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Performed Theatre

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Theatre as such has its "expectations", and of course part of what we do as performance artists is based on that. And of course, we take it as read that much of theatre has a very established "look and feel". Thus, in theatre classes we talke about the procenium and thrust stages, the fly system, and the some-times orchestra pit, etc. When we think of modern theatre, we think of the strides in minimalism that take place in things like "Our Town", "Waiting for Godot", and of course all things Brechtian -- not that he was limited to "THE Brechtian Style" any more than is/was/will-be any other playwrite, stage decorateur, etc. Films that take the "play within the play" are things like "How to Kill Your Neighbor's Dog", "Hamlet", Taming of the Shrew", and of course all "Backstage Musicals". And that too is part of the "read text". And even immersive theatre has "crept into" traditional works; eg, in the performance of Ms. Ford's "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory", she used the "list of winners being read" to "pull" the actors out of the actual audience. Thus, the audience is already drawn in. The "plot/character exposition" is given by the "list caller" on stage and by each actor (and their "parent") when they are called out. And of course, the use of set, costume, makeup, and lighting, etc. create the suspension of belief as much as anything else. Being immersed is of course one of the main reasons for the audience wanting to attend theatre as well as its primary aesthetic. Of course, we (in a technological age) think it so modern to have a telecast as part of a play, but it can be no different than to have the agent of the king to arrive on horseback in "set things right" in any of the -[
"Deus ex Machina"]- scenes; eg, "Tartuuf", "The Three-Penny Opera". After all, how else do you expect to portray an agent of the King???