient Greek drama was not thus divided, breaks in the action being filled in by choric passages. Modern dramatists have largely broken with the five-act tradition, and their plays are frequently divided into no more than three acts indicating three more or less definite stages in the story unfolded—exposition, development, and climax. An act may consist of one or several scenes. See Drama.

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