Definition of closet play in English:

closet play

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(also closet drama)


  • A play to be read rather than acted.
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    • After the ambitious Radio Days, Allen decided to attempt a closet drama in a style reminiscent of Ibsen.
    • Written in a language which was not yet spoken, they were essentially closet dramas.
    • She composed several verse translations and is recognized as author of the closet drama The Tragedie of Mariam, ascribed to ‘E.C. ’, the first known play in English by a woman.

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