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What is Theatre? by John Brown

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Head Shots: Actors’ photographs gathered for auditions.

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Actors and Acting

Very occasionally an actor onstage appears to be exactly the same as somebody offstage, in ordinary life. But the actor never is, because performing before an audience in a carefully prepared production is not the same as existing in real life. Before long we come to realize that this person can do almost anything, no matter how simple, in such a way that we pay a special kind of attention. We also see that he or she can do some very unlikely things: be ignorant of what is going to happen and yet be ready for it; find the right word or action to solve a daunting puzzle, ...

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