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re: The structure of "Network"
Last Edit: Shutterbug 01:41 pm EST 02/06/19
Posted by: Shutterbug 01:36 pm EST 02/06/19
In reply to: The structure of "Network" - broadwaybacker 09:46 am EST 02/06/19

Two observations:
1) I don't think anyone is "forced" to participate. The staging and script encourage audience participation, but no one is forced. That seems a bit strong. There are no consequences to not participating. The night I was there, several people sitting around me just sat quietly during those moments. If you're not comfortable participating, don't.

2) I think the audience's waning enthusiasm is the point of doing it as many times as they do. We are the TV audience - who also becomes fatigued as the network turns what was once an expression of spontaneous, pent-up rage into a gimmick to get ratings. Beale's ratings decline as does our enthusiasm to shout the play's signature tag line.
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