Obviously a theatrical masterpiece needs more than a plot; many television shows are nothing but plot, and it is doubtful that they will stand the test of time. But I also don’t think that making fun of plot, or acting like we’re all somehow “above” structure is such a good idea.
Read this interesting article with playwright Theresa Rebeck in the LA Times about how structure and plot in plays seems to be going the way of the dodo. Rebeck finds this annoying and I’m totally with her. Whacked out theatrics for the sake of being theatrical do nothing for me.
What do you think? Can structure and plot co-exist with theatricality?