What do the Fourth of July and Theater have in common?

Happy Fourth, everybody!

I’d bet that at least 70% of the readers of this blog will catch some sort of fireworks display tonight.


They’re exciting, explosive, and even a bit dangerous.

Sound familiar?

It should.  Because it’s exactly what you should want in the works you produce or write.

What draws people to watch fireworks, or even light off their own like I dangerously did as a kid, is the same thing that draws theatergoers to buy a ticket.  They want to see something that they don’t see everyday — that’ll make their eyes widen like they did the first time they held a sparkler.

Theatrical fireworks can take many forms . . . spectacular sets, incindiary dialogue, or dynamite performances.

And the most memorable displays incorporate all three.

So when you’re making a decision to produce a show, or you’re reading a redraft, ask yourself . . . is what you’re working on going to light up the sky?

If not, pack it with more powder.


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