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In which I start a new show, see a new show, and ponder what it means to see a work before it’s officially “finished”.
Charles Lewis III, getting the worm.
“I am glad I was up so late; for that’s the reason I was up so early.”
– William Shakespeare, Cymbeline, Act II, Sc. 3
As I continue my contemplation about the theatrical “ecosystem,” I recently took a moment to ponder the act of seeing something early. What does the audience think when they see a preview performance for a play or early screening of a film – are they hoping to see the next great masterpiece? Do they want to be ahead of the curve in bashing the next great disaster? Or are they like me in that they just want to escape from the world and were persuaded to do so by the discounted (or free) price?
Previews are a necessary evil: they’re billed as being works in progress; a peek behind the…
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