Tag Archives: Definitions

Theatre Isn’t Important

Theatremakers often defend theatre as important, in an effort to fight the tide of people calling the art form irrelevant as audiences age and dwindle.  Despite saying it over and over, however, the fact remains that it theatre is of almost zero value and interest to the majority of the country. I think calling it “important” is […]

The Scale of Realism in Dialogue

I have a theory: that you can chart the level of realism in scripted dialogue on a simple scale. None of this is implied to be judgmental: any level of dialogue realism has its uses, and dialogue at every level has been employed in great writing.  The level of realism a writer chooses for their dialogue is just […]

On Beauty

We don’t really have a word for what “beauty” is supposed to mean. Beauty is not an attribute of things or people or scenery.  Not like height or color or translucency, and not like intelligence, or humor, or stylishness.  Beauty is a feeling.  A feeling (yes) in the beholder, like anger, or appreciation, or attraction.  […]

No, You Don’t Actually Like Being “Challenged”

In theatre (and other arts), people often talk about wanting to “challenge” audiences. This doesn’t mean what we think it means.  “Challenging” can be dictionaried as “stimulating, interesting, thought-provoking” but that’s not how it’s used in the arts; when artists talk about “challenging” the audience, what they mean is “provoking them to accept points of view […]

What Makes Local Theatre Local?

There’s been growing interest in the theatre community, both at large and in DC, in local theatre and local playwrights.  As a native DC playwright myself, I stand to gain from the increasing attention.  But I do wonder just what “local” really means in these discussions, because the matter of “local”-ness in theatre is essentially […]