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JJ Hersh

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PROFESSIONALISM: Reading during the show
« on: Feb 03, 2018, 11:59 pm »
I recently worked on a show as a supertitle operator and noticed that the stage manager was reading a book between cues. There were sometimes very big gaps between cues and she never missed any, but personally, as a stage manager, I've always followed the rule that my eyes are always on the stage, even on shows that are technically very low maintenence. What is the norm?
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Re: Professionalsm: Reading during the show
« Reply #1 on: Feb 04, 2018, 04:03 am »
Super unprofessional, since your job is a lot more than just saying "go." How are you supposed to give notes on changes in blocking or altered lines if you weren't paying attention when they happened? How are you supposed to respond to a crisis if you never saw it happen?
Even little things (especially little things) are important: if my actor steps on her hem and trips, she might not even remember it happened by the end of the scene, but I know to check the stitching on her bodice, to contact Wardrobe if it needs repair, ask the actor if she needs the hem raised... &c. &c. &c.

What would that SM even be putting in their reports?