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When Does No Really Mean Yes?

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Maybe it's David Razowsky's fault. Maybe it's The Upfront Theatre's fault. Or Susan Messing. Or Rachel Mason. Maybe all of them. Whichever, whomever, I remain exceedingly firmly grounded in the philosophy of improv theory that says there is a difference between saying no to your character and saying no to the reality of the scene.

Yes. Improv is all about yes, and. Completely. But yes, and, does not always mean saying yes to every single thing that comes out of your scene partner's mouth. Nope, nope, nope, nopers. Yes, and, means saying yes to the reality of the scene. Yes to the plot. Yes to the situation. Yes to locations and objects that have been established. Yes to character definitions. And sometimes it means your character saying no to the other character. From those kinds of nos, we can get tension. We can get instant plot arcs and dramatic archetypes. We can get heightening of plot or character relationships.

To wit:

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