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Affordable Plots in Sinnar

Before we can intelligently follow the course of any traditional disguise


situation, we must consider the technical aspects of disguise in general.
Let us examine briefly the constructive function of the motive, from the
point of view of the playwright, and its physical or theatrical value from
the point of view of the stage manager. Disguise is an effective dramatic
contrivance because the deception which produces action and the recognition
which ends it are fundamentally dramatic transactions; and because the
change of costume together with the mimetic action of body and
dissimulation of voice involve the essence of theatricality.
For dramaturgic effectiveness there are few better mechanical devices. Yet
it must be understood from the beginning that disguise is only a mechanical
and external cause of action. When a dramatist builds a tragedy on the
basis of mad ambition or vacillating desire for revenge, he is using an
abstract or psychological cause. When comic action results from
gullibility, or braggadocio, the motive is again abstract. But when pity
and fear are aroused by the clashing of bloody swords, or when laughter
comes at the sight of unctuous avoirdupois or ridiculous grimacings, the
dramatic causes are physical and concrete. Such a physical device is the
disguise motive.
The test of plots in sinnar structure needs no very elaborate formula. It
is perhaps better to limit ourselves to two elements of plot action, the
complication and ultimate resolution. A playwright, before constructing a
plot, must find a factor which is capable of producing dramatic
complication. He must also find a factor which will produce a sure
resolution of this complication. It stands to reason then that a device
which complicates and is at the same time capable of resolving, is
especially desirable to him. Disguise is such a device. For as soon as
disguise is successfully assumed there is probability of complication which
involves the persons deceived and the one deceiving; and when the disguise
is discovered there is an end to the complication. We shall consider
disguise basic when it initiates and develops, as well as re- solves, the
action of the given plot.