(used with a singular verb) the art of staging plays and other stage performances.
(used with a plural verb) exaggerated, artificial, or histrionic mannerisms, actions, or words.

1800–10; theatr(ic) + -ics Unabridged
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theatrics (θɪˈætrɪks)
1.  the art of staging plays
2.  exaggerated mannerisms or displays of emotions

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Example sentences
Rocket mail, which has a whiff of theatrics to it, still exists and still has
  advocates around the world.
Races such as running, cycling or motor sports offer little scope for theatrics.
Suddenly, the legal arcana, courtroom theatrics and judicial niceties are
  bathed in a political veneer.
Others have tried to duplicate the approach, but over the long haul, theatrics
  don't matter unless you deliver.
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