StarrHrdgr, 6/ 3/2009 - 11:00am "The five act structure is actually a Roman invention.
Also, the average length of the attention span of a human is approximately 9 minutes. We pay attention to things that are a lot longer, but there are attention spikes that peak our interest. See this article:
Kudos to the Nightingale for producing a great play, the four hours being the time it took to tell the story. This follows in the tradition of Epic Theater produced by Bertolt Brecht and others such as Tom Stoppard's recent play The Coast of Utopia (339 pages somewhere around 9-12 hours of play), and of course all six hours of Angels in America Peristroika and Millenium Approaches. I have actually set through this and found it not so boring.
In the McDonalization of society (where fast food permiates our culture in every aspect) we want it fast and bite size. Maybe the goal is not to cut down the script, but to make it more bite size so that the audience can eat it. Or at least digest it.
Being an actor in the piece, I'm biased. But a biased opinion can sometimes spark a great conversation. I believe that is something that the Nightingale has continued to do efficiently, which is push the boundries of what theatre is and what it can accomplish."
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