Reality really lived is often experienced as slightly ‘surreal’, somewhat exceeding our expectations due to its overwhelming immediacy, and this especially so during significant events. On the other hand. . .
. . . as audience members, our distance from what is taking place is a pure fact we take for granted. It could be argued that it is only when reality is made into something of a play before our eyes that we have a chance to see clearly what it is, without the surreal edge.
In other words, the play is ‘just’ the play, and reality is reality, because reality has one thing more which the mere performance is missing: that overwhelming sense of the fantastic.