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    Question "...getting the best play out of actors..."?

    Hi,
    It's alright to say, 'to get the best out of the actors/actresses.' Can we also say, 'to get the best play out of them.'? (This is what a director can manage of course!)

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    Re: "...getting the best play out of actors..."?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mehrgan View Post
    Hi,
    It's alright to say, 'to get the best out of the actors/actresses.' Can we also say, 'to get the best play out of them.'? (This is what a director can manage of course!)
    'To get the best play out of them' sounds an unlikely utterance to me. If you said it, it would suggest that you were trying to get the best production of the play from the actors. This becomes clearer if you say:

    'to get the best play on Broadway out of them.'

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    Re: "...getting the best play out of actors..."?

    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    'To get the best play out of them' sounds an unlikely utterance to me. If you said it, it would suggest that you were trying to get the best production of the play from the actors. This becomes clearer if you say:

    'to get the best play on Broadway out of them.'
    Does my sentence suggest that the only thing that matters to the director is the final production, while in your sentence the director wants to bring the best out of them for professional purposes?

    Thanks you for the reply! Ta!

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    Re: "...getting the best play out of actors..."?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mehrgan View Post
    Does my sentence suggest that the only thing that matters to the director is the final production, while in your sentence the director wants to bring the best out of them for professional purposes?
    It's hard to say. As I said, the sentence is an unlikely one in my opniion.

    My feeling is that I might expect to hear one of three utterances, none of them containing the word 'play':

    1. The director hopes/wants /is trying to get the best performances out of them. = the best display of acting skills.

    2. The director hopes/wants /is trying to get the best production out of them. = the best production of the play staged.

    3. The director hopes/wants /is trying to get the best performance out of them. Context would tell us whether meaning #1 or #2 was implied.

    I stress that this is only my feeling. I also feel that if we want give the meaning of #2, the suggestion I made above is clear:

    ... to get the best play on Broadway out of them.

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    Re: "...getting the best play out of actors..."?

    I think the reason I too would be unlikely to say "get the best play out of them" is that what comes from actors is not the "play" - that comes from the writer. I think that a viable sentence would be:

    "The producer worked closely with the writer to get the best possible play out of him."

    Actors don't give you a play, they give you a performance. I wouldn't even say they gave you a production, as fivejedjon rather tentatively offered as an alternative. I think a "production" would imply not just actors but also designers, crew and indeed the director himself - it's more of an overall thing, not just down to the actors.

    I think performance is the most natural choice of word here.

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