Spectacle in the way of the world
Restoration and Eighteenth-Century Theatre Research
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By the 1730s, theater audiences had tired of stage-managed spectacles and were more interested in participating, through sentimental response, in the theatrical experience. Messrs. Coburn and Erwin argue that Congreve anticipated this shift in 1700. The two dominant metaphors of The Way of the World are gambling, in which the game's thrill is the risk of shame through loss, and dancing, which depends on mutual cooperation.
Classical Archaeology and Art History | Theatre History
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Spectacle in the way of the world.
Restoration and Eighteenth-Century Theatre Research, 15(1),