verb (used with object), the·at·ri·cal·ized, the·at·ri·cal·iz·ing.
  1. to put into dramatic or theatrical form; dramatize.
  2. to express or represent in a spectacular or extravagantly histrionic manner.

Origin of theatricalize

First recorded in 1770–80; theatrical + -ize
Related formsthe·at·ri·cal·i·za·tion, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018