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The Evolving Play versus the Frozen Film

I have never heard a stage actor say, "It was a good performance because our rehearsal and preparation made it possible." Now you realize the rehearsal was done weeks before, so everything, theoretically, had been set. All the questions about interpretation should have been answered. Night after night they perform the same words, the same actions. But even though the actor does the same ritualistic tune-ups before each performance, each performance is different. It is this feeling that attracts so many actors to stage acting: that no matter how planned everything is, each performance is new. There is nothing like the immediate response from a live audience.