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About Theatre of Illusionism: THEA 270:

A study of selected topics in Western Theatre History including an introduction to current aesthetic questions, then a consideration of several major periods in Western Theatre: The Italian Renaissance, The English Restoration, French Neoclassicism, Theatre of the Enlightenment, Romanticism, and The Popular Theatre of the 19th Century. Connecting these various periods is an aesthetic desire for the theatre to simulate the details of real life as closely as possible, which  may (or may not) culminate in the invention of film at the close of the century. Not coincidentally, this coincides with the development of theatre as a commercial enterprise for leisure entertainment. If theatre reflects the society in which it is created, we can study different cultures and history by studying theatre.

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