The world of theater is not unlike a circus family. Everyone involved in a circus needs to lend a hand to erect the big top, feed the elephants and be able to fill in for a clown, juggler or lion tamer if needed, but everyone has their specialty. What is your theater specialty? What is yourprimary relationship to theater?
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Cheryl Itamura is the Founder and Editor in Chief of Real Live Theater.
It seems as though everyone has a valid reason for choosing either theatER or theatRE to spell, well, to spell theatER or theatRE, usually based on: the context in which the word is being used; the country in or continent on which it is being used; which respected figure of some authority or expertise is consulted; and whether Wikipedia or some other dictionary is the reference guide of choice.
In the case of Real Live Theater, the ‘er’ version was selected over the ‘re’ version simply for practical purposes — we wanted people to find us on the internet. In our attempt to discover which spelling people would most likely search for us under, we devised a survey, groundbreaking for its use of exceptionally low-to-no technology: we distributed paper towels and pens randomly around a crowed room and verbally instructed people simply to write ‘real live theater/theatre’ on the towels, without any further explanation or debate, and without any mention of the spelling variations to choose from. In fact, the participants were not so much as even informed why they were being asked to participate in this exercise. When all twenty-five paper towels were collected and the results were tallied, it was revealed with great astonishment, that ‘real live theater’ (the ‘er’ version) was written on all twenty-five paper towels. With the announcement of the final results, RealLiveTheatER.ORG was born, but the larger debate still raged on: when is theatER appropriate and when is theatRE appropriate to use?
We have looked though our lists of theaters (or theatres, as the case may be) and have discovered that roughly half of those on our lists use the ‘er’ version and half use the ‘re’ spelling.
Please take a moment to complete the simple one-question survey below and let us know which spelling you use.
If you would like to share your reasons for choosing one spelling or the other, or would like to elaborate on the appropriate circumstances in which to use either spelling, please click the red ‘Comment’ button below and share your thoughts with us. (Click here to see previously submitted comments on this subject.)
Cheryl Itamura is the Founder and Editor in Chief of Real Live Theater.
The great debate rages on into the night here at Real Live Theater: how do you spell theater or theatre?
Please take a moment to complete the simple survey below. If you would like to elaborate on why you spell it one way or the other, you have the option to also click on the red ‘comment’ button at the bottom of this article and share your reason with us. We would love to know your opinion.
With so many different types of live theater to choose from, we realize it can be difficult to decide which ones to spend your time and money on. Of the types of live theater listed below, which type to you attend most often? Please click on the answer that best applies do you on the survey form below, then be sure to click the “Vote” button. (Note: all responses will remain anonymous.)
Here at Real Live Theater we’ve been having a debate and we’re hoping you will enlighten us.
You are invited to participate in our simple poll to help us discover how far people are willing to travel to see a live theater production. Please click on the answer that best applies to you on the survey form below, then be sure to click the “Vote” button. (Note: all responses will remain anonymous.)
Real Live Theater is on a quest for knowledge and you can enlighten us.
You are invited to participate in our simple poll to help us discover how many live theater performances people attend per year as audience members. Please click on the answer that best applies to you on the survey form below, then be sure to click the “Vote” button. (Note: all responses will remain anonymous.)
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The Real Live Theater List
Listed below are links to some of our favorite theater related websites and blogs. The list changes seasonally and is always a fantastic place to find interesting resources. We hope you will find it to be a useful tool in discovering new things about theater. This season we feature on our list a variety of links to playwrights' festivals and resources across the United States and selected theater companies located in Northern California.