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    Drama/play

    Is there any difference between 'play' and 'drama' and, for that matter, between 'playwright' and 'dramatist'? Often, they are used synonymously.

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    Re: Drama/play

    In many cases, no, but drama can refer to the action on stage and not the whole play.

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    Re: Drama/play

    A (theatrical) drama is only applied to a serious play. A play could also be a comedy, tragedy or farce.

    'Playwright' and 'dramatist' are often synonymous, but 'tragedian' and 'farceur' also exist as more specific terms.

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    Re: Drama/play

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    A (theatrical) drama is only applied to a serious play. A play could also be a comedy, tragedy or farce..
    Not satisfied. Are the comedies of Aristophanes, Shakespeare, Ben Johnson and Sheridan not dramas?

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    Re: Drama/play

    "Not satisfied" is rather impolite. Perhaps you should say something like "Thank you very much for trying to help me but I am still confused".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Drama/play

    Quote Originally Posted by M Shoaib View Post
    Not satisfied. Are the comedies of Aristophanes, Shakespeare, Ben Johnson and Sheridan not dramas?
    I would guess that he didn't have these in mind when he answered.

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