Ocelot Carter 
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Re: “The Shrinking Stage

It's interesting to compare early-twentieth-century scripts to today's. They often have huge casts, but that doesn't necessarily mean they have a larger conceptual scope--tiny roles for butlers and maids seem to have been added just to give a company's minor contract players something to do. In those days, it seems, labor was the thing that was cheap (part of the reason for the foundation of Actor's Equity). It's good for writers to be aware of whether they're limiting their own freedom of thought to meet production requirements, but some limitations can lead to artistic success. For example, old Hollywood movies couldn't show explicit sex scenes, but not many films can match the onscreen heat of Dietrich and Cooper in "Morocco." The four-person, one-set classic "The Glass Menagerie" is still a great, relevant play. But I can think of some recent local shows with big casts that I just didn't get the point of. So I don't agree that bigger is necessarily better, but I thought the article made some great points about how theater is funded, and how this affects what's presented.

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Posted by Ocelot Carter on 04/04/2012 at 5:46 PM

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