Renaissance public performances of plays usually began with music, which like overtures for concerts, or modern theatres’ dimming of the lights, gave forewarning that the important part was about to start. The dramatist and performers want us to pay attention from the very first words, to be plunged into their fictional world and space with all our senses alert. The openings can tell us more about Webster’s intentions than any other single part of the play. They focus our attention on a new world and its concerns, and demand our attention.
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