The Actor and the Audience
【 paragraph 1 】
Actors, even when they are well rehearsed, can never fully anticipate how well they will perform before an actual audience. The actor who has been brilliant in rehearsal can crumble before an audience and completely lose the "edge" of his or her performance in the face of stage fright and apprehension. The presence of an audience can affect performance in other ways as well. Or-and this is more likely-an actor who seemed fairly unexciting at rehearsal can suddenly take fire and dazzle the audience with unexpected energy, subtlety, and depth. One celebrated example of this phenomenon was achieved by Lee J Cobb in the original production of Arthur Miller1 s Death of a Salesman, in which Cobb had the title role. Roles rehearsed in all solemnity can suddenly turn comical in performance; conversely, roles developed for comic potential in rehearsal may be received soberly by an audience and lose their comedic aspect entirely-
1. The word “celebrated” in the passage is closest in meaning to
2. Which of the following can be inferred from paragraph 1 about Lee J Cobb's performance in Death of a Salesman?
A.His performance showed that an actor can change the nature of a role intended to be serious to a comic role.
B.His performance before the live audience probably would have been different if there had been more time spent on rehearsal.
C.Those who had observed his acting of the part in rehearsal were unprepared for the quality of his performance before a live audience
D.His way of presenting the main character in the original production of the play became the usual way that character was portrayed in later productions.
3. The author uses the word “conversely” to indicate that what follows the word is
A.in addition to what was stated before this word
B.the reverse of what was stated before this word
C.worse than what was stated before this word
D.another example of what was stated before this word