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Theatre, a cultural introduction

Getting to know the word from all angles...

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Understanding the word Theatre

A word can represent many things. First and foremost it represents a type of gesture. A specific way of speaking. A specific way of inscribing a mark. A specific way of moving your hand. To know one of these kinds of gestures is to know how to pronounce the word theatre in some kind of way.

If you want to communicate an idea using the word theatre, you will need to know what other people are made to think when you make the gesture. You will never have complete awareness of or control over the associations or identities that are invoked by a set of words, but you can know what was and what is a single word's jointly accepted definition, at least for a given place, thereby tracing a direction which will help you to understand what kinds of associations and identities are driving its use.

By using the word yourself, you enter into a long-standing albeit oftentimes unconscious debate over its definition, forever entangling yourself into the history of its use. The way you use it, and which other words you use it with carries weight.

The more you know about where the word theatre is located in the fabric of a language, the better you will be at exploiting its cultural power.

Pronunciation of TheatreMargo on a trampoline

I have yet to publish a pronunciation for the word theatre.

Video of me pronouncing "theatre."

Definition of TheatreMargo on a trampoline

I have yet to publish the definition of theatre.

I'm sure it won't take too long.

Common use of theatre in illustrative example sentencesMargo on a trampoline

  1. I haven't been to the theatre in a long time. Is there anything good playing?

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  2. It's spelled theatre, not theater.

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  3. He spent the rest of the war in the European theatre.

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  4. I have yet to come up with a fourth sentence using the word theatre.

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  5. I have yet to come up with a fifth sentence using the word theatre.

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  6. I have yet to come up with a sixth sentence using the word theatre.

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Usage of Theatre in Michal's Fiction CorpusMargo on a trampoline

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Michal's Fiction Corpus of Acceptance Literature (FiCAL) is presented under the Bare Bottom imprint. It is currently comprised of six bodies of work, each representing a different pillar of culture and incorporating a wide variety of writhing styles.

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Theatre, a morphological approach

I have yet to make a morphological analysis of the word theatre.

That doesn't mean it's not high on my list.

Table of Frequency for the Word "Theatre."

This table lists in descending order the total number of times that the word theatreand any of its morphological derivations appears in the Fiction Corpus, along with a breakdown of frequency by title, the respective rank of each word in the complete list of all words in the Corpus, as calculated both densely and competitively, as well as the percent increase in frequency of the word over the frequency of the next lowest rank in the complete list.

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Percent Increase over next rankRANKWORDFrequency
TOTAL # of occurencesMCDONALDSJESUSSEXTSIGAJACKSONDINGBATS
densecompetitivemodern/sloppybiblical/tersepoetic/high-browhard/fasttalkymixed salad
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I have yet to publish the table of frequency for the word theatre, but I will get to it shortly. -Michal

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Usage of Theatre in Death to McDonalds

An aerial view of Dodger Stadium in the foreground, with an imaginary partially submerged Los Angeles behind

A story bible for a comic book series set in a post climate-change California narrated by eight characters who live through a natural disaster that sinks Los Angeles and triggers a war with an expansionist Mexican government covertly supported by China.

Frame #966

people keep walking in and out of the theatre. i have agatha watching the stairs. i need to know if anyone else goes into that room.

Kim "Kris" Kardashian

5 August, 8:03 PM

Frame #4682

the clinic just got pumped full of lead. a minigun fired from the theatre. theres broken glass. blood everywhere. people dying.

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11 October, 10:30 AM

Frame #4680

jcpenney's coming. shes got target with her. theyre walking down the alley next to the theatre. i cant let her cross the street.

Sprint "Iphone" Case

11 October, 10:28 AM

Frame #5475

militiamen are guarding the theatres. i dont know if theyre having secret meetings or hiding the diesel. either way im not getting in.

Sprint "Iphone" Case

23 November, 10:22 AM

Frame #401

hey - our suspect number was traced to a venista store in downtown santa ana. next to the theatre. ill be sniffing around if you need me.

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29 July, 5:00 PM

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Usage of Theatre in The Gospel of Jesus H.

A picture of the planet Mars

An experimental science fiction Christology that makes Jesus the hard boiled narrator of his own early years on a bizarro earth made dark by volcanic ash and informally ruled by a man from Mars who sells bottled air.

Jesus took her down to the street. At the corner, they turned left. When they reached the main road, Jesus turned right. "On your left," said Jesus, as Zoe ran to catch up, "you'll find Treblinka's Culture Center. Inside, you would find the town's only movie theatre."

"Do they have a regular theatre as well?"

Verses 322-323 from the chapter called Security

Meanwhile, unbeknownst to anyone living on Earth, terrorists were plaguing Mars. Two years before the Interplanetary Trade Center was demolished, five explosions over a period of two weeks devastated apartment buildings around Centropolis. Two hundred and ninety-three people were killed. The Revolutionary government began a massive security operation to safeguard more than thirty thousand apartment blocks around the city. The terrorists were undaunted. In the next few years, they took hostages in theatres; they blew up space ships in orbit around Mars; and finally, they attacked a school and took hundreds of Martian children hostage. Too many of them were killed, people said: they blamed the government.

Verse 312 from the chapter called Adolescence

The electric truck quietly drove down the road, away from Town Square. After we turned right onto the road to the highway, we passed the town's ancient motte and turned right again. Passing the garages, we turned left and then left again onto Field Road. Passing Cosmonaut Road and Theatre Road, we got to the end. There was forest. A dirt path went along the western edge of the property of Elementary School Number Two in Marie Curie's name and connected with the other side of Field Road. A second path went through the wood.

Verse 148 from the chapter called Security

"It was very big news back then, I assure you - and I'm not surprised that they found it. You'll notice that Treblinka has at least one of everything. It makes you never want to leave: one theatre, one basilica, one convent, one rotunda, and one homo erectus archeological dig. Now, you might not be ready to believe this, but, in the campsite - the homo erectus campsite - they found rhinoceros bones - and, whether or not you choose to believe, as the scientists have already assumed, that primitive man hunted rhinoceros, I hope you come to accept the simple fact that, at some point, we even entertained a wild rhinoceros in our midst. Can you image hunting wild rhinoceros around here? With a pointy stick?"

Verse 458 from the chapter called Security

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Usage of Theatre in Sex for Children

A drawing of a man between a woman's legs in front of another man in a hospital bed

A literature book narrated by a pair of siblings on either side of the Atlantic whose profoundly weird sexual experiences pose a serious challenge to their traditional understanding of mathematicians, marriage, gay young men and God.

When, after about half a year, I came back to America, I was rather pleased to see him again. I soon discovered, however, that in my former position of intimate friend he had replaced me with a certain man, who shall remain nameless, but who did share his interest in theatre.

– Title 1, Regarding Peaches and Bananas, Part 2, Section 6, Third Party Intervention, Paragraph 3, Clauses 6-8

He even fought to secure legislation protecting the copyright of an artist. And it came as a great surprise to learn that he was very involved with the theatre. I knew that his first great painting was a scene from a contemporary farce, but the extent of the theatre's influence on him was gradually revealed to me and I was dumbfounded. He was even friends with the famous Mr. Garrick, and all this was greatly appreciated by my companions. This exploration of all the influences over Mr. Hogarth comprised the bulk of the lecture, and it extended to include not only the theatre, but also the painter's experience of marriage.

– Title 2, Regarding the Romaniac, Part 1, Section 12, Private Clubs, Paragraph 4, Clauses 5-12

Christie was very sorry that she had gone to that bathroom; a whole hour was lost, and the lecture had taken so long, she now had to leave for the theatre. She was very apologetic; Macy and I were very hungry, and Christie suggested we go and eat some lunch, there being plenty of time before the show.

– Title 2, Regarding the Romaniac, Part 1, Section 12, Private Clubs, Paragraph 9, Clauses 1-2

When Nike was not around, he was not there to balance things, or to talk about theatre for that matter, which is what he would always do, and which Macy would rarely mention on his own, probably for being sick of it. However that was one of the few topics I felt comfortable enquiring about, and though Macy and I were able, gradually, to wean ourselves away from Nike, we relied at first on our experience in Austria. But because of the nature of that experience, and also my failings as a conversationalist, this made matters a bit more lopsided than I desired.

– Title 1, Regarding Peaches and Bananas, Part 2, Section 5, Falling in Love, Paragraph 2

I expected more, and, waiting for it, I was unaware for a moment that her statement was meant to be taken for what it was - independently, literally, and quite free from explication. Macy's face had become a disturbing shade of red; at least he was smiling. Stuttering my way through an explanation, I had the presence of mind to salvage my dignity and compliment him otherwise, capping my appraisal of his talent by saying, "You should enter the theatre," which had a miraculous effect.

– Title 1, Regarding Peaches and Bananas, Part 2, Section 4, Meeting a Man in Austria, Paragraph 5, Clauses 6-9

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Usage of Theatre in Tsiga Tsiga Tsiga

Bullets whizzing by a statue of Nikola Tesla

A collection of stories featuring a sexy Parisian ghost, a spooky Moon base full of vagina-faced aliens, a policeman with an Irish name, a truck full of watermelons, a flautist, and a man who has to see another man about a diseased horse.

"Theatre" does not make an appearance in Tsiga Tsiga Tsiga.

- Michal Slaby

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Usage of Theatre in Sorry Ms. Jackson

Chiseled letters from an ancient stone tablet hanging on a wall

A real play. With drama in it. Talk fast. It takes two hours. Set in a guest house. In a small community. After a murder. Lots of suspicion. The characters learn to listen to each other. It's funny.

ALICE: You don't have to know your neighbors. It's the city without the smog or the noise. They've been magically replaced by mountains and beaches.

FLETCHER: If only you could work here as an actress. Unfortunately, I don't think our theatre is quite worthy of you.

ALICE: They don't do much Shakespeare.

FLETCHER: Do you like performing on stage?

ALICE: I enjoy it. It's only a job: like carpentry or farming.

FLETCHER: You've never held a hoe, have you?

– ACT I, lines 480-485

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Usage of Theatre in Miscellaneous Dingbats

The title of the book at the end of a string of miscellaneous dingbats

A story book full of short fiction stories. An interesting bedtime mystery. A fairy tale. Science fiction romance. Adult life. Uninspiring gay fiction. Horror.

Some not so unattractive female cousins of mine took me to see a movie. I got excited when I got to the theatre. Instead of popcorn and soda the bar was selling pickled peppers and beer. They even had cocktails. The movie was less suprising. It was an American comedy that was released in the States at least a year and a half earlier. I was glad there was no dubbing. Just subtitles. Until I started watching and I realized I was laughing at the jokes a full five seconds before anybody else. If at all. I was supremely embarrassed once again. Until the cocktails kicked in.

– from “The Most Idiotic Actress,” a fictional story based on real life as related to the author

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Collocation of Theatre in the Fiction Corpus

Table of Collocation for the Word "Theatre."

This table lists in descending order of frequency a selection of word pairs that appear in the Fiction Corpus and groups them according to the morphological derivation of the word theatre that appears in the pair.

TypeWORDFrequency
TOTAL # of occurencesMCDONALDSJESUSSEXTSIGAJACKSONDINGBATS
modern/sloppybiblical/tersepoetic/high-browhard/fasttalkymixed salad
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I have yet to perform a collocation analysis of "theatre." I hope I can get it done sometime soon. -Michal

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