Monday, October 24, 2005

When drama becomes comedy

Alex Epstein on Complications Ensue considers the point where drama becomes comedy.
I heard once that Chekhov considered his plays comedies, and produced them as such. If you've ever directed them (I directed one Chekhov scene in a class once), you notice how they start out as almost nothing at all, but build as you work on them with the directors ... into broad farce. His characters are fundamentally ridiculous people in ridiculous situations. Too bad most directors never get the memo...

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