The Play's the Thing

The Play's the Thing

The Play's the Thing

The Play's the Thing

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All the world's a stage -- and most of the men and women living in it are stage-struck. Indeed the very word "stagestruck" implies a form of universal madness which does not exist in any other calling, for I know of no banker who is "bank-struck," nor any engineer or other professional man who carries his love for his vocation to a point of similar irrationality.

Explorers who push through the green walls of the jungles of Africa, South America and Melanesia find stage-struck aborigines performing plays for other stage-stuck aborigines. They take part in these with the same fervor with which their more civilized stage-struck brothers and sisters are presenting or witnessing plays, motion pictures or television performances from Maine to California, from Land's End to John o' Groats, and from the Atlantic coast of Western Europe to the Pacific coast of Eastern Asia. Indeed, wherever people live there is some form of theatre, and this is as characteristic of the world of communism as it is of the world of the democracies. Indeed, the leaders of the two systems now boast of the advantages of one system over the other, not merely in terms of economics, but also in terms of their support and accomplishments in the theatre, ballet, music and motion pictures.

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