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The Theater of the Tiny

The Theater of the Tiny

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Published by Brian K. Henry
Find out just how tiny drama can be.
Find out just how tiny drama can be.

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Published by: Brian K. Henry on Oct 21, 2011
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Brian HenryTwitter: @brianhenry63The Theater of the TinyAs they made their way toward the Theater of the Tiny, Alan had to conceal hisskepticism. Deirdre was so excited by the entire concept of really, really small dramathat it was almost infectious. He didn’t want to spoil her enthusiasm with his well-honed,cosmopolitan world-weariness. After all, he’d seen Japanese noh drama, Baroque Frenchmasques and Sino-Senegalese performance art. The theater could hold few surprises for a man of his experience.“I’ve always thought regular drama was too large,” Deirdre was saying. “It was atheory of mine, ever since I was twenty-three. So the subtlety of this tiny drama just blew my mind.” Her eyes lit up at the memories of the spectacular tininess. “Their revival of Anna Christie had this amazing miniscule seaport set. I just imagined crawlinginto one of those tiny boats like I could sail off on a tiny globe-spanning ocean.”“And I suppose they drink tiny drinks in the bar scene?”“You have no idea how skillfully they do it. A thoughtless actor would just downa tiny drink with one normal-size sip, leaving nothing in the glass for additional sippingthrough the remainder of the scene. But these actors of tiny drama, they measure their sips ever so carefully to fit into the entire tiny world of the piece. Yet they do it in a waythat makes the sips look totally natural in their miniature plane of existence.” Deirdremade size gestures with her hands, bringing her fingers nearly together to show variousextremities of tininess. “Watching the performance, I feel like I’m becoming a small ant,watching professional ant performers, only incredibly well-trained ant performers with
Brian HenryTwitter: @brianhenry63great enunciation that have the emotional range of a Katherine Hepburn or a RobertMitchum.”Alan raised his eyebrows. “How do these actors even get into tiny acting? Imean, you must have to meet some demanding physical requirements…”Deirdre grasped his arm quickly with the urgency of a girl thinking he’dcompletely misunderstood. “That’s just it. Everything is done with such mastery that theactor’s physical size is irrelevant. Just through their performance they evoke in theaudience the essence of the tiny.”“So what you’re saying is that their motions…”“It’s not even just in the motions.” Deirdre fixed him with an intense look, her eyes turning to him at the same time that they seemed to slightly recede. “It’s in their entire persona. They even have to make their eyes tinier, to psychically shrink downtheir corneas to an appropriate dimension, to match the tininess of the piece.”“You say tininess of the piece, but surely the play’s the same size. If they doMacbeth, the play isn’t any smaller.”“Not in any textual way, no, but the characters are reflected through an entirelytiny lens. It’s almost as though you need to squint a little to see the small Banquo gettingmurdered.”Alan gave her a playful elbow jab. “Yes, the sad death of little Banquette.”Deirdre just looked at him blankly. They were getting closer to the theater, theTiny Drama banners popping up here and there, but Alan seemed no closer tounderstanding. “You’re making jokes. You just don’t get it, do you? Tininess can be

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