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“OPERA, n. A play representing life in another world, whose inhabitants have no speech but song, no motions but gestures and no postures but attitudes. All acting is simulation, and the word
_simulation_ is from _simia_, an ape; but in opera the actor takes for his model _Simia audibilis_ (or _Pithecanthropos stentor_) --the ape that howls.
The actor apes a man --at least in shape; The opera performer apes and ape.”
“The most important innovation for 'Desperate Housewives' wasn't its being a prime-time soap opera, ... That's played well since 'Peyton Place.' Rather, it was its post-modern treatment. It worked well as prime-time escapism, but also there was a darker current that played like a cross between 'American Beauty' and 'Dynasty.'”