”Shocking, right? Well, the audience certainly thought so—the whole place gasped when that line was delivered. I was amazed to find that they had come to see this play not knowing what it was about."

I was struck by this when I saw the play earlier this year. Not only did the audience gasp, but when the same moment was replayed as film footage a few minutes later, some audience members gasped again, as though hearing it for the first time. This made me doubt the sincerity of the first gasp. Were they genuinely shocked? Hard to tell.

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