Reality? Illusion? William Shakespeare prophetically captures the essence of drama when he wrote, "All the world's a stage." When Pirandello's "Six Characters in Search of an Author" was first performed in 1921, it was far ahead of its time because the theme was so original and astonishing. Imagined but uncompleted characters burst into reality from
According to McGuire, the stage "probes the whole nature of the convention of stage reality." In theatre, the setting becomes real in that whatever the audience sees, it is the "real" thing.
However, it is a fair assumption that the audience understands they are not real (Art and props instead) and that is arguably
Furthermore, props and scenery also contribute to the setting, thus playing a crucial role in the understanding of this play. A strong example of this is when Madame Pace appears. The hats and coats retrieved for the set are seen as props. But they are not props; instead, they are Madame Pace's properties. They belong...