Chicago-area theatres who have contracts with Chicago Plays started getting notices in mid-November that their costs would go up, beginning with the December playbillsAt least one theatre balked at that. Jeremy Wechsler of Theatre Wit (who writes the Space Odyssey column for PerformInk) thinks that asking theatres who have already signed a contract to pay more is aclassic bait and switch.(from PerformInk).I don't think any of her reasons are untrue, you just can't legally do it,said Wechsler.I think they can charge whatever they need to charge, but the have to charge it for January.
First: plays are written to be performed. This may seem a tautology, but consider: description of the character's eye colour, hair colour, history and rationale cannot be performed. An actor can perform only a physical action. Any stage description more abstract thanshe takes out a revolvercannot be performed. Try it.Second: in a good play, the character's intentions are conveyed to the actor, through him to his antagonist, and through them, to the audience, through the words he speaks. Any dialogue that is not calculated to advance the intentions of the character (in the case of Othello, for instance, to find out if his wife is cheating on him) is pointless. If the dialogue does not advance the objective of the character, then why would he say it?The character in the play wants something from someone else on stage; in this, he is like the appliance salesman. The prospect comes into the appliance store, and the salesman has a severely limited amount of time in which to convince him to make a purchase. Any dialogue on the salesman's part that does not tend clearly toward closing the sale is worse than wasted: it is destructive. The prospect, just like the audience, once allowed to revert to his previous state of inattention, is lost for ever.What of dramatic poetry? Well and good. It is my contention that drama is essentially a poetic form - that the dramatic line should be written to convince primarily through its rhyme and rhythm and only secondarily, if at all, through an appeal to reason. Note that the truly determined individual - swain, salesman, discovered adulterer etc - confects spontaneous poetry. All sounds he utters are directed towards winning his point; and his speech, should reason desert him, will devolve to a pre-literate poetry of pure intention.(from Guardian Unlimited).
At a time when more colleges are producing more actors than ever and the job market is stagnating, Ms. Hoffman's class is emblematic of how the training of American actors has shifted in the 21st century. Instead of the pure education-of-an-artist approach that dominated in undergraduate acting programs through the 1980's and 90's, there is now a growing emphasis on helping students find work in a famously competitive field.The result is something of a confounding dilemma both for educators and for some professionals, who fear, on the one hand, that vocational training robs student actors of necessary artistic exploration and, on the other, that schools have to do a better job of preparing actors for the grim realities of professional life(from The New York Times).
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