• Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Theatricism theatricality, affectation, staginess
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  • William James
    “If this life be not a real fight, in which something is eternally gained... it is no better than a game of private theatricals from which one may withdraw at will.”
  • Eric Hoffer
    “Glory is largely a theatrical concept. There is no striving for glory without a vivid awareness of an audience.”
  • Camille Paglia
    “Pornography is human imagination in tense theatrical action; its violations are a protest against the violations of our freedom by nature.”
  • Tony La Russa
    Tony La Russa
    “I'm careful not to give into theatrics when times are tough, I don't like it when somebody gives into outside pressure and puts on a show for others.”
  • Sidonie Gabrielle Colette
    “January, month of empty pockets! Let us endure this evil month, anxious as a theatrical producer's forehead.”
  • Sir Peter Hall
    Sir Peter Hall
    “I don't regard Brecht as a man of iron-gray purpose and intellect, I think he is a theatrical whore of the first quality.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. theatrontheaomai, I see.


In literature:

No child under 15 to engage in any acrobatic or theatrical public exhibition.
"A Short History of Women's Rights" by Eugene A. Hecker
Theatrical representations were the only pleasure the minister enjoyed, in accord with the public of his day.
"A Popular History of France From The Earliest Times Volume V. of VI." by Francois Pierre Guillaume Guizot
There was no prestige, no theatrical illusion.
"Delsarte System of Oratory" by Various
His art was theatrical.
"George Du Maurier, the Satirist of the Victorians" by T. Martin Wood
It was thus that Mary Anderson made her first great theatrical tour through the States.
"Mary Anderson" by J. M. Farrar
The Metropolitan Opera-House in New York is a much more satisfactory example of a theatrical interior.
"Your United States" by Arnold Bennett
As we left the Hall, the theatrical stable-clock was just striking one.
"The Jervaise Comedy" by J. D. Beresford
With the fall of the Stuart dynasty the court theatricals ceased almost altogether.
"A Book of the Play" by Dutton Cook
Theatrical managers no doubt cherish an ideal of courteous behavior.
"The Real Adventure" by Henry Kitchell Webster
I cut the enclosed from a sort of half-sporting, half-theatrical paper our fellows get; no doubt the paragraph is true enough.
"Macleod of Dare" by William Black
At one point of the walk they came to a theatrical billboard announcing an attraction that evening at the Boston Theatre.
"A Dutch Boy Fifty Years After" by Edward Bok
During the past week private theatricals have been suggested.
"The Haunted Chamber" by "The Duchess"
An actress, a theatrical star.
"The Northern Light" by E. Werner
Why," said she, "you surely didn't come to the Highlands to play at private theatricals?
"Prince Fortunatus" by William Black
He was dressed exactly like a theatrical robber, in blue velvet, with a red sash and silver buckles.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine -- Volume 55, No. 340, February, 1844" by Various
Her uninterrupted success made her theatrical life really admirable.
"My Recollections" by Jules Massenet
Sherman was always just a bit theatrical and loved applause, and he, with his staff, stood bowing and smiling and bowing and smiling.
"Memoirs of an American Prima Donna" by Clara Louise Kellogg
You will find it in the theatrical and moving picture worlds.
"The Book of Life: Vol. I Mind and Body; Vol. II Love and Society" by Upton Sinclair
Such an instance is that of Bennett, a theatrical manager once well known in the Midlands.
"Curiosities of Impecuniosity" by H. G. Somerville
This had a striking, almost theatrical effect.
"Narrative of the Circumnavigation of the Globe by the Austrian Frigate Novara, Volume II" by Karl Ritter von Scherzer

In poetry:

But now for the gentle reproaches he bore
On the part of his friends, for refraining before
To embrace the profession, embarking for life
In theatrical storms and poetical strife.
"The Appeal Of The Chorus" by Aristophanes
She wears no colours (sign of grace)
On any part except her face;
All white and black beside:
Dauntless her look, her gesture proud,
Her voice theatrically loud,
And masculine her stride.
"In Imitation of E. of Dorset : Artemisia" by Alexander Pope
And soon theatrical circles were shocked to learn,
Of the sudden death of genial Fred Marsden,
Whose house had been famous for its hospitality,
To artists, litterateurs, and critics of high and low degree.
"The Death of Fred Marsden, the American Playwright" by William Topaz McGonagall
He then salutes for sixty years of it
just now a one of valor and insights,
a theatrical man,
O scholar & Legionnaire who as quickly might
have killed as cast you. Olè. Stormed with years
he tranquil commands and appears.
"Dream Song 63: Bats have no bankers and they do not drink" by John Berryman
Fred. Marsden was a playwright, the theatrical world knows,
And was highly esteemed by the people, and had very few foes;
And in New York, in his bedroom, he took his life away,
And was found by his servant William in his bedroom where he lay.
"The Death of Fred Marsden, the American Playwright" by William Topaz McGonagall

In news:

While drama students study the classics all year at the University of Minnesota, the biggest dose of theatrical reality for many of them comes in the shape of melodrama on an old boat.
"I think that it's all in one location," said Schroeder, who produces many of the park's theatrical productions.
But pay attention to the theatrics.
If you believe, as I do, that dining out is as much a theatrical experience as a culinary one, then you'll agree that the nine-month-old Latin Bistro and Culinary Center is a one-man show.
Historical dramas may be the hardest theatrical genre to get right.
What with Hollywood snapping up every old TV show in creation to make campy theatrical comedies ( 21 Jump Street.
When Bloom comes in to do Bialystock's books, he discovers that more money can be made with a theatrical bomb than a hit.
Phoenicia — The Shandaken Theatrical Society (STS) Playhouse in Phoenicia will present "The Spitfire Grill" a musical about a mysterious stranger that arrives alone in a small town and finds love and family.
TV sports' most-theatrical event this week loses one of its few unscripted elements.
The Phoenix Coyotes didn't need any overtime theatrics or miracle saves from Mike Smith.
The WWL radio host and much-beloved local actor currently is reprising his role as Huey P Long in "The Kingfish, " a one-man theatrical tour-de-force that explores the raw appeal of Louisiana's most notorious political figure.
The Historical and Theatrical Trial Society at the MU Law School held its third mock trial Wednesday night.
Leone's rambling, stately epic runs 161 minutes in this version, 2 minutes longer than the longest American theatrical version.
A Disney Theatrical Productions presentation of a new musical in two acts with music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Jack Feldman, book by Harvey Fierstein, based on the Disney film written by Bob Tzudiker and Noni White.
The feature film, financed in part by Chicago's WBEZ, begins its theatrical run this week.

In science:

With multiple user input each theatrical experience will turn out different depending on the input from the audience.
Graphics Turing Test