The Dramatist Volume 1-3

The Dramatist Volume 1-3

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1909 edition. Excerpt: ...for the benefit of the audience endangers a descent to the ridiculous. Several snickers in the audience announce the fate that awaits the false conduct of characters or false effect attempted by the playwright's mechanism. The sketch is well worth studying. Harrison Armstrong will bear watching as one of the best builders of the better grade of vaudeville Acts that grip. INTERVIEWED. Published in November Smart Set. Like "The Fire Commissioner" this is a sketch worth reading. It has been tried out in Chicago, we understand, but found wanting in certain fundamental principles. It has a Theme much like the other sketch referred to but is much more concentrated in Unity. The chief violation is the omission of Conditional information that should get into the mind of the audience early in the Play. We refer to the identity of the officer who calls to arrest Miss Hale, the supposed burglar, and her fiance. They are one and the same but the big opportunity to establish this fact while she is talking to her editor on the telephone is lost. To the novelist's mind it would seem a pity to waste this SURPRISE which might be sprung to advantage on the individual reader, but to the dramatist such a suppression is damaging to the interpretation of his Play. In fact it is the first essential of presentation. It is an ingredient in PLOT that cannot be replaced by the empty suspense or surprise manufactured by the absence of any information as to the policeman's relation to Miss Hale. It resolves itself, then, into a choice between two suspenses. Empty or full! For surely the audience cannot nourish the hope that her lover will save the day unless they KNOW that she has planned with him to respond to the call. Besides this...show more

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  • Paperback | 112 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 6mm | 213g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236838521
  • 9781236838520