Welcome to the Theatre Dictionary’s conversation about the term kitchen sink realism.

On kitchen sink realism’s official page, we define the term as a style of drama that realistically depicts the gritty lives of its characters that frequently involves crying, shouting, and broken dreams. But now we want to know what the term kitchen sink realism means to you. You can use the comments section to tell us.

— Have you seen any shows that qualify as kitchen sink realism? What were they?

— Do you feel like kitchen sink realism is still relevant today, or do you find it dated?

If you’d like to make a video of your own about the term kitchen sink realism, then we’d love to hear from you! Just email us through our contact page. Tell us about yourself and why you want to make a video. We’ll be in touch ASAP and give you details on how to add your video to the Theatre Dictionary!


Mark Blankenship, Theatre Dictionary editor