Appreciation of Theatre
The Audience by Elmer Rice
September 10, 2013
2. The author believes that after many consecutive actions presented by the audience, a pattern starts to develop. This pattern demonstrates that Monday’s audience is generally quite. I believe most people are caught off guard on Monday’s. They haven’t gotten the motivation to act their happiest after having two days off from work then back to the same daily grind. People generally despise Mondays, so the bad attitude towards being at work or school again can be displayed throughout everything that occurs during that day, they lack the momentum. Everything that happens throughout the day can affect how a person responds to a play. From the weather to even what the news is like on the day. Wednesdays are usually hard for people because Wednesdays are a “tease.” It’s so close yet so far away. Wednesdays are the days most people feel agitated to get finished with their 9-5 routines, they’re feeling impatient and irritable. Whatever is affecting one deeply can also affect how one displays your emotions towards a play. It is seemingly harder for someone to make you laugh when you’re already feeling bitter.
3. The first sentence in the article relates to the audience being a necessity and an important component to the theatrical performance almost entirely. I believe the audience is put on such a pedestal because without them, there would be no other purpose for the actors performing. The actors are there to entertain the mass, without the mass they’re only merely entertaining themselves. The actors perform for specific feedback, they want the reassurance that the emotions they’re trying to transmit to people are being absorbed properly. The audience gives actors a sense of accomplishment and the more there are of them in a room, the more excitement and pressure an actor has to perform to their best potential.
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