from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A short play.
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- n. A short play (dramatic work).
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- n. a short play
The only thing Scalzi forgot in his playlet was the constant reader carping that "Famous Author's books used to be so good, I'd buy them hardcover sight unseen, but now he's just crapping out stuff by the numbers, I'll just buy used copies instead..."
Making Light: "No one goes around suggesting that everyone should become their own autonomous cheesemakers and cheering the death of the cheese industry. Why? Because that would result in a lot of shitty cheese."
In Korea, Lloyd never thought the playlet could be a hit record, but it soon became a sensation, at one point selling nearly 200,000 copies a day -- and rapidly shot to #1 on the pop charts.
In the chapter on the germ idea we saw that the theme or subject of a playlet is a problem that must be solved with complete satisfaction.
"The Villain Still Pursued Her," tells as plainly as a whole paragraph could that the playlet is a travesty, making fun of the old blood-and-thunder melodrama.
The soul of a playlet is the clash of the wills of the characters, from which fly the revealing flashes;
He knew, then, that he would have to tell the next audience and every other that the playlet is a farce,
He pondered the matter and saw that if the announcement in plain type on the billboards and in the program that his playlet was a travesty was not enough, he would have to tell the audience by a plain statement from the stage before his playlet began.
If your playlet is a comedy, make it a comedy throughout; it if is a deeply human story, let it end as it began;  if you are writing a straight drama or a melodrama, keep your playlet straight drama or melodrama all the way through.
The playlet is a very definite thing -- and yet it is difficult to define.
These examples I have cited to demonstrate that the return from the playlet is a most variable quantity.