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satyr play

n
(Theatre) (in ancient Greek drama) a ribald play with a chorus of satyrs, presented at the Dionysian festival
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sa′tyr play`


n.
(in ancient Greece) a burlesque or ribald drama having a chorus portraying satyrs.
[1925–30]
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Noun1.satyr play - an ancient Greek burlesque with a chorus of satyrssatyr play - an ancient Greek burlesque with a chorus of satyrs
drama, dramatic play, play - a dramatic work intended for performance by actors on a stage; "he wrote several plays but only one was produced on Broadway"
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Based on Homer's mythology, satyr plays, were part of the extensive performance cycle in Athens during the annual City Dionesia or Great Dionesia, which commemorated the acceptance of the worship of Dionysus in the city, says Shaw.
I would say that Puchner begins from the issues of genre, suggesting that these dialogues are Satyr plays. My own point of departure (in Philosophers and Thespians) has been to draw attention to the similarities and differences between Oedipus, a philosophically inclined dramatic hero who suffers before he dies, and Socrates, who faces death without suffering.
As the final image of the epical hero's rescue from bondage recalls the ending of many satyr plays (Sutton 1980, 147), it may very well be a convention inscribed in Weight.
(13) Dana Sutton stresses the importance of "magical operations such as transformations, rejuvenations and resurrections" as narrative elements in satyr plays (1980, 151).
The chapter on The Goat, or Who is Sylvia?, for instance, convincingly relates elements in that drama to Pompeii sculpture, Two Gentlemen of Verona, Greek satyr plays, Lolita (which Albee once dramatized), the Old Testament book of Leviticus, Lionel Trilling and the ocular peculiarities of the eponymous mammal.
(41) Writers of both satyr plays and satire describe the grotesque body in piecemeal fashion, with its most disreputable parts foregrounded especially when being beaten, abused, denied, or threatened with a dismemberment that reiterates the representational scheme.
If the truth were known, there was probably a thriving musical theatre in ancient Babylon, and the ancient Greeks and Romans clearly produced something quite close to what we now call a 'musical', with their semi-sung dramas and tragedies, and their smutty or topical song-studded comedies and satyr plays.
One is that it occupies a middle region between extremes, expressed in a variety of ways: Socrates is daimonic or satyric (since, like satyr plays, the dialogues are neither tragic nor comic) between merely changing beasts and perfectly unchanging natures, between naturalism and conventionalism, between Parmenidean singularity and Heraclitean flux.
Walton covers Aristophanes, satyr plays, Menander, and Terence (he chooses to discuss Terence instead of Plautus as a representative of Roman comedy), and many difficulties of translating comic texts, such as wordplay, topical references, obscenity, ambiguity, subtext, and moralizing, in thirty-four pages, where in the case of tragedy, with similar scope and approach, he devotes one hundred pages.
satyr play Burlesque comedy performed as comic relief after a classical Greek tragic trilogy.
Presented at the end of a trilogy of tragedies by the same author, a satyr play apparently brought comic relief to the great festivals of drama.
The comic Greek satyr play that came at the end of a cycle of three tragedies had its clear equivalent in the Renaissance, and the attitudes of the audiences in the two epochs seem to have been analogous.