Summary and Retrospect
With the basic assumption that the word "Theatre" includes, for our purposes, cinema and television as well as the living stage, this book has set out to outline and explain one theory of theatre understanding and evaluation. The concepts and principles on which this theatrical approach to the theatre is based have been used in an effort to set up at least a temporary criterion for the beginner to apply in arriving at an understanding of why he has or has not enjoyed a given stage, motion picture, or television experience. Beliefs and prejudices of the author have been presented as such, with the full realization that any playgoer with further experience and reading may modify or even discard much of what he has found on these pages. This is inevitable--the point is that in so doing he will have set up his own standards of judgment. This is the first goal of A Primer for Playgoers.
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