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Say how about a discussion?

How does everyone feel about monologues? Some feel they are out of place in a play and take away from the authenticy of a play, while others feel they allow important parts of a story to come out. DISCUSS!
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From:gentlelitany
Date:June 12th, 2005 05:34 pm (UTC)
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Given that soliloqueys and asides are also monologues, it would be very difficult for a playwright to get across the message he was trying to get out as efficiently. What would a play such as "Romeo and Juliet" be without its monologues? What monologues DO is allow parts of the story to come out. I don't understand how when someone is talking for an extended period of time information Doesn't get out. As for monologues taking away from the authenticity of a play-- That doesn't make any sense at all. Unless the playwright is terrible, monologues should be a contributing factor to the authenticity of a play. Any type of production you are in, especially straight plays, communicate a message expressing the ability for humans to emote. Monologues are a direct representation of that. Monologues are what an innate play is. You can ask 'What is a play?' All you need for a play is an actor and an audience. Someone to watch, and another to tell a story, you don't even need a script. Monologues are the bones of a play; without them, we wouldn't have so much of the fantastic Literature we do today. I think that your question is completely erroneous, and your debate just as incorrect.
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From:bumpimus
Date:June 12th, 2005 08:11 pm (UTC)
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okay. You're a little acerbic aren't you?
From:gentlelitany
Date:June 12th, 2005 08:47 pm (UTC)
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I don't mean to be... Did you use a thesaurus for that one ;)?!
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From:bumpimus
Date:June 12th, 2005 10:46 pm (UTC)
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No actually. oops sorry if I ruined your image of me!
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From:muchacho_loco
Date:June 12th, 2005 09:13 pm (UTC)
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Monlogues can kind of do both in way.....Being a professional actor for the past 4 or 5 years (I'm way to lazy to think right now) I have learned with my experience that a carefully cut, thoughout and performed monologue can bring across the playrights intent to a totally different level.

If an actor performs a peice from ohhhh let's say The Hands of it's Enemy. The actor can cut the peice from multiple areas of the play and make it seem as if he it traveling throughout the play showing the progression and character development. A cut peice from a single passage of the play can be narrowed down to have such a great performance and an in depth analysis of the characterization and what exactly the author wanted the character to mean in the story as well as for the actor to know what is going on inside of the characters head.
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