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  • Next Line
    387 words
    "The Lion in Winter" was performed on Saturday November 22nd was not as good as I thought it was going to be. The set was a great design and looked as it should for the time period. However, I didn't like how scenes were changed. The set should have been designed to encompass more aspects of the scene structure. There was a lot of unnecessary movement on stage when there shouldn't have been. Stage hands should not be seen or heard. Maybe the curtains could have been drawn for some of their work....
  • Our Town Steps On Stage
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    Thornton Wilder's wrote Our Town in contrast to many other plays. Wilder's objectives in writing the play oppose those of traditional drama. The character known as the "Stage Manager" plays many roles not seen in traditional plays. In addition, the way in which the setting is acknowledged is unique. Our Town does not follow the norms that other plays have established. In most conventional plays, the goal is for the audience to become so absorbed in the production that they forget they are watchi...
  • Plays Of Modern Theatre
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    Through the centuries, the conventions of drama have been altered in many different ways. These conventions are the setting, plot, characters and staging. The main factor which has been a dominant force during the changes of conventions has been the society. The society present during the time in which a play was written had a direct influence on the plot and characters. This is because drama is defined as a representation of life. Four plays which have been selected from Greek, Elizabethan, Res...
  • Theatre In The Nineteenth Century
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    The nineteenth century was a very important time in plays and playwrights throughout the world. Many playwrights were taking new directions in their plays and there were also many new playwrights taking their chances at writing great plays. Women were starting to make appearances also as playwrights in the theatre. In this paper I'm going to discuss some of the nineteenth century playwrights and what they did. Just as the eighteenth century was coming to an end, there were many political and soc...
  • Entire Play By The Stage Manager
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    Through December 5th through the 7th, I performed in Thornton Wilder's play of Our Town. The only sets or props that the actors or actresses used where folding chairs for us to sit in, umbrellas to hide Emily (Julie Dumbler), and flats on both sides of the stage to hide the people behind them. The reason for the lack of set is so the audience can use there imagination of what the town of Grover's Corner, New Hampshire looks like. All the rest of the props that the actors had to use were pan mime...
  • Audience Into Active Participants In The Play
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    Our Town: An Anti-Realistic View In his play, Our Town, the three time Pulitzer Prize winning dramatist, Thornton Wilder, uses techniques somewhat unconventional and anti-realistic compared to the works of other dramatists. Being more like a statement, the play's theme is about enjoying the simple pleasures of life and daily routines. Wilder employs many unconventional or anti-realistic ideas and techniques to further advance the play's universal theme and to incorporate audience participation. ...
  • Shakespeare's Theater
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    Globe Theater Theaters in the time of Shakespeare are quite different from those we have today. The plays had to be performed during daylight hours only and the stage scenery had to be kept very simple with just a table, a chair, a throne, and maybe a tree to symbolize a forest. What the theater today can show us visually, with intricate scenery and electric lighting, Shakespearean playgoers had to imagine. This made Shakespeare have to write in a vivid language so the audience could understand ...
  • Kabuki Adaptations Of A Bunraku Play
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    Kabuki: A Japanese Form Japan's dances and dramas as they are seen today contain 1300 years of continuous uninterrupted history. This prodigious feat of conservation, theatrically speaking, makes Japan an extraordinary and unique country. In all of Asia, where tradition generally is sanctified and change eschewed, Japan stands as the only country whose theatre is its entirety has never suffered an eclipse nor undergone any drastic revivification or renovation. The most traditional form of Japane...
  • Play On Stage
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    "Zoot Suit " Luis Valdez brought something to Chicano theater when he came up with the idea of creating a Chicano musical a form of theater that was more common for white America. As I read Zoot Suit I could not stop wondering how the play would look once it was on stage I could not picture a play that included singing and dancing after I have read all of the other play by Luis Valdez and the Teatro Campesino. I only wish that I had been lucky enough to watch the play on stage. One other thing t...
  • Important To The Actions In The Play
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    BETRAYAL The American university in Cairo Performing and Visual Arts opened its 1998 Spring Season on February 13th in Wallace Theater on campus with Harold Pinter's play, Betrayal. This play was directed by Eric Grischkat, and the costume design was made by Timaree Mc Cormack. AUC students have strongly participated in the designing, lighting, setting, directing, and in acting. These students were Noha Farouk, Shereef Bishay, Karim Bishay, Ramsi Lerner, and Alaa Shalaby. Betrayal is play that t...
  • Roles The Stage Manager
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    The Stage Manager is a man of many roles. Usually a stage manager is part of the non-acting staff and in complete charge of the bodily aspects of the production. In Thornton Wilder's Our Town, the Stage Manager goes well beyond his usual function in a play and undertakes a large role as a performer. In Our Town the Stage Manager is a narrator, moderator, philosopher, and an actor. Through these roles the Stage Manager is able to communicate the theme of universality in the play. The main role of...
  • Most Difficult Stage Plays For The Audience
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    The Tempest was one of William Shakespeare's last plays. Into it, he put his heart and his soul. The epilogue in itself carries enough emotional weight to fill an entire play. The scene where Ariel says that she would feel bad for the men trapped on the island if she were human (V. i. 20), if performed right, can be one of the most moving lines in the history of theater. The emotions in the play make the play extremely hard to perform. It is one of the most difficult stage plays for the audience...
  • Lighting And Sound Effects Of The Play
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    A New Misery Matt Joseph's version of the Misery is certainly different from what one would expect. While Stephen King's Misery gave the audience a feeling of suspense caused by silence, Joseph's Misery definitely kept the audience on the edge of their seats as the characters in the play were more aggressive and show more emotions. When I first came to watch the play, I only expected to see an amateur play with mediocre costumes and performance. Boy, was I in for my surprise. The play was perfor...
  • Play Courting Chekov Leaves Viewers
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    If a person wants to spend their evening viewing an exciting and thought-provoking play, they better veer themselves away from the play Courting Chekov. In contrast to a stimulating evening at the theatre, the play Courting Chekov leaves viewers puzzled about the theme and questioning the overall effect of the written play. Despite being somewhat of a disappointment, the elements of both lighting and set design were successful in capturing the attention of the audience and therefore allowing the...
  • Plays Of Caryl Churchill
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    Caryl Churchill is one of England's most premier females, modern playwrights. She has strived throughout her career as theatrical personality to make the world question roles, stereotypes and issues that are dealt with everyday, such as violence and political and sexual oppression. Not only has she been a strong force on the stage, but has also had strong influences with radio and television. Overall, this woman can simply be summarized to be a fascinating personality. Especially in a time where...
  • Whole Play Revolves Around The Fool
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    Accidental Death of an Anarchist Comedic plays are able to make some loud messages while avoiding being too serious. In fact, comedic plays are said to have made the loudest messages out of all genres in theatre. One fine example of a play like this is Accidental Death of an Anarchist. Written by Dario Fo, this comedic farce takes pokes at the governmental system and how police deal with criminals. It was originally performed on December 5th, 1970, but it's been rewritten twice since then so the...
  • Great Dramatic And Comedy Play
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    Tartuffe Written by Moliere. Directed by Boris Radmilovich. Presented by the Western Australian Academy of Performing arts @ ECU acting studio Date 8th of May 2002 Tartuffe was a funny exciting play starring many talented third year students of theatre. The story was about two in love people, Mariane and Valere, and the way they plot against a hypocrite who is trying to break up their family and send them broke. Tartuffe (Hypocrite) played by Damien Robertson played the character wonderfully and...
  • Several Good Performances In The Play
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    The frost was on the pumpkin; the wind was wild; and wispy streaks of gray cloud whipped past a luminous waxing Gibbous in the eastern sky. "What a perfect night", I thought as I walked into the John and Angeline Oremus Theater on November 1st to see "Dracula!" On a multi talented and gloomy set designed by Michael Nedza, director Craig Rosen and his cast and crew serve up a sexy and savvy production that is just camp enough not to scare the daylights out of any individual. The play, although no...
  • Their True Feelings
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    Alice Gerstenberg? S? Overtones? InAl ice Gerstenberg? S? Overtones? Essay, Research Paper In Alice Gerstenberg?'s? Overtones? , she presents two deceitful women, both insanely envious of the other, who meet one day over coffee. Two other actors living out their true feelings and being honest show the jealous, rude, but truthful, side of each of the women. The real women put on an act, saying or doing nothing that they actually feel towards each other; they are entirely dishonest. The play illus...
  • End Of The Play The Stage
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    The story of Doctor Faustus is a familiar myth, in which the main character sells his soul, makes a deal with the devil, for something he speciously holds more valuable. There are many versions of this story in our culture, and it would take quite a time to make note of them all. Most people will have seen or heard one of the various stories in the for of a book, play, movie, or television show. The original story of Doctor Faustus, as created by Christopher Marlow, was prevalent to society at t...

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