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  1. Dear Justin, first of all a huge thanks for your hard work. Your site has been a great source for me and I really appreciate what you’re doing.

    Is it possible to add a source to the theatrical definition of vignette? Also could you define action blocks in terms of theatre? It would be much appreciated.

    1. Hi Nawser, thanks for your kind feedback!

      Mmmmm…I did write this post a while back. I don’t recall any single source for the information. I Googled the etymology of vignette. I recall sourcing several online dictionaries to compile the 4 short definitions of the word. Looks like I may have done a bit of Wikipededia-ing, too, but the content of this source would have altered multiple times since I wrote the post. In retrospect, I see the pages listed here may have been sourced to write the article, as it was only a brief post: Sorry, I can’t help you any more with this.

      As for action blocks, my understanding is action blocks are what I refer to as physical stage directions to my students in drama class – those that describe physical movement in the stage directions in parentheses in a script.

      A little help from A.I. on this one reveals:

      Action blocks refer to the physical movements and gestures made by actors during a scene or play. Action blocks are an important aspect of stage direction and can help convey the emotions and intentions of a character to the audience.

      Action blocks can include a wide range of movements, from simple gestures like pointing or nodding, to more complex actions like dancing or fighting. They can also involve the movement of props, set pieces, or other objects on stage.

      Action blocks are typically included in the script of a play or provided by the director during rehearsals. They are often indicated in the script with stage directions in parentheses, which describe the actions the character should take. For example, a stage direction might read “(crosses to the window)” to indicate that the character should move across the stage to the window.

      The three paragraphs, above, did not come from a single source but from a vast array of online sources in the A.I. model’s database.

      Hope this helps, Nawser. – Justin