There's Something about the Theatre

July 1956
New Republic;7/16/56, Vol. 135 Issue 3, p22
The theatre has got the assets to offset its appalling liabilities. Clearly the place, the actor, and the psychology of audiences. To begin with, the theatre is a place. This place, in all its known forms, sets up a vibration in those who frequent it that certain properties roughly suggested by the term magic are invariably attributed to the building itself. If there is something about the place, there is something, too, about its inhabitants, the actors. In the movie theatre, one can watch a story and one can admire many things that actors do, but one cannot be caught up in a flow of living feeling that passes from actor to audience and from the audience back again to the actor.


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