Amateur dramatics



noun

exaggerated or theatrical behavior; histrionics
Examples

We have all seen the amateur dramatics of children when they do not get what they want.
Contemporary Examples

Not unlike the Oscars, the Razzies ceremony is a rickety mix of sharp wit, amateur dramatics, and musical pastiche.
The Worst Awards in Hollywood Sean Macaulay March 6, 2010

Historical Examples

The dramatic instinct, if so it may be called, has always been marked with me, and amateur dramatics are still my chief diversion.
Studies in the Psychology of Sex, Volume 3 (of 6) Havelock Ellis

Not by your landlord, but you know what amateur dramatics are.
The Bicyclers and Three Other Farces John Kendrick Bangs

Our aim is always high, and they would be right to aim at nothing lower than this in their amateur dramatics.
Imaginary Interviews W. D. Howells

Mrs. Westley, who had never quite outgrown a love of amateur dramatics, gave her approval to Isobel’s plans for her costume.
Highacres Jane Abbott

amateur dramatics are one of the most enjoyable and wholesome forms of recreation.
The Farmer and His Community Dwight Sanderson

It was unlucky, for his amateur dramatics were to be crowned that evening by a public part on the college stage.
Sigurd Our Golden Collie and Other Comrades of the Road Katharine Lee Bates

Percy thought that you must have seen so much of amateur dramatics in Europe that you could tell him just how to do.
Annie Kilburn William Dean Howells

Beautiful bath gown, but more adapted for amateur dramatics than for a musicale.
Evening Dress W. D. Howells

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