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Kate on Chapter 3:

I have written a few plays, directed them, and read many many more. And if we allow a somewhat loose definition of irony, the theater is full of it, thrives on it. One of the main ways actors keep plays fresh and revelatory is by saying one thing and meaning something utterly different. For instance, using a line that literally expresses love to betray contempt, fear, domination or, well, something quite different from affection. A major part of the exhilaration of being an audience member, I think, is detecting that what is being said is not REALLY what is being said, and perceiving that words do not, in fact, communicate their literal meaning, but rather mask or distract from the heart of the action happening on stage.

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