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Stage Manager, 2nd Edition by Larry Fazio

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17Run of the Show

It is now the day after the opening performance. The show last night went exceptionally well for everyone. From the audience’s reception, the show is a hit. However, the first reviews in the morning papers were mixed and not encouraging. The producers have faith in the show. The publicity campaign is strong and they know that word of mouth will sell the show. Already, ticket sales are up at the box office.

Reviews and Ticket Sales

Regardless of how good or bad the reviews, how great or poor the ticket sales, the SM’s work remains the same. These things have no bearing on the work the SM does during the run of the show. In talking to the cast over the PA or in meetings, the SM does not deal in terms of ticket sales or reviews. ...

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