A language that doesn't make any sense
A scene involving standing and talking instead of physical action
Identifying objects, characters, places, etc. in the scene
Dialogue or scene that advances the scene
Doing something funny or silly to only get reaction from the audience but not advance the scene
This makes a scene lively and active
Making an offer to introduce conflict but doesn't relate to the narrative prior
Process of moving the scene forward
Accepting offers from other performers to advance the scene
Trying to joke in a scene that results in an unnatural flow
Breaking the fourth wall during a scene
What the scene is about
An offer that enhances what has already happened before
When the scene is not advancing
The act of taking control over a scene, preventing other actors from influencing the scene
A mimed object used in a scene
What a character tries to achieve
The act of making funny faces rather than acting serious
Not being able to make decisions
Giving too much information for a scene and consequently having to find a way to resolve everything in the end
Premise of a scene and/or game
The act of acknowledging an offer yet leaving it alone temporarily in order to use it later
Getting another actor to do something difficult or unfavorable for the sake of messing around
Having small talk rather than engaging in actions
Performers and the crew talking about the show after the performance
A scene that tells the story
Either rejecting information given by an actor or a preplanned movement in conventional theater
Breaking up laughter during a scene
The act of turning intent into movement
Assigning attributes to someone else's character

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