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re: Reimagined THE PHILADELPHIA STORY On Tap Next for THE CIRCLE SERIES
Posted by: Michael_Portantiere 11:08 am EDT 08/16/19
In reply to: re: Reimagined THE PHILADELPHIA STORY On Tap Next for THE CIRCLE SERIES - BruceinIthaca 10:06 am EDT 08/16/19

"Theatre is a living and breathing art, not a museum for static artifacts, trapped in amber (and it's not like The Philadelphia Story IS a timeless classic anyway). And presumably they are doing whatever they are doing with the approval of the owners of the rights. If it's in public domain (doubtful, given when it was first produced--the latest works to go into public domain recently are from the 20s), all's fair.

I find this statement disingenuous, because the point is: Although it may be legally and technically acceptable for someone to radically reinterpret a play (or musical) because they have the approval of the rights owners, or because the work is in the public domain, that DOES NOT mean it's "fair" to do so, or that the creators wouldn't speak out against the reinterpretation if they were still alive (or would have allowed it in the first place).

"Yours is a knee-jerk response that no one should take seriously."

Funny, I would say that YOURS is a knee-jerk response that no one should take seriously. You spout that "theatre is a living and breathing art, " not a "museum," etc., etc., as if that should be the end of the discussion. Your opinion is that present-day theater practitioners should have complete freedom to radically, massively reconceive a play (or musical) , and you apparently will cling fast to that opinion even when the radical reconception flies directly in the face of what the creators intended. Of course, it's your choice to do so, but please don't lecture people who feel otherwise.
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