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He points out the fact that most fans watch concerts and see sports by craning up to the JumboTron, which magniﬁes the live performance and offers a much better view of the performers than the naked eye alone permits. Auslander also observes a historical change in how the music industry promotes its performers. Formerly, it booked concert tours 8 / Chapter 1 and live performances to boost record sales. Now, more and more, producers orchestrate live performances to duplicate the studio sound of recorded music.
On the one hand, I sat in what could almost have been a separate area code from the actual performance onstage. On the other hand, and in both ears, the sound nearly drove me out of my seat. The sheer amount of mixers and ampliﬁers and other stuff that technicians use to make things happen at a Broadway theater is deﬁnitely impressive, but still it does make me wonder: how live is the live performance I’m paying a premium price to see? By far, though, the greatest threat to the theater comes from ﬁlm and television.
She argues, “Performance honors the idea that a limited number of people in a speciﬁc time/space frame can have an experience of value which leaves no visible trace afterward. . Performance’s independence from mass reproduction, technologically, economically, and linguistically, is its greatest strength” (149). Phelan’s prejudice against written texts echoes Antonin Artaud’s “No More Masterpieces” and his conviction that “the theater is the only place in the world where a gesture, once made, can never be made the same way twice” (75).
American Drama in the Age of Film by Zander Brietzke