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Diary of a Stage Manager: Entry #2

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BY KATIE STRAUB

Entry #2: An Ode to Stage Directions

The opening stage direction of Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest reads:

Act I

Scene I

Morning-room in Algernon’s flat in Half-Moon Street. The room is luxuriously and artistically furnished. The sound of piano is heard in the adjoining room.

Lane is arranging afternoon tea on the table, and after the music has ceased, Algernon enters.

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Diary of a Stage Manager: Entry #1

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By KATIE STRAUB

Entry #1: No Sweat.

Professional theater is not all dazzling divas and thunderous applause – to put on a show, you need the logistical stuff in between. The life of a summer theater stage manager.

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