Broke the fourth wall

Posted by ESC on December 29, 2004

In Reply to: Broke the fourth wall posted by melissa on December 29, 2004

: I understand generally what this means, but any more insight into this phrase would be much appreciated.


fourth wall
The space separating the audience from the action of a theatrical performance, traditionally conceived of as an imaginary wall completing the enclosure of the stage.

My guess: when the audience and the actors connect beyond just the level of sight, sound, etc. Play-goers are touched on an emotional level, feel like what they are watching is real.

Or something like that.