Direct Line – Now That Would Be A Revolution

Michael Feingold writes that it’s time for the role of director to be redefined. “I’m afraid it’s time for the theater to get rid of directing. Now don’t panic. I said directing, not directors. I’m talking about a specific kind of directing, fairly common these days, that functions only as an interference to the work being performed. It’s become a fashion in Europe, and in certain academic circles, where various theoretical excuses have been made up for it. And, as lovers of great theater music know to their dismay, it’s widely prevalent in opera—so much so that directors coming onstage for their curtain call at premieres are shocked when they don’t get booed.”