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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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* Otherworld Theatre Company, founded in 2012 to theatricalize science fiction and fantasy tales, presents "Moon, Prism, Power!
After all, as a theatre practitioner how do you theatricalize what happened on September 15th, 2008, as the Great Recession was born?
If she decides to theatricalize her own masquerade, she may be able to turn the phallic stratagem of transforming the woman into a mirror against itself.
The crude stereotyping of Svengali and the female English singer Trilby contrasts with the much more nuanced portrait of James's heroine, but both fictions theatricalize ethnic conflict and identity.
The two works theatricalize Guernica, and in doing so participate in an ongoing conversation across the arts about the role of the author/artist (whose responsibility for a written text was coming under increasing scrutiny), and ways to reconfigure the relationship between an audience and works of art of all types.
In Michael Fischer's apt words, "by not making ourselves present to other people, we theatricalize them, turning their lives into a spectacle and their world into a stage that we (only) view."(12)
Lee sees Circus as emblematic of Matta-Clark's "projects that 'theatricalize' minimalist contingency" by confusing any intuition of order or totality while inside, producing "a state of perpetual vertigo."
(33) The Man of Mode and The Rover self-consciously theatricalize the process of amnesia (with varying degrees of cynicism and critical distance) by embodying libertine transgression in a lover dramatically expelled.
But this conflation of textual inside and outside also carries a political significance, which Morrison describes in "Unspeakable Things Unspoken," her Tanner Lecture on Human Values, as an attempt to produce a novel that "would not theatricalize itself, would not erect a proscenium" between book and reader.
Morton, president of the Tuskegee Institute, to reform the Haitian educational system under the auspices of the US-hegemonic Good Neighbor Policy; the role of Claude Barnett and US black business interests in promoting the capitalist development of Haiti; the late 1940/50s efforts by NAACP head Walter White to increase tourism to Haiti while still challenging US hegemony of Haitian affairs; the mid-20th century engagement between US black choreographers and efforts to discipline and "theatricalize" Haitian folkloric dance; and the decline in US African American and Haitian relations in response to the Duvalier dictatorship.
They "see only Nora's wild body, which they theatricalize in the moment in which it is most genuinely expressive" (240).
He employs a dialectical analysis to observe that the exotic violence of Titus Andronicus functions not only to theatricalize power in Renaissance England but as a spectacular diversion from the common and undramatic governmental violence aimed at England's general populace: penal hangings that snuffed out the lives of thousands of English people.