Talk Amongst Yourselves (Not The Audience)

What’s going on with playwrights who feel they have to have a character talk directly to an audience to explain some plot point? It’s just plain lazy. “Many playwrights have forgotten the art of exposition, of revealing the story through dialogue, of letting us find our own way. It feels like spoon-feeding to me when an actor enters, steps into a follow-spot and tells me, ‘Hi. I’m Mary. This is my house. I’m a flight attendant. I just found out my boyfriend’s cheating on me.’ I always think, Is this a play or an AA meeting?”