READ and WATCH: Tableau

1 Definition of Tableau

A Tableau is defined as
An interlude in which the actors freeze in position and then resume action as before or hold their positions until the curtain falls. In the nineteenth century many plays ended their acts with tableaux, and frequently a play ended with tableau. For the costumed representation of well-known scenes, pictures, or personages, the tableau vivant (living picture) was used. Such tableaux are often presented in pageants or on floats. (Holman and Harmon 471)

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