The audience enters to see the set on the stage, violating what should be a cardinal rule of theater: never dispense with a curtain. Not only does it rob the audience of that valuable moment when the world outside yields to the world on stage, it lets critics examine the space at close range and notice things like the Kleenex box with a design not yet adopted in the 1950s.
06 October 2006
A persuasive argument
From Brad Hathaways's review of 12 Angry Men, currently running at the Kennedy Center: