Origin of theater
Examples from the Web for theater
His surprise marriage to theater director Sophie Hunter may have broken hearts, but the squeals of delight were even louder.All Your Internet Boyfriends Are Taken: Gosling, Cumberbatch, and now Joseph Gordon-Levitt|Melissa Leon|January 3, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Now hackers are threatening to bomb any theater that shows it.Six Must-Read Stories About the Sony Hacks, Congo’s Forgotten Colonial Getaway and Another Woman’s Story of U-VA|The Daily Beast|December 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The theater manager called security, and three moonlighting off-duty police deputies arrived.How the U.S. Justice System Screws Prisoners with Disabilities|Elizabeth Picciuto|December 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
After the show, Executive Chef Michael Franey explained the process by which the theater selects its menu.Dinner at Nitehawk Cinema: ‘Christmas Vacation’ and a Beer in a Pear Tree|Rich Goldstein|December 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST
After such a barnstorming stage debut, and while “my heart is in theater,” screen acting intrigues him.
They were to meet at the theater, dress there, and go up to the house in taxicabs.Continuous Vaudeville|Will M. Cressy
Then he gaily sauntered on, until reaching the theater he stopped and made a number of inquiries.The Strollers|Frederic S. Isham
Everybody brought fire-crackers to the theater, and at a certain time all the fire-crackers were set off.The Boy With the U.S. Census|Francis Rolt-Wheeler
She was in the habit of going to the theater every night with me to help me to change my costumes for the different scenes.The Bride of the Tomb and Queenie's Terrible Secret|Mrs. Alexander McVeigh Miller
These signatures comprise the "Who's Who" of the British theater.Charles Frohman: Manager and Man|Isaac Frederick Marcosson and Daniel Frohman
Word Origin and History for theater
late 14c., "open air place in ancient times for viewing spectacles," from Old French theatre (12c.), from Latin theatrum, from Greek theatron "theater," literally "place for viewing," from theasthai "to behold" (cf. thea "a view," theates "spectator") + -tron, suffix denoting place. Meaning "building where plays are shown" (1570s) was transferred to that of "plays, writing, production, the stage" (1660s). Spelling with -re prevailed in Britain after c.1700, but American English retained or revived the older spelling in -er. Generic sense of "place of action" is from 1580s; especially "region where war is being fought" (1914).
The Theatre of the Absurd strives to express its sense of the senselessness of the human condition and the inadequacy of the rational approach by the open abandonment of rational devices and discursive thought. [M. Esslin, "Theatre of the Absurd," 1961]