John H. Muse discusses Jonathan Ball’s 2010 collection, Clockfire, a compendium of “sketches of impossible plays,” as a means of interrogating theater’s relationship both to surveillance and the virtual, both of which Muse sees as inherent in all theatrical acts, real or imagined. In Muse’s analysis, Ball’s book “portray[s] spectatorship in theater and in contemporary life as an uneasy, dangerous activity often difficult to distinguish from surveillance.”

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