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Despite her sometimes contradictory cultural allegiances, Bronte saw in Rachel's theatricalism a way for women to express what she figured as an emotional interior.
A mockery of much that is called Christian ministry is being made by the "unholy trinity" of professionalism, consumerism and theatricalism.
Among the studies on the play's theatricalism and spectacle include those by Eleanor Tweedie, '"Action is Eloquence": The Staging of Thomas Kyd's Spanish Tragedy', Studies in English Literature, 1500-1900 16.
Note that a life of Booth published the year after Goodale's also describes him in terms of melodrama, in this case managing to disparage melodrama itself while still invoking the form to characterize Booth's own larger-than-life suffering: "To raise the curtain on the life of Edwin Booth, tragedian, is to reveal a melodrama of abashing theatricalism.
This particular reviewer's distaste for contemporary performance is as clear as is his disapproval of theatricalism in painting.
Part 1, "Frames," includes Arnold Aronson, "Avant-Garde Scenography and the Frames of the Theatre" (21-38); Elinor Fuchs, "Clown Shows: AntiTheatricalist Theatricalism in Four Twentieth-Century Plays" (39-57); Herbert Lindenberger, "Anti-Theatricality in Twentieth-Century Opera" (58-75); and Charlie Keil, "'All the Frame's a Stage': (Anti-)Theatricality and Cinematic Modernism (76-94).
Because neither of them is interested in realism, because both of them are interested in extreme theatricalism and both of them seem to ask the question with every show - what is possible in the theatre?
Stylized acting, a projecting stage, and frank scenic artifices and conventions were the hallmarks of theatricalism.