Dear Constant Reader,
Happy Friday! Here’s your tip!
If you’re using a mirror on stage, treat the glass so the lights don’t glare off it.
Not only is the light reflecting off a mirror distracting, it might hit an audience member. A good temporary solution is to spritz the mirror with hairspray. It’s quick, it’s easy, it’s something we all carry, and it washes right off. A theatre trick is to spray the mirror (or glass) with diluted soda. You can also buy theatrical anti-glare spray, but I don’t see the need for that.
For a permanent solution, if your mirror is a dedicated prop, is to use some silvery paint. It will still look shiny, but you won’t get the reflections. Or, if it’s easy to remove the mirror from the frame, you can replace it with something else silvery (and non-breakable).
Photo is my vintage mermaid hand mirror without any glass treatment. I probably should have hairsprayed it and then taken another.
Like this tip? There are lots more in Miss Mina Murray’s Little Book of Better Burlesque.