View single post by katoagogo
 Posted: Fri Jan 16th, 2009 03:48 pm
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This question touches on one of the more important components of compelling drama -- the line between explicit and implicit narrative.

The more interesting work for an audience and for actors alike is implicit material.  The more explicit a passage, the more air goes out of the work.  In this case, making the other side of the conversation explicit makes the work of the actor less exciting.  A script excites actors and directors because there are problems to be solved, ambiguities to be worked-out.  If you remove the problems, you remove the risk and the adventure that your play can provide for a group of artistic explorers.

The balancing of these two takes both practice and the opportunity of hearing the work to derive the correct mixture.