Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Rebeck on plot

http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/la-ca-theresa-rebeck29-2009mar29,0,2065069.story

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

i take issue with "plot" and "structure" being grouped together as the same thing.

in fact, i think many playwrights who might de-value plot, do so in an effort to value structure, and to focus on the form of the play, not the realistic events of the story.

so i think it's a little more complex than rebeck says.

Malachy Walsh said...

I think Theresa starts from a pretty credible observation that some in the theatre world use the words "plot" and "structure" interchangeably - and disparagingly.

And contrary to anon's pov, I don't think she suggests whatsoever that plot and structure are simple matters. Rather, she says that they can be very very helpful - and while experiments are worthwhile, tossing baby and bathwater for fashionable thinking isn't always wise.