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July 06, 2011

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Jihad Punk

yeah... I agree... what theatre needs, is more THEATRICALITY. people go to the theatre to see a theatrical production, not play a bloody videogame or watch Mexican wrestling (oops the Guardian Theatre blog just had a post about that this morning).

Scott Walters

Excellent post. We need to focus on what theatre's essence is. We have lost that. In fact, we lost it a long time ago, when theatre started imitating television. Almost every time I see a blog announcing some new play that is being produced, if it is a comedy it sounds like SNL. When "Dick in a Box" is your idea of what theatre is about, then we're just over-priced and irrelevant. The thing about a form like, say, farce is that it partakes of what is uniquely theatrical: confined space and time and the coordinated bodies of actors moving through that space and time. It is something that doesn't work real well in film or TV. One part of the essence of theatre is that the performers and the audience share the same space and time -- messing with that morphs theatre into film or art installations. Bad for the art form.

Joe Salvatore

I appreciate this quite a bit. There's no reason for theatre artists to try to be anything other than what they are. It's just that there are A LOT of people who claim to be theatre artists, but they're really not anything of the sort. They're making not so great theatre work, and as a result, theatre isn't all that interesting right now. I'd much rather go see a dance piece than theatre right now, and that's unfortunate. But that's a whole other rabbit hole to go down...

Sheila

Amen

Belstaff Bags

Very, very nicely done!

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