TV Nation (On Stage)

Plays are starting to look too much like TV, complains playwright Joanna Laurens. “Where are the subtle plays, plays that address current social issues by sidling up to them, not by hitting you over the head with them? That is what I want to see. I don’t want the same experience from both television and theatre. The mediums don’t function in the same way – and yet, they are increasingly being used interchangeably. Let’s put this play on the screen; let’s put this film on the stage. Let’s clog up our theatres with naturalism.”