I’ve read and seen a number of plays lately in which exposition is far from elegant. ie, ‘Bob, it’s so great to see you! It’s been four years since I’ve seen you, and that was before I lost my house to foreclosure! How are you handling your recent divorce? Wow, it sure is hot here in Central Florida.’
I of course exaggerate. This is just a pet peeve of mine and something I really try not to do, and cringe when I have to. But, I am realizing: if the play is really good and compelling and beautiful, some of this slightly sloppy exposition is completely excusable, because it’s necessary. You simply most get from A to B, and keep going.
Now, if you excuse me, I must return to my job with a corporate housing company where I’ve been working for 2.5 years.