omg! I CAN’T
Okay, clearly I am not produced screenwriter like Ryan Murphy, so maybe I don’t have the credentials to talk about this stuff, but here’s my problem with how this scene is written:
In this scene, the stage directions tell the actors how to act. In other words, the stage direction before Artie speaks is “hurt,” so Kevin McHale is told to act hurt. Then it says “more sad than anything,” so he is told to act sad. And perhaps worst of all we have “an emotional beat. Then to cover up his emotion—”. In this direction, Kevin McHale is told not only that Artie should be emotional, but also that Artie is covering it up.
This is the problem with the writing on Glee. It is very prescriptive and does not give the actors room to do what they do best—act! When an actor approaches a script, s/he is expected to delve deeply into the mind, world, and perspective of their character, but being told to act “sad” or “hurt” completely sabotages the actor’s work by telling them how to be instead of letting them discover who their character is. Obviously, these actors are excellent or they would not have been cast. Now, Ryan Murphy needs to get out of their way and let this brilliant cast do what it does best and see where the winds of art takes the show.