The Communist Classroom

Back from intermission.  The gift bags are open on the table, people settle in for round two …

Levine: the notion of brainwashing and political theatre naturally brings up Brecht (who advocated smoking in theatre, who thought the disruption of smoking also created an atmosphere of judging).

Colleen, quoting Ralph Richardson, “acting is the fine art of preventing people from coughing …”

Levine: but Brecht is the anti-Richardson, all about creating effects that pop people out of things, getting them to see things more critically …

“Was that exchange rehearsed?”

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