The biggest appeal to stage shows in modern times is the energy. If you have a good cast and crew that pull off the show right, it can be an experience that you just can't replicate onscreen. Like with the use of space and acoustics and sometimes interactivity.
The fact that you can stagedoor and actually talk to the people involved in the show is cool too.
Theatre that deals with theatre, like Gypsy, also benefits from the live audience because there's a thematic conversation going on between watcher and watched, performer and audience. It often breaks the fourth wall.
>>64608604 Yes! Read Brecht! He does some really great stuff with the stage. (Check out Caucasian Chalk Circle or Arturo Ui if you're interested.)
Live theatre will always be stronger in breaking the fourth wall since you can make eye contact with an audience. People are also more empathetic to a story because of this.
Good stage actors also feel out an audience and provide a better show in response to them. It's weird, but it happens.
Theatre also gives you the advantage of watching whatever character you want to watch. You aren't limited to a camera.
Just a few things. I still prefer film overall, but I think theatre is also really underrated. A lot of cool stuff is being done in contemporary theatre, and a lot of people dismiss it due to Shakespeare, Chekhov, etc. being forced at them in grade school.
you can't pirate them Its like the vinyl of the film world, they will always be pushed by the industry because people have to constantly pay for them unlike with better forms of media which can easily be shared
>>64608864 Bootlegs though. It seems easier to find them for musical theatre but there's a really active bootleg community and popular shows sometimes have bootlegs made every time an actor leaves a role or a swing plays something everybody is excited to see.
Granted, they're usually completely shit quality and nothing like actually experiencing the show live, but they allow people to see shows and keep interested in them.
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