Offending the audience is part of the function of theatre…
…as our connections to people get more and more virtual, [will] our craving for live experience get greater or diminish?
Isaac at Parabasis
If great art results from great suffering, this emerging generation of young artists is poised to reach new heights.
From Artists In Real Life by Bruce Demara, Toronto Star
…if a play were to run forever, could it properly be called theater anymore? Instead it would be an ossified strange thing, dangling half-way between live theater, a parade, and an amusement park ride. Think of the longest running plays…what happens to them…what do they become…restaurants and plays should not be open for longer than the half-life of a chef, because they are about living consumable items.
From Sarah Ruhl’s essay series on Device
I sometimes think that theatre is a torture.
We pin our hopes to the sporting public. Make no bones about it, we have our eye on those huge concrete pans filled with men and women of every variety of class and physiognomy, the fairest and shrewdest audience in the world. There you will find persons paying high prices and working things out on the basis of a sensible weighing of supply and demand.
The demoralization of our theatre audience springs from the fact that neither theatre nor audience has any idea what is supposed to go on there. When people in sporting establishments buy their tickets they know exactly what is going to take place…
There seems to be nothing to stop the theatre having its own form of sport. If only someone could take those buildings designed for theatrical purposes and treat them as more or less empty spaces for the successful pursuit of sport, then they would be used in a way that might mean something to a contemporary public.
February 6, 1926
What people really want in the theater is fantasy involvement and not reality involvement.