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The edges of the metropolis were physically and socially demarcated by playwrights and playgoers.
Later terms--such as "playgoer" (first used in 1777), "play-haunter" (first used in 1633), and "frequenter of plays" (first used in 1622)--make one's attendance at theaters an important aspect of one's identity.
Marlowe's astute playgoer, however, remains doubtful.
A playgoer or reader receptive to my argument can survey--to use a visual metaphor--Henry's character and know it without having to choose between contradictory types.
The choric plea to invite audience participation actually encourages playgoers to use their imaginations to help create the play's exotic scene.
(6) Most modern editions (here the Riverside is an exception) place that entry just before Olivia's "How now, Malvolio?" (15), so that she and the playgoer see the entering figure at the same time.
That sense of a "powerful sound" from some higher power had been enhanced for the playgoer during her incantatory "Ere twice the horses of the sun" speech (161-68) by means of a combination of music, a video effect on the back wall (howling wolves rushing across a lunar landscape), and Terry's charismatic delivery of the lines.
In the record of actual dramatic response, the two sets of experiences are joined at the hip, and an example of response should not be overlooked because it cannot be unequivocally classified as that of a playgoer or of a play-reader.
I have been a regular playgoer for more than 30 years and All Balls And Ashes is, in my opinion, probably the funniest play I and my family have ever seen.
Q I HAVE a booklet called The Playgoer which is the magazine for the Cass Theatre in Michigan where Mae West was performing in a play called Come on Up.
And so, when a playgoer or reader reconsiders lago's assertion at the beginning of the play that Cassio "had th'election" in the light of Cassio's later predestinarian utterances in his act 2 dialogue with lago, he or she wonders whether Cassio is elect in the play's theology.
The experience for the playgoer is akin to having a heart-to-heart with the notorious jazz musician over very mellow whiskey.
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