Thursday, April 9, 2009

Don't Be Boring

Here's an article from The Guardian in which Anthony Neilson asks playwrights to please refrain from boring audiences. Excellent advice, if you ask me. From Mike Daisey's site.

The most depressing response I encounter when I'm chatting someone up and I ask them if they ever go to the theatre is this: "I should go but I don't." That emphatic "should" tells you all you need to know. Imagine it in other contexts: "I should play Grand Theft Auto"; "I should watch Strictly Come Dancing." That "should" tells you that people see theatre-going not as entertainment but as self-improvement, and the critical/academic establishment have to take some blame for that.

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