The show’s over. But you’re still here.
“...A game that you can’t miss” — CreepyGaming
Encore is about the experience of being in the audience at the end of the show.
It is about the feeling of applauding a performance hoping for something more. It is about the feeling of being at the mercy of the whim and mood of the performer. It is about the feeling of communal joy and appreciation, while being held by a helpless hope for something more. It is about applauding not just for what came before, but what you hope comes after. It’s applauding hoping to delay the inevitable end — stepping through the Exit, once and for all.
It’s only about applauding and waiting for something that may or may never happen.