Number of Acts & Intermissions

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Think of the structure of a play as a series of decreasing arcs or movements: the first movement is the longest. Then comes an intermission, followed by the shorter concluding act. In three-act plays, the last two acts tend to be about the same length or the last act is noticeably shorter....


Giving a Title to each Act of a three-act play can help focus each of these movements of your play . . .

Examples of Act Titles


Having a maximum of 3 acts is another one of those Rules in this business that's made to be broken. At the other end of the scale is that odd beast . . .

The One Act Play


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