Last night was the quietest Fourth of July can I remember. There were no sonic booms or bangs or bashes or even bops.
The “Suspension of Disbelief” is a vital notion in any live stage performance. We know we are sitting in a comfortable theatre in Washington, D.C. watching actors — and not in a gloomy, dark, forest in Germany watching murderers in the night — and we willingly suspend reality in favor of disbelieving what our eyes and minds are telling us is not real.
Think of a live performance stage as having four invisible walls that box in the action area. When performer then “breaks the fourth wall” that means there is a direct interaction with the audience by shattering the pretend “wall” that invisibly stands between the live space and the perceivers.