Opening Night = Minor Car Crash

There are a lot of stories about things going wrong during theater and opera productions. This made me chuckle:

First nights are ghastly ordeals for actors. A recent study indicates that the stress endured is equivalent to being involved in a minor car crash, and that’s without the intervention of the utilities. Everybody there is willing you to succeed or fail, and the only reaction from the darkness of the auditorium (or as the actor David Haig perfectly describes it, “the abyss”) is the forced laughter of friends and family or the equally deafening silence from critics and bitter rivals.

Read the whole story here.

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~ by ohactually on March 28, 2008.

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