Pre-Curtain Revelation

It’s one of those things that, once you see it, you go: of course!

Let the young actor, full of hope and aspiration, welcome the audience and thank the funder.

I know it’s a Humana tradition to have the acting interns do the pre-show speech. There shouldn’t be anything revelatory, at least to theater folks, that having someone connect with the audience and memorize their lines might make a worn ritual seem a little bit more authentic.

What’s shocking is how awful and uninspired the [fill in the blank – artistic director, literary manager, or poor shnook who couldn’t get out of it]’s speeches seem by comparision.

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