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You are going to read an article about a different kind of theater, where the audience can participate in the action. Six sentences have been removed from the article. Choose from the sentences A-G the one which fits each gap. There is one extra sentence you do not need to use.
The Active Audience
If you’re not a person who enjoys theater, you’ll still have heard of Macbeth, Shakespeare’s famous play. But even if you do appreciate theater, you’ll probably not be prepared for the type of interactive experience I recently had in New York City. I went to see – or rather interact in – Sleep No More. The name of this modern production is taken from Macbeth’s lines in the original play, yet Sleep No More has little connection to the Macbeth I knew. 1 It was thrilling! More than four hundred years separate these two plays – and between them is a tremendous change in how we understand theater. 2 This separation between actors and audience, called the “fourth wall,” is an imaginary wall through which the audience sees the action of the play. The “fourth wall” has been removed in many modern productions, as the audience is invited to join the actors and become part of the action. Known as interactive theater, audience involvement in the play was also a feature of Victorian British pantomime, where the audience was encouraged to boo or hiss at the villain and cheer the hero, supposedly to warn the characters. A century later, musicals such as Hair and Cats had the actors wander down theater aisles, speaking to the theatergoers directly and even sipping from their drinks. 3 Interactive theater requires the audience to be actively involved. Members of the audience may be picked to participate as a character, like the hairdresser or funeral director in You Me Bum Bum Train (2004), for example. 4 In the latter, audience members were required to vote on the play’s ending, so the performance varied every night. And in a play called 66 Minutes in Damascus (2012), theatergoers found themselves included in the action as kidnapped tourists! Much interactive drama does not even take place in a traditional theater building. Many directors have their performances staged in site-specific locations where the action itself is supposed to have happened. A play about transportation, for instance, might be staged inside a train. The venue for Sleep No More is a building that was once empty and has been renamed the McKittrick Hotel. 5 Sometimes this is simply because the company cannot afford to rent a suitable venue, or it could reflect the cast’s objective of connecting directly to their audience. Interactive theater has not yet become mainstream, but it is attracting a steadily growing number of followers. 6 That’s why critics say that the audience should not be asked to move around without good reason, or just because the director is trying to be different or avant-garde. What does this have to do with you? If you don’t want to be part of the action, perhaps you should get someone to tell you something about the performance before you book your ticket. Or maybe just give it a try – you may discover that the excitement of interactive theater is something you can’t do without.
A – Nevertheless, many theatergoers still prefer to see the action from the comfort of their seat, without having to do something active.
B – Interactive theater may take place on the street or in other open public places like parks and shopping centers.
C – Gradually, however, performances in the Western world moved indoors to theater buildings.
D – Or they may be asked to decide how the play ends, as in Drood (1985), an adaptation of Dickens’ unfinished novel The Mystery of Edwin Drood.
E – In traditional Western theater, the audience sits on one side of the curtain, while the actors perform on the other side, on the stage.
F- Other shows invited audience members onstage to help out by holding various kinds of props, or objects used during the performance.
G – Audience members were free to wander down hallways, enter hidden rooms and watch the action being played out in them, or follow actors as they moved from one creepy room to the next.