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The Importance of Set Design in Shaping and Effecting Realism and Modern DramaThroughout history there has been a call for entertainment This entertainment has seen many changes from jesters to hangings to orgies to finally the combination of all of these into a stage performance known to the masses as theatre or performance art The theatre has seen many changes itself from the tragedies and comedies of old to theatre of the current day Two of the major movements within contemporary theatre that have revolutionized thinking and portrayed some of the better philosophies and ideals of life surrounding the audience in that era were the realism movement and the absurdist movement within modern drama Realism was known for the masking of all theatre machinery from the audience while the absurdist movement was the anti-thesis of realism and explored the minimalization of set and language The physical setting in realistic theatre was completely focused on trying to make the stage look as real as life The physical setting of the majority of modern theatre is less about making the set look real but rather exploration of location without time or specificity of actual place The two sets for the two movements made the audience focus on different points of view Realism was inherently more limited as to what it could make the audience feel and think while modern theatre pulls the audience into a more thought provoking processWithin realism there was the Moscow Art Theatre under Stanislavskys tutelage and leadership which made huge strides towards perfecting the way that acting was thought of Other reknown play writes of the realistic persuasion were Chekhov Pinter Mamet and Ibsen Ibsens career as a playwright started with a play entitled Brand Brand is an exploration of mans relationship to God and a commentary on the life of complete devotion The setting is in a small village for the first part of the play and a mountain later in the
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