Play Overload

05Sep06

I spent the past three days watching around 12 hours of theatre at the Kennedy Center Page-to-Stage Festival. I will write up some reviews tomorrow, but in the meanwhile I’m going to… relax for a while, play some video games and chew the fat with the new housemates.

So much theatre in so little time is inspiring, yes, but it’s also soul-crushing. There is a limit to how many stories we can absorb in one day. This is especially true of drama. Plays–with the general intensity of their content and the immediacy of their format–sneak into your psyche and serial viewing can skew your perspective. It’s like this concentration of sentiment sneaks into your intestines. You need the monotony of casual human interaction to diffuse the pressure.

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