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April 25, 2008

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Ken

Absolutely. It's the supposed "limitations" of theater that are its greatest strength in keeping me interested all these years. I love it that you as an audience member can only see things from one visual vantage point, and also that there is always something about the piece that is not physically represented on stage (a character, a setting, etc.), forcing you to fill it in for yourself. I love the bald-faced artifice. I love the relative low-tech aspect of even the slickest theatrical presentation. As video technology becomes more sophisticated, and more portable and ubiquitous, and everyone becomes jaded to what computer graphics can do, the theater's only going to become more of a special, unique experience.
So, theater itself is not the problem. It's how we as artists and citizens promote and prioritize theater for this society that's going to make the difference.

RLewis

I agree with Ken and would add that folks come to nyc everyday looking for the cool thing, the cool people, the cool place to be and be seen - what's happening. The only good treasure is a buried treasure. They're never out in the open. Below-the-radar has its cache. Flashmobs, cuddleparties, and other insider events are far more inconvenient, but if it's on the edge, we have a city of folks who will find it. Both the cool and uncool alike love to hunt for things and to find the unique, peculiar event that others will be talking about. When theater does a better job of framing itself as the thing worth seeking out, we draw the most flies to our honey.

Malachy Walsh

For a great example of this, click on the video in the blog post.

http://litdept.blogspot.com/2007/01/and-now-word-from.html

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