I break character frequently until they can see the stage they’re standing on, and I’m standing on… and see the cardboard props

Thank you Millard. What I do is look past the words they’re using and imagine myself siting in their place, trying to understand their perspective and I start predicting their next moves and countering them ahead of time when I can.

But I do it like a dance. They want a dramatic play? I know the script and can play my role. But I break character frequently until they can see the stage they’re standing on, and I’m standing on… and see the cardboard props and the guy sitting there with the laugh track button and the ‘aww” button, in the mostly empty auditorium.

My hope is I’ll hear, “Wanna beer?” when it’s all done or something, although I prefer coffee.

To do a variation on the Shakespeare, we’re all but method actors who lost themselves in their parts.

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