Saturday, July 16, 2011


Part of good theater etiquette is laughing! Seriously, it's laughing in the funny parts. Audiences seem to have forgotten this. Or people are too scared to be the first to laugh out loud. Don't be afraid to laugh--enjoy yourself! A friend was part of a theater group for years and sometimes audiences just didn't respond. The cast thought they had blown it but after the show was over, they heard many comments to the effect of "it was so funny, I could hardly contain myself." Well, don't contain yourself, laugh! Several director friends like me to attend their plays because I "seed" the audience--I laugh out loud and the rest of the audience takes permission from that and they start to laugh, too. Laughter is contagious and fun. It's energizing to performers. It just darn well feels good. So laugh! (and you don't have to wait until you're in an audience to laugh; you can also laugh at your--for instance--husband's dumb jokes :D )

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