I liked that Paula Vogel did not hold back and let all of the emotions of the play loose. I am anticipating that I will enjoy the play. I personally think I would like it more if the characters were portrayed by only people rather that people holding puppets, but they have too much symbolic meaning to be left out. I think the puppets are meant to resemble the fact that we really have no control over our own lives as children. The release of the real people from the puppets into adults symbolizes the freedom from their
Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II’s musical Show Boat is revolutionary for being one of the first integrated musicals and for addressing social issues. The first act of Show Boat relies on stereotypes for its black characters, but at least they are present. Not only that, but some of the main characters are black and have the opportunity to draw attention to the struggles they face. The presentation of a character who is only later revealed to mixed race after she has been characterized positively challenges audience members’ attitudes toward and expectations of black people. However, despite the musical’s strengths, it “has long been understood as dramatically weak, lacking an adequate or convincing second act” (Knapp 185).
At some point in our lives we experience troubling times, whether it 's a minor problem or a major one. Some of us have experienced things we cannot even begin to imagine. Two people who have experienced troubling times are Elie Wiesel, in Night, and Jeanne Wakatsuki, in Farewell to Manzanar. Both of them have gone through terrible, unimaginable journeys but lived in different conditions.
The black box theater is a very intimate setting to begin with, and as I took my seat in the theater, I felt that intimacy. The theater was dark, and the audience was virtually silent before the production began. As I sat waiting for the performance to begin, I took in the lighting, the props, and the set as a whole, and I began to feel as if I were sitting just at the edge of a different time period. The design element that stood out most to me was the lighting of the river because the gobos and the selection of down lights made the river come to life, almost as if it was another character in this production. I was definitely drawn into the world of this play due to the intimacy of the black box theater and the lighting design of the
The novel Night by “Ellie Wiesel” is a survivor 's story of his experiences in the Holocaust. It covers his life before and during the concentration camps. In these times the path was not always straight and the overwhelming circumstances caused people to make decisions that were rushed or insensible. People got caught up in disbelief and chose not to take action where action would have saved their lives. These opportunities presented were missed or brushed aside and caused the death of thousands of people. Ellie and his family are no exception. The Weisel family missed many opportunities that could have altered the course of their lives.
The negative perceptions about Africa continued to persist in the 20th century and in the 1960’s Trevor Roper, an Oxford Professor cited that there was nothing worth of any value to be termed as African History. He further stated that what existed was only, “the history of the Europeans in
Now the son 's neglectful attitude towards his father has returned to haunt him. The son finally sees the amount of work it takes to raise a family. He learns how hard life really is, and he understands why he should have respected and admired his father long ago. His father went about his everyday duties quietly, never asking for anything in return.
In the mid-nineteenth century, a girl named Ni-bo-wi-se-gwe (Oona) was born in pitch darkness in the middle of the day when the sun and moon crossed paths. The book Night Flying Woman by Ignatia Broker is the biography of Broker’s great-great-grandmother, Oona. It describes Oona’s life through what Broker has learned from her grandparents when they passed down the stories. In the book, one of the main themes is passing traditions on. I chose this theme because, in the book, passing traditions on is a major part of the characters’ culture. Passing traditions on is a practice that is important to many cultures and it effectively connects generations of people through experiences and stories.
It touches on a true story that has been overlooked throughout history, and needs to be shown in the spotlight more. For Melanie Marnich & Sally J. Robertson to present a topic of how a group of women stood up for their rights without being silent, is something that should remind women of all ages no matter who you are and where you come from, you have a voice to be heard. These Shining Lives is another excellent play that I have been able to watch from beginning to end. I definitely recommend this play for women ages 13 and over, if you love theatre or just interested in history, in
In chapters 4 to 6 in the novel, “Night”, Elie Wiesel and his father continue to suffer in the grasp of the Germans. Eventually, all the Jews are moved to a new work camp, Buna, where they are overworked and undernourished, and resort to killing each other for pieces of bread.
European colonialism in Africa was a violent process of exploitation and dominance in the political, social, and cultural sphere of native society. Pop culture music and dance are dynamic social products that provide insight into the shifting sociocultural formations of a society. Through this analysis of pop culture I will discuss the classist social hierarchies established by colonialism and defined power by proximity to whiteness. I will explore native actors’ response to colonial social hierarchies in their alliances or resistance to colonialism and their influence on music and dance styles. Finally, we will evaluate ways in which music and dance are forms of resistance that challenge the status quo in colonial societies.
Loren Eiseley explores the theme of the journey of dark descent in collection of essays called The Night Country, particularly in his essay titled “The Places Below.” Along with this comes the imagery of darkness, of “the night country,” which gives the volume its title and unifying theme. The “night country” into which people descend is described as a series of dark caves, tunnels, labyrinths, tombs, basements, and hidden passages by Eiseley. Per Eiseley, we will be drawn to the darkness because:
The father, Carlos, was a respected doctor in his home country but he was forced to flee with his family to the United States when his attempt to overthrow the dictator become known with the secret police. They moved to New York and the father had trouble accepting the fact that his daughters would mature and adapt into
The productions of this play were successful through stage design, lighting crewing, and acting. Those three aspects made the quality of the play stand out to me, as an audience member. The production of the set design of the play was a good effort. The set design for the play staging aims for the sweet spot between feeding adult nostalgia and satisfying a new generation of children.
People do not view Africa as a great world power due to its history of slaves and poverty. Africa will become a great nation like it was before the peace broken by European powers. Africa will return to its natural roots being free from violence and discrimination. The poem, Africa, relates to the harass of Africans and African-Americans being seen as a lower class even in modern time. This poem repeats in America with black injustice crimes, ripping black culture to modernized.