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A play is like a game of Clue, a treasure hunt, a puzzle with each piece a line of dialog; it’s any board or parlor game, reading lines in turn like playing card or moving tokens; it’s charades, Categories, card or board game, reading lines like playing cards or moving tokens bridge or poker reading lines in turn like playing cards, with everyone a winner; with lines said in ti revealing plot and character, thought, language, rhythm, tears and laughter, tears, mood, with situations
It’s a novel without narration,
We like to read novels. We go to the movies, watch TV, work puzzles, make believe, play all kinds of games . Stage plays are just as good, in some ways better.hell of a lot more fun than people think.
But it’s so much more!
Fun with Friends
It’s always fun when people gather to shoot the breeze over a friendly game of (fill in the blank).
any of the countless games we play to pass free time.
If nothing else, a cold read is a social event, casual, convivial, where people get to know each other and enjoy ourselves. Up to half our time we spend spontaneously conversing, interacting, sharing lives.
gathering of gathering; a casual
sociable game, like poker ot Monopoly, with lines read out in turn like playing cards or tokens on a board; the object, to explore—together, all at once—the plot and characters, moral theme, language, and mood (if not the spectacle) of a work of dramatic literary art. Along the way there’s laughterIt’s laughing when the play is funny, grieving when it’s sad, interjecting conversation, sharing insights and recognitions, thoughts and feelings.
And taking time along the way to talk about it (and outselves).
Some readers enjoy playing like they’re someone other than themselves, although we by no means “act.” Acting is something else. Anyone who reads can read aloud. The more one does it, the more fun it gets.
Posts comparing cold reads to the vast numbers of other ways we humans spend free time together are in Category: Fun and Games. They range from book clubs to barhopping, parlor games
It’s a parlor game. It’s like charades or Pictionary.
in which to get together with friends to play a friendly game and shoot the breeze. In that regard, a cold read is a social occasion where the entertainment is game
That’s what a cold read is, essentially—a game of words, played out as spoken dialog, in turns, like cards, or tokens on a board, as we discover plot and character and thought in works of literary art,
It’s like sitting around a campfire telling stories, sharing lives.
It’s like reading a novel, only we read plays, aloud and together instead of alone, sharing the discovery, talking about it (and ourselves) as we go (not after the fact at a book club), sharing insights and opinions, lots of laughs, occasional tears.
It’s like playing a game, reading lines in turn like playing cards or tokens on a board; the object: to discover—all together, all at once—who’s who and what they do, and why, what happens, what does it mean? What could be more fun?
the plot and characters, moral theme, language, and mood (if not the spectacle) of a work of dramatic literary art. Along the way there’s laughterIt’s laughing when the play is funny, grieving when it’s sad, interjecting conversation, sharing insights and recognitions, thoughts and feelings.
Plays are just as rich in plot and character, moral theme, language, and mood as novels, just as entertaining (funny, sad, suspenseful, as anything else we do with other people funny, just as sad, suspenseful, dramatic, movies, novels without narrative, movies without pictures, live drama without just as interesting, suspenseful, entertaining as novels (movies, entertaining as a novelPlays are novels without narration, only dialog—people talking to one another.
Compare it, for example, to the pleasure you derive from It’s convivial social entertainment, intelligent conversation
Cold Reads & Other Popular Pastimes
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