Top Ten Reasons to See The Baron’s Men: Reason 9 – Crowd Participation

Posted: March 28, 2012 in Uncategorized

I am a firm believer in the power of booing.  It is a healthy cathartic action that allows for the release of the venomous buildup that threatens to over take our fast paced, modern lives.  It is part of why we enjoy sporting events so much.  The focused vitriol of a group foisted upon a neutral third party helps us come together as a society.  It is probably why the Gladiatorial Games were so popular for the Romans.  This holds true for Elizabethan theater as well, although at the time, they hissed, not booed.  Iago is not just the villain of Othello, to the 16th century groundling he represents the scheming, back stabbing, motiveless malignity that permeated his world.  Placing such a character on stage allowed the masses to have a focus for their hatred and helped them come together against a common enemy.  This is part of the power of live theater, the group involvement of cheering for the hero and hissing the villain.  The Baron’s Men know this.  They don’t want prim and proper ladies and gentlemen to sit on their hands and watch the drama unfold.  They want the crowd to hiss the villain, the cheer the hero.  They want the crowd to be part of the production, fueling greater performances with their energy.  Hate your boss, hate traffic in Austin, or do you just need to get out and cheer for the good guy?  Go see the Baron’s Men and save yourself the therapist bill.

The Baron’s Men Present – The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare

Fridays and Saturdays April 5th-27th, Thursdays April 18th & 25th

The Curtain Theatre, Austin, Texas


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