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Is Theater Getting Shorter?

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Are plays getting shorter? A report from Los Angeles suggests that more theater is clocking in at an hour and a half or less, with no intermission—about the average running time of a movie.

"Nowadays a lot more plays are being written as one-acts," Michael Ritchie, artistic director of Los Angeles’ Center Theatre Group, tells The Los Angeles Times.

The newspaper reports: “In September and October 1997, 15% of the plays reviewed [by The Los Angeles Times] ran 95 minutes or less. For the same two months in 2012, it was 37%. The inverse was true for plays running 21/2 hours or more: 33% in 1997, 16% in 2012.”

This program aired on November 27, 2012. The audio for this program is not available.

Greg Cook Twitter Arts Reporter
Greg Cook was an arts reporter and critic for WBUR's The ARTery.

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