The Theory of the Theatre

And Other Principles of Dramatic Criticism

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Published: 1910
Language: English
Wordcount: 57,311 / 179 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 50.1
LoC Category: PN
Downloads: 1,002
Added to site: 2004.11.15
mnybks.net#: 9234
Genres: Drama, Criticism, Essays
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portant; and from a full scenario alone, before a line of dialogue is written, it is possible in most cases to determine whether a prospective play is inherently good or bad. Most contemporary dramatists, therefore, postpone the actual writing of their dialogue until they have worked out their scenario in minute detail. They begin by separating and grouping their narrative materials into not more than three or four distinct pigeon-holes of time and place,--thereby dividing their story roughly into acts. They then plan a stage-setting for each act, employing whatever accessories may be necessary for the action. If papers are to be burned, they introduce a fireplace; if somebody is to throw a pistol through a window, they set the window in a convenient and emphatic place; they determine how many chairs and tables and settees are demanded for the narrative; if a piano or a bed is needed, they place it here or there upon the floor-plan of their stage, according to the prominence they wish to give it; and when all

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