transition as drama & dramaturgy distinguish between dramaturgy and dramatism is to distinguish between the statements: it is as if life is theater, and life is theater. in the first instance, the theater is a grand metaphor. social action may be understood as analogous to stage actions. in the second instance, social organization and the roles that constitute it are ontologically theatrical. p.25 role transitions as social drama, theodore s. sarbin in role transitions explorations&explanations.