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A larger question, maybe; does the use of a smaller company help storytelling?
Last Edit: Delvino 09:06 am EST 02/02/19
Posted by: Delvino 09:06 am EST 02/02/19
In reply to: re: "Merrily We Roll Along" - kess0078 10:18 pm EST 02/01/19

When a larger, sprawling tale (in general, one not indebted to a strict adherence to the unities), is told with a company of 20-25, we are forced to absorb new faces, new bodies, new voices; in effect, we experience the marginalia of the story proper as people wander in and out of the narrative. It can be exhausting to follow so many tangential plot points and how they impact the major characters.

Does re-framing a story with 6-8 somehow give more focus? Make a given story feel more centered and grounded? It's a question I've posed to people putting together musicals with far fewer. No clear answer, and maybe there is none. But a show like "Merrily," which in its original iteration seemed hard to follow at times, and not merely because of its reverse chronology, is the playing of the entire plot with a handful of people helpful in specific ways?
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