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Many people are too busy in their every day lives to indulge in drama and shows, to venture out to the theater in Kaipalu to see a real production, or even to spare a few minutes for a traveling show. Most, however, will make the time, haul themselves away from tedious tasks or boring endeavors to get wrapped up in another world for an hour, maybe two, to watch people make asses of themselves r tell a charming story.

Common Theater

Theater for the everyman is frequently more comedy than drama. Even the serious shows will always have a serious character, an element of farce, jokes or slapstick, crude humor that is designed to cheer people up, make them laugh, distract and amuse, as opposed to think deep thoughts. With the Blight a hovering concern, as well as the struggles and problems of everyday life, people don't need to weep, to worry, to be sad. They need fun, and cheer. There are some tragedies, still, but most of them are relics of the past.

In the Countryside, most of the acts are makeshift in barns or clearings, traveling bands working out of carts with sets that can be easily thrown together. They do abridged or smaller versions of the most popular plays, changing season by season. In Cessnock there are some stable, established theaters, but most of their shows come in the form of burlesque — comedy or dancing or singing in restaurants and taverns, the kinds of shoes that get hoots and hollers instead of rapt audiences.

Aristocratic Theater

In the upper tiers, theater is entirely different. The goal of humor, if there is any, is satire or veiled mockery of other families, of stupid traditions, or of the common man. In general, their shows are intellectual and serious, written by themselves and for themselves. The shows are set up in elaborate theaters, and are used as an excuse to dress in formal wear, to show off wealth, to strut and preen and quietly socialize. Here, tragedies are common, as are political plays and shows about philosophy or other intellectual endeavors.