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1    a work to be performed by actors on stage, radio, or television; play  
2    the genre of literature represented by works intended for the stage  
3    the art of the writing and production of plays  
4    a situation or sequence of events that is highly emotional, tragic, or turbulent  
     (C17: from Late Latin: a play, from Greek: something performed, from dran to do)  

closet drama  
      n     (Chiefly U.S)  
a    drama suitable for reading rather than performing  
b    a play of this kind  
music drama  
1    an opera in which the musical and dramatic elements are of equal importance and strongly interfused  
2    the genre of such operas  
     (C19: translation of German Musikdrama, coined by Wagner to describe his later operas)  
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1    dramatization, play, show, stage play, stage show, theatrical piece  
2    acting, dramatic art, dramaturgy, stagecraft, theatre, Thespian art  
3    crisis, dramatics, excitement, histrionics, scene, spectacle, theatrics, turmoil  

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