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mystery play

n.
A medieval drama based on scriptural events especially in the life of Jesus.

[From mystery.]

mystery play

n
(Theatre) (in the Middle Ages) a type of drama based on the life of Christ. Compare miracle play

mys′tery play`


n.
a medieval drama based on a Bible story, usu. about Christ. Compare miracle play, morality play.
[1850–55]
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Noun1.mystery play - a medieval play representing episodes from the life of Christ
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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mystery play

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Each had made his choice; one, the bonfire; another, the maypole; another, the mystery play. It must be stated, in honor of the good sense of the loungers of Paris, that the greater part of this crowd directed their steps towards the bonfire, which was quite in season, or towards the mystery play, which was to be presented in the grand hall of the Palais de Justice (the courts of law), which was well roofed and walled; and that the curious left the poor, scantily flowered maypole to shiver all alone beneath the sky of January, in the cemetery of the Chapel of Braque.
In the middle of the hall, opposite the great door, a platform of gold brocade, placed against the wall, a special entrance to which had been effected through a window in the corridor of the gold chamber, had been erected for the Flemish emissaries and the other great personages invited to the presentation of the mystery play.
This crowd had been waiting since daybreak for three things: noonday, the embassy from Flanders, the mystery play. Noonday alone had arrived on time.
TROPES, LITURGICAL PLAYS, AND MYSTERY PLAYS. But all these forms, though they were not altogether without later influence, were very minor affairs, and the real drama of the Middle Ages grew up, without design and by the mere nature of things, from the regular services of the Church.
The Mystery Plays seem to have reached their greatest popularity in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries.
As compared with the usual type of Mystery plays the Moralities had for the writers this advantage, that they allowed some independence in the invention of the story; and how powerful they might be made in the hands of a really gifted author has been finely demonstrated in our own time by the stage-revival of the best of them, 'Everyman' (which is probably a translation from a Dutch original).
The various dramatic forms from the tenth century to the middle of the sixteenth at which we have thus hastily glanced--folk-plays, mummings and disguisings, secular pageants, Mystery plays, Moralities, and Interludes--have little but a historical importance.
A LITTLE later than the Miracle and Mystery plays came another sort of play called the Moralities.
ISLAMABAD: The two-day shows of "Main Ne Kuch Nahi Kiya", a mystery play jointly arranged by Theatre Wallay and Rung School concluded here Sunday after staging two successful shows at The Farm for theatre lovers in twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad.
ISLAMABAD -- The two-day shows of 'Main Ne Kuch Nahi Kiya', a mystery play jointly arranged by Theatre Wallay and Rung School concluded here Sunday after staging two successful shows at The Farm for theatre lovers in twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad.
lIf the adults need a treat after all that kids' stuff, crime writers Douglas Skelton, Caro Ramsay, Theresa Talbot and Michael J, Malone will present Carry on Sleuthing, a radio-style comic mystery play at Waterstones, Argyle Street, on Friday at 7pm.
Ultimately, it is not my argument that Marlowe was influenced by any single mystery play specifically, but that the possibilities and dramatic resources offered by the dramatization of Christ's entry inform the nuances of Mar-lowe's treatment of community as irreconcilably heterogeneous and fragmented in the Jew of Malta.