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Drama is based on the Mistake. I think someone is my friend when he really is my enemy, that I am free to marry a woman when in fact she is my mother, that this person is a chambermaid when it is a young nobleman in disguise, that this well-dressed young man is rich when he is really a penniless adventurer, or that if I do this such and such a result will follow when in fact it results in something very different. All good drama has two movements, first the making of the mistake, then the discovery that it was a mistake.
The theatre is a gross art, built in sweeps and over-emphasis. Compromise is its second name.
Acted drama requires surrender of one's self, sympathetic absorption in the play as it develops.
A play is a series of actions. A play is not about action, nor does it describe action. Is a fire about flames? Does it describe flames? No, a fire is flames. A play is action. Why do you think actors are called actors? And action in a play occurs when something happens that makes or permits something else to happen.
|David||Ball||Backwards & Forwards: A Technical Manual for Reading Plays|
If you want to help the American theatre, don't be an actress, be an audience.
|Tallulah||Bankhead||Friendly Advice by Jon Winokur|