- By Len Berkman
(Andrew DeVries, The Other Side of Eden. Courtesy of the artist.)
Among the lesser discussed aspects of “mainstream” theater (and film as well as TV) in the U.S. is its overarching goal to stir proud “insider” feelings in its large-scale audiences. Realism became a major implement in that regard. What could make “us ticket-holders” feel more welcome than the stage’s invisible fourth wall: for us to see and hear through, as we sit invisible in the dark, “flies on the wall,” our only hoped for sounds to be our collective laughter, tears, or resounding climactic applause.
Needless to say, “outsiders” too are invariably, in far smaller numbers, among these audiences....