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  • Opening Note On Mommy And Daddy
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    "The Sandbox" is a three character play, one act play written by Edward Albee in 1928. Through this one-act play, Edward Albee has extended the allegory; his characters not only exist as symbols, but are more than vaguely aware of themselves as such. As caricatures rather than characters, they maintain a consciousness of their presence on stage as well as the stereotypical rules and emotions they are meant to display. Specifically through Mommy and Daddy's vacant and immediate shifts to "appropr...
  • John And Carol
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    Oleanna by David Mamet The Birmingham Stage Company, directed by John Harrison. The Old Rep Theatre, Wednesday September 29th The Birmingham Stage Company is the resident company of the Old Rep Theatre. Its patrons are Sir Derek Jacobi and Paul Scofield. The company is unfounded and relies mainly on box office income. Company productions include Speed-The-Plow by David Mamet, The Crucible by Arthur Miller and The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams. The present production by The Birmingham Sta...
  • Of Miller's Other Plays
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    Arthur Miller's A View from the Bridge is a modern tragedy set in 1950's Brooklyn about a man's obsession with his niece, and what that obsession ultimately brings about. Eddie Carbone, the protagonist of the play also happens to be the antagonist, because he ultimately is fighting against himself with his desires for his niece. I believe that this play was very predictable from the start; this is why I really did not enjoy it all that much. A View from the Bridge had some interesting parts but ...
  • Three Plays In The Trilogy
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    Agamemnon is the first play in a trilogy, the Oresteia, which is considered Aeschylus' greatest work, and perhaps the greatest Greek tragedy. Of the three plays in the trilogy, Agamemnon contains the strongest command of both language and characterization. The poetry is magnificent and moving, and major and minor characters alike are skillfully portrayed. The play's mood carries a heavy sense of impending doom: from the Watchman's opening speech through the Chorus' foreboding words and Cassandra...
  • Speech Act By Jaques
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    In William Shakespeare's As You Like It the speech act is introduced and helps to create a unique insight into the play and its events. Shakespeare integrates a speech act by Jaques to deliver a deeper meaning and lesson to the audience or reader of the work. Jaques in his speech act conveys a message with a much deeper meaning and teaching to society in general. The speech act rendered by Jaques addresses the themes of satire, philosophy, and the ages of man. Jaques starts his speech act by sta...
  • Second Act
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    Wilder's passionate plea in the play is to appreciate every moment of every day, for life is a fleeting thing. With troubles rapidly expanding in Europe and war becoming a looming reality, people were inundated with the negative aspects of life. To see Our Town was to escape from the negative and rejoice in the ordinary; it reaffirmed faith in the unchanging moral values of small town living. It was obviously the balm that audiences needed in the midst of a pessimistic and changing world. Throug...
  • Very Humorous Play
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    Play write-ups Hard Candy by: Jonathan Rand Hard Candy is a one act comedy about hiring practices for Banff Enterprises. It is set in the offices of employment at Banff Enterprises. The interesting part of the play is that every character that applies and gets hired takes over the job of the previous interviewer. I found it to be a very humorous play that deals with interviewing tactics and inter-office dilemmas. The only real main character is Linda the secretary who is the only continuing char...
  • Romance And The First Three Acts
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    The Winter's Tale: The Tragedy Within A Romance In 1623, the complete works of Shakespeare were published in the First Folio. Within this Folio were the works of Shakespeare categorized by their genre. There were tragedies, histories, comedies, and the final four were romances. Prior to this time, romance was not a widespread genre in anyone's writings. We can see by means of the 'genealogy' of writing, that the romance we know today was created through the combination of the Greek novels and Sh...
  • Evil Female Character In The Play
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    Moliere's "The Imaginary Invalid" is a farcical play about a hypochondriac who is so obsessed with his health and money that he ends up neglecting his family. The story involves several different themes and plots within one family. A new interpretation of this 17th century play is now being performed at the Arts Club Theater; it incorporates some new changes and modernizations in addition to the traditional improvisation. Morris Panych has definitely succeeded in delivering a new, more comical v...
  • Rehearsals For The Play
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    In this play I played the role of Lord Loam. An old man in his early 70's with little clue of how to survive in the real world. When we had rehearsals for the play I wanted a good part. When I found out I was too play an old man I tried very hard to put on the voice of an old man. As this was set in the period of the early 20th century, I knew it had to be a posh sounding voice. This put a bit of stress on my voice, but I knew I would get used to it. The genre of the play was a fantasy comedy. T...
  • Inspector's Last Speech In Act 3
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    Can a simple inspection turn people's minds around? Well, Inspector Goole certainly turned the Birling's mind around, by inspecting them one by one. During his inspection we see the effect he has on the play. He represents Priestley's central themes, and sends a message to the audience, stating that everything we do or say can affect other people's lives. And by his mysterious appearance we are able to see that he plays an important role in the play. The Inspector helps moves the story forward. ...
  • Town Of The Play
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    In a New York Times review of Thorton Wilder's play, Our Town, reviewer Brooks Atkinson proclaimed that Mr. Wilder has transmuted the simple events of human life into universal reveries (Atkinson 119). Our Town can certainly be considered an example of the universality of time, social history, and religious ideals. Thorton Wilder was born in 1897. He was interested in the theater since his childhood. By the time he entered Oberlin College in 1915 he had already written three short plays, or thre...
  • Coriolanus Act 5
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    Shakespeare Coriolanus Journal 1'I sin in envying his nobility; And were I any thing but what I am, I would wish me only he. Aufidius-Act 1 sc. 1 page 230 I think this quote describes the love of Coriolanus. Coriolanus longs to encounter Aufidius man-to-man. Aufidius, on his end, welcomes Coriolanus to his side He goes so far as to say that his passion for Coriolanus is as great as his love for the 'maid I married'. Whether Aufidius loves Coriolanus in this passionate sense is problematical. But...
  • Claudius Room
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    I have continued to fool King Claudius, Gertrude, and the rest of the royal family. They still believe I am mad and this should help me to find out for sure if Claudius is indeed guilty or I have seen a devil ghost. When Ophilia came to me, saying she had some things to return, it enraged me. I told her that I had never loved her and that there are no male figures that will ever love a woman truly, but that they think only of themselves and are liars. Claudius has agreed to watch the play that I...
  • Removing The First Act Of Othello
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    William Shakespeare's Othello is a tragic play consisting of five acts. Although each act is not of equal importance, each serves a distinct role that affects the quality of the play in its entirety. Removing any act would therefore greatly diminish the final product of this play; consequently, reducing the play's appeal to the audience. Since Act I satisfies several essential purposes, removing it would be a mistake. Ultimately, we would no longer be seeing Othello the way Shakespeare had inten...
  • Lighting In The Play
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    This play was the resounding voice of the dead. The direction of the play closely followed the original direction of the script. By that I mean that the unity of the play was contingent on the premise of the original writer. I believe that the director of this play was trying to uphold the message that Irwin Shaw first presented with this play. The play was directed very well. It seemed that it drove the intended message home well, which in this case I would consider an appreciative success. The...
  • Pervades The Final Act Of The Play
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    A Midsummer Night's Dream Essay "Discuss the range of comedic devices Shakespeare has used to achieve humour in the play". Today's audience may not see the humour that appealed to the Elizabethan audience Shakespeare was writing for. That doesn't mean that it isn't there and that doesn't mean the play cannot be, or isn't funny. The devices of humour Shakespeare did use include mistaken identity, slapstick comedy, and the sense of the ridiculous in human behaviour. The mistaken identity and mispl...
  • Lysander And Hermia
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    In Shakespeare's, MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM, he wrote about a tragedy that he turned into a comedy. He did this to show his audience how stupid humans can act upon their emotions. There are three plots that tie together with one main situation. There is Hermia and Lysander, two star crossed lovers that can't be together. Hermia's father wants her to marry Demetrius who Hermia's best friend Helena loves. Demetrius loves Hermia and try's to pursue her. Then there is Oberon and Titania the King and Q...
  • Romance Between Leontes And Hermione
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    Romance and Tragedy in The Winter's Tale Five works Cited In The Winter's Tale, the line between romance and tragedy runs thin and almost blends together. The romantic ending would not be possible without the tragic beginning. For example, how could the romance between Leontes and Hermione take place in the end without the almost tragic mistake that Leontes makes in the first three acts of the play? Specific characters are responsible for the way the play turns out, with or without the help of t...
  • Our Play At The End Of Act
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    TASK 4: The ESSAY For the last two terms (semester 1) we have been studying the play "The Crucible" written by Arthur Miller in 1952. Then the following year 1953, Arthur Miller's play "The Crucible" ran on Broadway at the Martin Beck. Despite being a box office success and acclaimed by critics and audiences alike, it was considered second-best to his prior "Death of a Salesman."The Crucible" the play was based and set on actual events that took place in Salem, Massachusetts in 1692. Our class p...

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