Sorry for the long interval, but the Retro Revivalists are back and happy to fill your Tumblr with more delicious finds and styles.
Speaking of intervals - they, too, are a retro trend which should be brought back. How many times have you longed for a visit to the restroom in the middle of a film, or lusted after a chocolate halfway through a theatre production?
Cue: the interval or intermission.
“An intermission (American English) or interval (British English) is a recess between parts of a performance or production, such as for a theatrical play, opera, concert, or film screening. It should not be confused with an entr’acte (French: “between acts”), which, in the 18th century, was a sung, danced, spoken, or musical performance that occurs between any two acts, that is unrelated to the main performance, and that thus in the world of opera and musical theatre became an orchestral performance that spans an intermission and leads, without a break, into the next act.
Marmontel and and Diderot both viewed the interval as a period in which the action did not in fact stop, but continued off-stage. “The interval is a rest for the spectators; not for the action.”, wrote Marmontel in 1763. “The characters are deemed to continue acting during the interval from one act to another.” However, intervals are more than just dramatic pauses that are parts of the shape of a dramatic structure. They also exist for more mundane reasons, such as that it is hard for audience members to concentrate for more than two hours at a stretch, and actors and performers (for live action performances at any rate) need to rest. They afford opportunity for scene and costume changesAnd of course performance venues take advantage of them to sell food and drink.
Psychologically, intervals cause audiences to return to reality, and are a period during which they can engage critical faculties that they have suspended during the performance itself.
The term “Broadway Bladder” names “the alleged need of a Broadway audience to urinate eve
ry 75 minutes”.Broadway Bladder, and other considerations (such as how much revenue a theatre would lose at its bar if there were no interval), govern the placement of intervals within performances, and their existence in performances, such as plays, that were not written/created with intervals in mind.”
Voila. I am definitely a victim of Broadway Bladder.
Hopefully, this interval was an opportunity for you to rest from the awesome, and get ready for some more.
We missed you, too.