|I am most inclined to agree with Paddy. I suppose it boils down to reasons; reason for writing a play; reason to needing it to fit into a particular genre or length. If commercialism is a reason, or if extending or shorting a play strictly for length (as opposed to content); then, as many have said, 85 min to 2 hours is full length, etc., etc., etc., or thereabouts. If the reason for writing a play is because one can't help it; because there is something needing to be expressed and adding or subtracting gets in the way of that expression or, God forbid, it the way of Art -- then I'd throw my two cents in with Paddy's. Of course, there is no reason one cannot write for both. I have set out writing a play strictly for commercial reasons, and, sometimes, they have paid-off. I have written plays that have never been produced, a very few have ever seen, in full knowledge while writing it that, more than likely, it will never be produced. It didn't matter; it doesn't matter. Reasons -- begin with reasons.
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