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tr.v. the·at·ri·cal·ized, the·at·ri·cal·iz·ing, the·at·ri·cal·iz·es
1. To adapt to performance on the stage; dramatize: "All ethnic dance troupes theatricalize the dance of the folk" (Robert J. Pierce).
2. To make a spectacle of; display showily.

the·at′ri·cal·i·za′tion (-kə-lĭ-zā′shən) n.
the·at′ri·cal·iz′er n.


(θɪˈætrɪkəˌlaɪz) or


1. (Theatre) (tr) to adapt (something) for presentation in a theatre
2. (tr) to present in a showy or theatrical way
3. (Theatre) (intr) to perform in a theatre
4. (Theatre) (intr) to go to the theatre
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In this as in several other passages, Uris refuses to flinch from raw violence, though in a few others (like Huxley's death scene) he theatricalizes it.
In effect, the veil worn by these young Muslim women in public school theatricalizes or disrupts the state school norms and the French principle of laicite.
Like Marriage a la Mode, The Country Wife proves particularly revealing for the way it explicitly theatricalizes the relationship between erotic desire and social organization.