"Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly, and applying the wrong remedies."
~ Groucho Marx
What is the one thing you need in order to call something "theater"? A stage? An actor? Costumes? Lights? A concession stand? No. The one thing you need for theater to be theater is an audience. And in last night's presidential debate, Donald Trump had that in spades.
As the performance artist, Trump used interruptions, deflections, and accusations to turn his audience's eyes toward his opponent. Every time he said "Hunter Biden", an audience member would feel persuaded to turn their attention to Joe Biden to see his reaction. Every time Trump interrupted, he maintained his position of the protagonist. And every time he deflected, he manipulated the attentions of millions to change their focus. What a brilliant display of political theater.
Unfortunately, a grotesque display of mankind.