I think one of the cooler parts of Ruined was the interaction between the cast and the audience. There are a few moments when the cast breaks the 4th wall that really appealed to me, notably the scene in the play’s opening where the Professor chugs down a Fanta. I feel like when you break the 4th wall appropriately, you can really create a deeper connection between audience and cast. While some can deride such a move as only going for a cheap laugh, I think when done properly you can use this device to make your characters a bit more realistic and lifelike, ironic for such an abstract action on a stage.


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