Definition of playlet in US English:



  • A short play or dramatic piece.

    • ‘Confronted with divine works, the characters in Terrence McNally's two playlets react with decidedly profane thoughts.’
    • ‘It surfaces in all three playlets, where fathers bring death.’
    • ‘‘It was a short story which I turned into a playlet,’ he explains gleefully.’
    • ‘The young people involved will develop five playlets covering each of the county council's main aims.’
    • ‘The playlets revolved around interesting situations like that of a naive, conservative and traditional mother whose teenage daughter breaks the news of her pregnancy.’
    • ‘Wiltshire County Council has got together with two drama groups to produce five playlets which will be performed for new councillors after the county council elections in May.’
    • ‘In performance, each sonnet is presented twice; even so, it is not easy to make the connection with the resulting playlets.’
    • ‘Not all of Tennessee Williams's unpublished or forgotten playlets deserve staging.’
    • ‘The Sondheim revues work as well as they do because so often the songs are inherently dramatic, almost playlets in their own right.’
    • ‘There are a number of terrifying playlets dotted through the book.’
    • ‘Sometimes they were monologues, sometimes they were playlets.’
    • ‘Thirty pupils, aged eight and nine, put the reminiscences into words and music when they performed playlets and songs at Devizes Library with members of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra.’
    • ‘There may be a pun on suite, as in a set of pieces, but not on sweet, which is hardly the taste these playlets leave in the mouth.’
    • ‘Wilson doesn't force the show into a succession of playlets, but he gives the dramatic potential of each song a free run.’
    • ‘So if these religious playlets are essentially such crowd pleasers, why aren't they staged more often?’
    • ‘He doesn't create elaborate conceits or mini - playlets, either.’
    • ‘This comic playlet aspires to be nothing more than an erudite pantomime.’
    • ‘More than 300 children, aged between four and seven, participated in different items including songs, nursery rhymes, playlets, story telling and fancy dress competition.’
    • ‘This propels three playlets showing how, depending on trifles, the evening may turn out in three different ways, variously affecting four lives.’
    • ‘The Bedroom, the title of the first playlet, is the bedroom of a well to do nobleman and his wife.’
    performance, turn, routine, number, item, piece, sketch, skit, dance, song
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