Acting in real time
In real time theater the actor is central. On stage he is present as himself, and as the role(s) he’s playing. He is the intermediary between the play, and the audience.
Acting in real time is a new convention in theater, which goes back to the epic theatre of Bertolt Brecht, combined with elements of the psychological realism of Konstantin Stanislavski.
The illusion of reality of realism, makes in real time theater way for the reality of the illusion. Everything on stage is real: the time on the clock, the stage itself, the acting, and the actor.
Real time acting is a concept, which knows as many forms as its directors. They all carry their own signature.
In the theater of Paul Binnerts the characters often find themselves in larger-than-life-situations. Their stories are about their conflicts with themselves and with the world around them, and above all about the impossible choices they are facing. These stories are all too human, often of an unbearable lightness, full of fine humor and sadness: comedy mixed with tragedy. The audience looks through the eyes of the actor into the soul of the character he plays. One critic wrote: “Binnerts brings big themes back to human proportions, which mirror our lives.”
Acting in Real Time, by Paul Binnerts translated by the author and Stephen Wangh: The University of Michigan Press, Ann Arbor, 2012.