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2nd Feb '16 5:46:28 PM Prfnoff
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* ''Theatre/AStreetcarNamedDesire'' has eleven scenes with no act breaks in the script. However, the original production featured two intermissions.
2nd Feb '16 9:37:37 AM Prfnoff
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* ''The Vagabond King'' is in four acts, being based on a four-act play. The second intermission is supposed to be longer than the others.
2nd Feb '16 9:29:13 AM Prfnoff
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* ''No, No, Nanette'' has always been a three-act musical.
2nd Feb '16 9:26:46 AM Prfnoff
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* ''Theatre/TheGirlOfTheGoldenWest'' was originally a four-act play. The operatic version removes the last act, which is really just a brief epilogue to an already-concluded story.
2nd Feb '16 9:24:37 AM Prfnoff
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Puccini wrote "M. Butterfly"? That answer hits a new low!
* Puccini's opera ''Theatre/MButterfly'' was originally supposed to be in two acts, with a long stage silence in the middle of the second act. (The Belasco play it was based on was in only one act, but was considerably shorter, starting at the point where the opera's second act begins.) After the premiere, many changes were made, including the division of the second act into two parts, with the curtain is lowered in between; the second part is sometimes billed as the third act.
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* Puccini's opera ''Theatre/MButterfly'' ''Madama Butterfly'' was originally supposed to be in two acts, with a long stage silence in the middle of the second act. (The Belasco play it was based on was in only one act, but was considerably shorter, starting at the point where the opera's second act begins.) After the premiere, many changes were made, including the division of the second act into two parts, with the curtain is lowered in between; the second part is sometimes billed as the third act.
2nd Feb '16 9:20:51 AM Prfnoff
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* Many stage versions of ''Cinderella'' are in three acts, with the second act taking place at the ball.
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* Many stage versions of ''Cinderella'' are in three acts, with the second act taking place at the ball.ball (which is also true of ''Die Fledermaus'').
3rd Dec '15 7:40:06 PM Vilui
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Partially due to the addition of much more elaborate sets, the former standard of five-act plays gradually reduced to three acts. This formed its own long-standing convention until finally being largely replaced by two-act plays. Three-act musicals were fairly common until the 1920s, when multiple sets in each act started to become the rule. However, a three-act play generally doesn't have any good way to make due with only one intermission, and an extra half-hour intermission tends to draw out the performance time, which is probably one of the reasons they aren't as common anymore.
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Partially due to the addition of much more elaborate sets, the former standard of five-act plays gradually reduced to three acts. This formed its own long-standing convention until finally being largely replaced by two-act plays. Three-act musicals were fairly common until the 1920s, when multiple sets in each act started to become the rule. However, a three-act play generally doesn't have any good way to make due do with only one intermission, and an extra half-hour intermission tends to draw out the performance time, which is probably one of the reasons they aren't as common anymore. any more.
29th Nov '15 3:52:17 PM FF32
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* "Perestroika", the second part of Tony Kushner's ''AngelsInAmerica'', is in five acts. It is worth noting that, uncut, "Perestroika" is even longer than "Millenium Approaches", but it is virtually always cut down slightly, and Kushner wrote notes in the published script as to what could reasonably be cut.
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* "Perestroika", the second part of Tony Kushner's ''AngelsInAmerica'', ''Theatre/AngelsInAmerica'', is in five acts. It is worth noting that, uncut, "Perestroika" is even longer than "Millenium Approaches", but it is virtually always cut down slightly, and Kushner wrote notes in the published script as to what could reasonably be cut.
23rd Nov '15 12:39:36 PM Morgenthaler
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* Both Moises Kaufman's ''TheLaramieProject'' and ''Gross Indecency'' are in three acts.
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* Both Moises Kaufman's ''TheLaramieProject'' ''Theatre/TheLaramieProject'' and ''Gross Indecency'' are in three acts.
7th Nov '15 12:10:03 PM Morgenthaler
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* Many Kaufman and Hart plays, including ''YouCantTakeItWithYou'' and ''OnceInALifetime''. * "Millenium Approaches", the first part of Tony Kushner's ''AngelsInAmerica'' is divided into three acts, and as "Millenium Approaches" is three hours long, it's not unreasonable to assume most productions take an intermission after each act.
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* Many Kaufman and Hart plays, including ''YouCantTakeItWithYou'' ''Theatre/YouCantTakeItWithYou'' and ''OnceInALifetime''. ''Theatre/OnceInALifetime''. * "Millenium Approaches", the first part of Tony Kushner's ''AngelsInAmerica'' ''Theatre/AngelsInAmerica'' is divided into three acts, and as "Millenium Approaches" is three hours long, it's not unreasonable to assume most productions take an intermission after each act.

* Puccini's opera ''MadameButterfly'' was originally supposed to be in two acts, with a long stage silence in the middle of the second act. (The Belasco play it was based on was in only one act, but was considerably shorter, starting at the point where the opera's second act begins.) After the premiere, many changes were made, including the division of the second act into two parts, with the curtain is lowered in between; the second part is sometimes billed as the third act.
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* Puccini's opera ''MadameButterfly'' ''Theatre/MButterfly'' was originally supposed to be in two acts, with a long stage silence in the middle of the second act. (The Belasco play it was based on was in only one act, but was considerably shorter, starting at the point where the opera's second act begins.) After the premiere, many changes were made, including the division of the second act into two parts, with the curtain is lowered in between; the second part is sometimes billed as the third act.
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