Welcome to the Theatre Dictionary’s conversation about the term deus ex machina.
On deus ex machina’s official page, we explain that the Latin term translates as “god from the machine,” which has evolved to mean “not just a god saving the day, but any contrived ending that introduces a new element to solve the story’s central problem.” But now we want to know what the term deus ex machina means to you. You can use the comments section to tell us.
– Which shows have you seen that employed a deus ex machina and ended a little too abruptly and conveniently?
– Can you think of any shows where a deus ex machina was used in a funny or satirical way?
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Mark Blankenship, Theatre Dictionary editor