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Going to the Theater
Going to the Theater

Learn English meaning of 'going to the theater'

Date: Feb 03 2016

Themes: Hobbies, Music

Grammar: Contractions and Abbreviations


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Do you love watching movies at home? How about going to the theater? Many people prefer watching performances in front of a live audience. Going to see a production can be very exciting!

People love the intimate feel of a theater while watching an ensemble perform. Actors and directors put a lot of work into making a production compelling. Actors want to give an authentic performance, and people work behind the scenes to pick the right props and make the perfect costumes.

Jessica and Julie are discussing a new theater production. Find out what they think about it in this English lesson.


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Jessica:  I am so excited I get to see a play next weekend!

Julie:  What production are you going to see?

Jessica:  I am seeing Rope, which is based on the Hitchcock film.

Julie:  Wow, I’ve seen the film and I love it. That would be such a great play.

Jessica:  I know. I’m really excited to see what they do with the set and all of the props because I know its very film noir. It’ll be interesting to see it on stage.

Julie:  So, I actually am a little ignorant. Perhaps, it actually originally was a play because the film has these long scenes. So, I bet it will be really compelling on stage because it’s just these really intimate conversations.

Jessica:  Exactly, and I am not as familiar with this cast. I try to see a lot of plays every year, and I’ve seen a lot of shows with this company, but it’s a different ensemble than they typically work with. It should be interesting to see a different group of actors on the stage.

Julie:  Well I bet they will make it very authentic. I can’t wait to hear about it!

Jessica:  I know I’m very excited.


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Jessica tells Julie about the play she is seeing next weekend. She is really excited to see a play based on a Hitchcock film and wants to see how the ensemble performs together. She sees a lot of plays every year but is seeing a different group of actors perform this time.

Julie has heard of the Hitchcock movie and loves it. She thinks the play will be really compelling on stage because the film has intimate conversations. She is excited to hear about it.

Do you go to the theater to watch live performances? Would you rather watch a movie at home or see actors perform on stage?



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Going to the Theater is one of the kind for relaxing , but , recently , it is getting  expensive from tickets to pop cons , drink  . So, I end up watching it on big screen TV …. lol ….

04:09 PM Feb 03 2016 |




I love theatre and eager to see a psychological thriller I’m going go these week. It’s a totally different atmosphere that theatre provides us. You feel like you’re a part of them and participate too if the acting is decent and screenplay is right. “The stage is make-believe” and if the actor will convince you pulling off a great performance, he/she’s a great actor. I hope theatre is not a dying Art in our computer generation society. It’s when you can talk, see face to face, touch the velvet of the fabric seats, enjoy the Victorian decoration. It’s all so authentic.

02:20 PM Feb 03 2016 |

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