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(Some Guy)   Eight ways television is influencing the theater. "The audiences of today have been trained to appreciate and develop an appetite for original thinking...and this training has come largely by way of the good shows on TV"   (howlround.com) divider line 20
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2013-10-21 07:39:49 AM
Soo... coming soon:

"ASS" The musical?


/wait, that was just highlights from Blazing Saddles.
 
2013-10-21 07:41:55 AM
There's a few vaguely interesting ideas in there, but I stopped reading because it's written like a shiatty freshman English paper.
 
2013-10-21 07:57:27 AM
It's simultaneously Television's True Golden Age and Television's Worst Shiat-Fest Ever thanks to having enough cable channels to handle it all.
 
2013-10-21 08:05:44 AM
If given the choice between watching a live theatrical performance or a tv show that's had multiple takes snd has been edited down, I'd rather watch the live theatrical performance. I love tv or movie actors who also work in the theater. They carry with them onto the tv or movie set a presence that, IMHO, is aabsolutely captivating.

Sir Patrick Stewart is an excellent example. I really do think that I'll break down in tears when he dies.
 
2013-10-21 08:16:36 AM
Original thinking?
29 shows about ghosts,
12 about storage/cargo/luggage,
9 about car restoration,
3 about the pawn biz,
16 real housewives of somewhere.
This word you keep using, I don't think it can mean what you think it means.
 
2013-10-21 08:18:27 AM
I wait in breathless anticipation of 'Low Winter Sun - The Musical'
 
2013-10-21 08:33:09 AM
I own a television but I don't watch, it just like I don't watch plays.

Go bankrupt already.
 
2013-10-21 08:47:23 AM

dionysusaur: Original thinking?
29 shows about ghosts,
12 about storage/cargo/luggage,
9 about car restoration,
3 about the pawn biz,
16 real housewives of somewhere.
This word you keep using, I don't think it can mean what you think it means.


On the flip side, live theatre has given us:

Shrek: the musical
Christmas Story the Musical
Bring It On the Musical
The Lion King
Spiderman Turn off the Dark
Elf: the musical
Legally Blonde the musical
Flashdance: the musical

People claim all the time that TV and movies just rehash old ideas, but I would say broadway is even worse.
 
2013-10-21 08:50:23 AM
Sara Ramirez

Stopped reading there

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Man do I want to find out how spicy that pink taco is
 
2013-10-21 08:50:53 AM
Oh wait you're serious, let me laugh harder
 
2013-10-21 08:52:34 AM
 
2013-10-21 09:00:24 AM
If I go by the last time I was involved in a theater production, people have been trained to put their coats wherever they like, put their feet up on the furniture, and have conversations during the performance.
 
2013-10-21 09:02:54 AM
Television has certainly influenced theatre.  Playwrights and directors alike have realized that today's audience has no attention span.  Plays used to be 5 acts, then 3, then 2, now you're lucky to find a script that has an intermission.

Hamlet?  Unabridged?  Good luck with that.
 
2013-10-21 09:03:57 AM
When are we getting honey boo boo the movie?
 
2013-10-21 09:26:12 AM
The big reason why this has happened is we've broken the TV networks grasp on the audience. It's now easier than ever to get a show that reaches millions without going through a small set of executives. Movie studios have gone the other way. They've grown big enough that a few control the majority of the market.

aevorea: If given the choice between watching a live theatrical performance or a tv show that's had multiple takes snd has been edited down, I'd rather watch the live theatrical performance. I love tv or movie actors who also work in the theater. They carry with them onto the tv or movie set a presence that, IMHO, is aabsolutely captivating.


Theatre has the benefit of only your memory capturing it for viewing. If the actors makes an odd face for a moment it's not freeze framed and turned into a meme. You can't rewatch it again to catch errors or such. There was an actor, classically trained who did some work in Hollywood blockbusters, and he said he much preferred stage acting because he didn't have to worry as much about any line he gives being picked apart. He didn't have to think of every little detail on mannerisms and continuity because the flow of the production was more natural.
 
2013-10-21 09:32:04 AM
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2013-10-21 09:34:58 AM

Mrbogey: If the actors makes an odd face for a moment it's not freeze framed and turned into a meme


The hell you say

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2013-10-21 09:45:51 AM
So I'm at the theatre and I'm furiously passing the pause button on my remote so I can go to the sh*tter - but the actors onstage just kept yammering away! Geesh!
 
2013-10-21 09:57:23 AM
Cajun pawn idol the musical?
 
2013-10-21 11:21:00 PM
"We live in a world now where you could argue that long, series television is the state of the art of storytelling," director Sam Mendes said

I would say that is exactly true. And exactly why I find it astonishing the fans of The Walking Dead insist the show has no greater aspirations than create some kind of kick-ass comic/ movie hybrid about a dozen people during the zombie apocalypse.

Every time I criticize that show it is with the knowledge the writers of TWD aspire to great, epic theatrical ideas. (or ideals at least)

The resources they have available are unlimited. Budgets and effects are only necessary to grab the most lowbrow viewer. It's epic ideas they need to work with.

Last season's whole Jesus thing was a start. But almost nobody got any of it. (they scheduled the final episode for Easter Sunday for gods sake) Better writing would have made the idea more apparent without telegraphing things to the audience. Breaking Bad blows my mind because it is proof positive a huge majority of our audience is WAY smarter than nearly everyone in show-business thought. Proof the writers of TWD failed.)

I love live theater and the people who make it. And I still believe done well it it is the world most powerful storytelling tool. But television is kicking our ass. Ten years ago everyone in The Theater scoffed at the idea TV was anything more than a fast paycheck for OUR artistes. Now we are getting handed our ass.

And not only has the "quality" of TV improved. The very idea of EPIC theater (the real use of the term, not the way people who watch Jackass use it*) is actually happening. Everything Brecht was going for is NOW. It's unbelievable to watch this happening every day in front of me. On farking television.

The creatives of TWD know all that. And they are talented people who have a difficult job. I just wish it was going better for them.

As far as the idea of TV influencing Theater? Absolutely.. Every meeting I have is filled with directors, choreographers, designers and producers saying shiat like "...you know, like that scene in Breaking Bad..." or "do it epic like the Sopranos". It's unquestionable. (Even though this article is idiotic)

Sorry for the spew but I am working late on some #7's for a #2.

*I watch Jackass
 
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