Featured category: Theatre

Ayn Rand’s choose-your-own-adventure play, the magician in the oven, the shortest play in history, and the cross-eyed kabuki pose.

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At the emotional climax of a kabuki play, an actor will strike and hold a unique pose known as the mie. Sometimes they go cross-eyed.

Jury summons
Unknown, possibly work for hire for Albert H. Woods, producer of the play [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Ayn Rand wrote a play about a court trial in which the audience acted as jury and voted on the performance’s outcome. Objectivism!

The 19th century French magician Ivan Chabert performed his act from within a lit oven.

Roger Pic / Public domain

Samuel Beckett wrote the world’s shortest play. The first performance still managed to mess it up.

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