Dec. 1st, 2015

tellitslant: Helen Magnus of Sanctuary, seen from the back pointing a gun (sanctuary - helen - waistcoat)
I have seen a couple of things lately - one play and one tv series - about which the best I could say in review was that the casts had deserved better. They both had pretty bad scripts, decent to good production values, and good to very good casts; in both cases, I was very critical of the writing. And yet I enjoyed them, for the most part, and with the tv series I watched it all the way through. Granted in both cases I was also watching for specific performers, so I had reason to stay, but still.

And yet I was thinking afterwards about what makes me give up on texts, and I think I'm more likely to stick out something with bad writing and good acting than vice versa. This kind of surprised me - as a writer, you'd think I'd be deeply offended by poor work, but possibly being able to pick it apart and laugh at it makes me able of getting some entertainment out of it. Bad acting just bores me, for the most part, but I think I'm most likely to drop a show or leave a play if it has bad production values. I just find that so sloppy - lighting, cinematography, sound: there's no excuse for fucking those up. And good production values can elevate the mediocre.

What's your make-or-break?

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