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What is Theatre? by John Brown

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Before the Play: At the Power Centre, Ann Arbor, Michigan.

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(Photo by David Smith Photography.)

Audiences

In the study of theatre, few topics are more important than this: without an audience, there can be no theatre of any sort. Besides the ability to draw many people together is one of theatre’s most special and powerful attractions. In Chapter 1 we took a first look at theatre as a “social occasion” and observed how performances are able to “reflect” the interests of audiences. If you look back at those sections, you will recall why theatre’s relationship to the public must be a major concern for any theatre and for anyone who wants to argue ...

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