And this weekend ONLY, "A Streetcar Named Desire" presented by Bartlett Repertory Company at the Bartlett Performing Arts Center. http://www.cityofbartlett.org/index.aspx?n…
This seems like a no-brainer. The folks who aren't sure whether Tony was right or believe that an actor should NEVER break character seem to be saying so for one of two reasons: they really hate to feel uncomfortable by witnessing actual conflict (between actor and audience member) or they're under the misconception that it's impossible for a discerning audience member to be swept up in the world of the play once again after that "sacred" trust of breaking character has occurred. If someone accidentally drops a prop on stage, everyone in the theater is thinking about that prop. So what are good actors taught? Pick it up, deal with it in some way as quickly as is reasonably possible. Why should it be any different with something that is FAR more distracting than a book falling off a table?
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