Vaudeville Form of show consisting of mixed specialty acts, including song, dance, acrobatics, comic skits and dramatic monologues. Pioneered by Tony Pastor in the 1860's and later by Benjamin Keith, and his partners the elder Edward Albee and Frederick Proctor.
Verisimilitude The appearance of truth. The value that players strive for in their attempt to suspend the audience's disbelief. This is not to be confused with realism or naturalism, for the depiction of truth can take form even in symbolic works.