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What is a good definition of epic theater?

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Epic theater is a movement in drama theorized and popularized by Bertolt Brecht. He was averse to the Aristotelian tradition of theater in which audience enjoyment and emotional indulgence took precedence over social and political criticism. With epic theater, he aimed to engage the audience intellectually instead in order to make them think critically about what was being presented before them.

He achieved this by using what he called the "alienation effect." This did the complete opposite of what traditional theater intended, wherein the willing suspension of disbelief was the key component of any successful portrayal. In epic theater, the “alienation effect” aimed to remove the very theatrical devices of drama in order to lift the viewer from any and all immersion. By stripping traditional theater bare of such qualities, Brecht's epic theater allowed the audience to receive the effects of didactic drama in full. Brecht wanted the audience to leave the passive role of spectator...

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