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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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This latter crisis is of interest here and, more specifically, the question of how one theatricalizes a global economic meltdown, which stemmed from arcane, confuse-the-common-man jargon and policies, like derivatives, credit default swaps, "light touch" regulation, sub-prime mortgages, predatory lending, and securitized debt arrangements, and involved a litany of fiscally irresponsible financial institutions, including Freddie and Fannie Mae, AIG, Lehman Brothers, Bear Stearns, RBS, among others.
Back in the age of print, Abdelfattah Abusrour theatricalizes a cartoon, the well-known series Handala that featured a ragged refugee boy who, with his back turned, commented sardonically on political affairs (for samples see http://www.
The prologue, which expresses her "outrage" for being "forced" into the immodest breeches, theatricalizes precisely the disruption of the conventional expectations of the identity between actress and role.
Whether this coda records fact or theatricalizes unrealistic speculation remains unclear.
For Dickinson's project radically theatricalizes an experiment that was already, in itself, a work of theater, foregrounding the forced passivity of viewing and recursively defining "authority" as well as "obedience.
Martha, specifically, consciously theatricalizes her own body, her words, her role (or roles), and her relationship with the other (absent or present) characters.