Notes on acting and direction by Theatre Creation

Theatre Creation: Notes On Acting and Direction

Every object tells. In a properly created on-stage world, nothing is extra and nothing is missing…To paraphrase Chekhov, “Never hang a musket over the fireplace in Act I unless someone gets shot in Act III.”

That is, do not create visual anticipation without exploiting it. Playwright Romulus Linney stated this same idea more strongly:

“Everything on the set should be used up, burned up, blown up, destroyed, or otherwise completely chemically altered over the course of the story or else it didn’t belong there to begin with.”