Dynamo

Dynamo

Dynamo

Dynamo

Excerpt

". . . dynamogeny: the reinforcing effect of sensorial stimuli upon muscular action . . ."

GOING to the theatre today is apt to be a little like meeting someone you used to be in love with years ago. The desire for romantic attachment persists, but while the object of your affection seems to have remained the same, a lot has happened to you. You fall in love, if at all, with someone or something of your own epoch. That is one reason why most people today, wanting release and renewing, go to the movies or turn a radio dial. It is only one reason, for the economic is perhaps the main reason, while the geographic is still another. Few people can afford a love affair with the theatre; and only a few people in the United States live near enough to Broadway to call on that best girl even if they could afford it.

However, we are not probing here either economic or geographic factors. We are concerned with the question of how the theatre can change with the changing world and so continue to enthrall the imaginations of men. Surely it is not to be expected that the theatre alone of all arts, sciences, and forms of life can escape change. To people in 1890 or even in 1920, it was an adventure to sit in a theatre and see, instead of woodwings . . .

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