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Suspension Of Disbelief, Part 2NashvilleMay 20, 2015


Susan Roethemeyer

Suspension Of Disbelief, Part Two

The Suspension of Disbelief in connection with vicarious living can happen in your living room, a movie theatre, a library, or anywhere you can be in front of a TV, or have a book or tablet with you.

I have several places I like to live vicariously : in front of the TV in our living room, In my bedroom reading a good book just before bed, and sometimes in the car, listening to a book on CD.

Those of us who write also carry notebooks to invent our own world for others to someday enter, as I and one of my brothers have done almost from childhood.

Movie producers such as Steven Spielburg and George Lucas have created countless movies for us to live through.

One of my favorite vicarious experiences is the live performance.

Besides the excitement of live people performing in front of you, is the implied promise of a mistake in the words or actions leading to a brilliant or funny ad-lib.

Of course, if you don’t know the play beforehand you won’t know if they are ad-libbing!

Shakespeare’s plays are hard to ad- lib to, but they are often cut for time.

This past Thursday Mom and I saw Shakespeare in our park, “Much Ado About Nothing.”

It was performed by eight members of Stone Soup Shakespeare, and it was a delightful performance!

The stage was on the grass in front of some trees, with string lights and a few flowers defining the stage area and a center isle.

The audience brought their own chairs and blankets and spread out behind the lights.

The cast energetically played to the audience, crawled among them in a few places, and got us so thoroughly in their spell, that we were eating out of their hands by the second scene.

One of the actresses spoke before the performance and described that play as a Romantic Comedy.

I had never thought of Shakespeare in modern terms before, but the term was spot – on.  That was a good way to describe the action, especially to the younger generation, and get them to dive into the Shakespeare realm  of Suspension of Disbelief.

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