closet drama

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closet drama

n.
A play to be read rather than performed.
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closet drama

n
(Theatre) chiefly
a. drama suitable for reading rather than performing
b. a play of this kind
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clos′et dra`ma


n.
1. drama appropriate for reading rather than for acting.
2. a play in this form.
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Noun1.closet drama - drama more suitable for reading that for performing
drama - the literary genre of works intended for the theater
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