WARNING TO WRITERS WHO ARE ACTORS!!!

 

I’ve been seeing a lot of L.A. Theater over the last couple years as I try my hand at writing for the stage and I’ve noticed that any number of the plays written by actors have had a tendency to go ‘off-message,’ that is, they go for the performance and the story suffers.

I saw a play last night, written by one of the performers, and as the show built to a climax, there was a three minute soliloquy by the writer’s character that was so wrong, that so stopped the momentum of the storytelling that I wanted to leap onto the stage and tell the writer/performer.

I’ve stopped doing that kind of thing.

In the play’s first act, that same performer/writer starred in the best scene in the play.  The unfortunate thing was the scene really didn’t belong in the play.  If you deleted it, it wouldn’t have affected the storytelling at all – a dead giveaway that it’s unneeded.

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