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Richard Greenberg

[I pondered] the conditions under which we traditionally watch plays: crammed into uncomfortable seats, plunged into darkness, enjoined to remain silent, and suffering censure if we protest in any way. Clearly, what going to the theater most closely resembled was a hostage situation…The enforced stillness of my role as an audience member created in me an anxiety for action. It seemed plausible to posit this as a law: Because the audience cannot move, the play must. I believe this is why when we hate a play, we hate it so much more desperately than we do a movie or a novel or a painting. When we watch a play under the standard circumstances, we’ve lost volition and time is passing. A still play feels like an existential threat.

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February 1, 2016 at 7:30 am

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