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Good Person of Szechwan hands out budget spreadsheet instead of playbill

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And the point is?
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That the truth is concrete. Duh.
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Do they do this every night? I got a playbill.
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I feel like my head is concrete 'cause I have no idea what this is supposed to mean. If I got one of these in lieu of a playbill I'd be hollering "Yeah but WHO PLAYED THE BUTLER?"
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How much is the estimated gross for the run?

This would offset the production costs although nowhere near completely.
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I feel like my head is concrete 'cause I have no idea what this is supposed to mean.

It means you've just been Breched.
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Welcome to the Alienation Effect.

THEATER IS NOT MAGIC.

THEATER IS WORK.
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But if it isn't magic for the audience and paying customers, then there will be no work and no spreadsheet.

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What happened to "never let them see you sweat?"

Oh, wait, that was a Right Guard commercial.
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I think putting budgets instead of Playbills makes a good point. Metatheatre, and if I recall Brecht used this device a lot, comments on itself. This tears down the illusion that theater, or for that matter society, just "happens". It's the same when you buy a candy bar. One sees the shiny wrapper and eats the tasty chocolate, but forgets about the workers picking the coco beans.
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I think that's clever.
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dreaming
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I saw people with the playbills-I liked them. The playbills were really nice and I was hoping for that when I see the show. This is just trying too hard, in my opinion.
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When I saw this at LaMama I found it interesting--and staggering--to see what unbelievable costs went into a production that looked as low-tech as GOOD PERSON is.
"It's now rather very common to hear people say 'I'm rather offended by that'. As if that gives them certain rights. It's actually nothing more than a whine. It has no meaning, no purpose. It has no reason to be respected as a phrase. 'I am offended by that'. Well, so f**king what?"--Stephen Fry
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I think it's a great reminder to patrons who simply do not understand or realize the enormous cost of producing a stage play.
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I understand it-and I do not need to be reminded. I wish I'd seen it before they started doing this. It's really stupid.
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Good thing they don't care what one person needs or doesn't need. It is a bold choice the company made. Kudos to them for making it.
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It's their prerogative, but I think it's overkill. You don't need to bang the audience over the head with the idea that we're not going to the theater to escape, but to be reminded that the people on stage are WORKING, and, wait for it, the show costs money to mount. (Gasp! As if those of us in the audience don't work, too, and don't realize that things cost money?!)(I've been to productions where they did something similar-it feels fake every time. It's like something my cousin and I would have done around the age of nine.)

Also, I don't NEED to GO! (And for the record I don't care if I don't get any Playbill at all, but this is just excessively phony and forced to me.)
Updated On: 11/6/13 at 11:14 AM
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Not nearly as excessive as the reaction to this. Is it really that big of a deal that they did this?
"It's now rather very common to hear people say 'I'm rather offended by that'. As if that gives them certain rights. It's actually nothing more than a whine. It has no meaning, no purpose. It has no reason to be respected as a phrase. 'I am offended by that'. Well, so f**king what?"--Stephen Fry
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I just think it's a bit excessive in its own way. It strikes me as amateurish.
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So I am supposed to enjoy it more because they spent buttloads of money providing it? This is just stupid.
No good can possibly come from using this vast wasteland of error and deliberate deceit. You should get off of it and warn others away. You should make sure your children and grandchildren know what a corrupt and morally bankrupt institution it truly is.
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I think the problem arises with the intended reaction.

Am I supposed to be impressed? Shocked? Guilty?

Do they want to see how much of a percentage of my monthly income it cost me to buy a ticket to their show? Will that make them better performers? More appreciative of their audiences if they know the trouble and expense I took to see it?

I'm not pissed off by it, but I think it's trying too hard to prove something ... I don't know what. I don't think they know either.

Yes, it's "work" to put on a show. It's "work" to see a show, too.

Now shut up, and let's all enjoy (as much as we can) the fruit of "our" labors.
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i'm sort of surprised people can't discern the ideological reason of handing this out after a Brecht play.
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You want to send a message? Call Western Union.
No good can possibly come from using this vast wasteland of error and deliberate deceit. You should get off of it and warn others away. You should make sure your children and grandchildren know what a corrupt and morally bankrupt institution it truly is.
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Brecht would have loved this thread.
"It's now rather very common to hear people say 'I'm rather offended by that'. As if that gives them certain rights. It's actually nothing more than a whine. It has no meaning, no purpose. It has no reason to be respected as a phrase. 'I am offended by that'. Well, so f**king what?"--Stephen Fry

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