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I, on the other hand, found the text exciting, moving and interesting. Couldn’t tell you if I am a text person or not, though.
I felt that one thing that putting the audience on the stage did achieve, and quite well, was to make the auditorium into an object. This wasn’t about audience roles vs performers, or mixing up the boundaries, or any version of inclusiveness — it was about objectifying the position of the audience, the seats themselves, and most highly and significantly, the space of the McGuire.
It’s even more apparent when you see the promo photo of that auditorium in New York with the gorgeous green seats. It makes the beauty of the house apparent (the prettiest part of the McGuire) and, to me at least, functions in part as commentary on who’s got the money.
Unintentionally perhaps it also shows up the inherently more interesting space in (this) theater: the place that does not try to erase itself.