Angel Street Play Analysis

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Angel Street (Gaslight) Review
All throughout October and a week into November, the Loretto Hilton’s Repertory Theatre decided to perform Angel Street (Gaslight), a classic play set in the late 1800’s about a husband and a somewhat “delusional” wife who is paranoid about what goes on at night. The play first entered the stage in 1938, and the people I saw in the audience Sunday afternoon were probably just as old as the play itself.
The play started off with a man named Jack Manningham (Clark Scott Carmichael) and his wife Bella Manningham (Janie Brookshire). Brookshire’s accent started off a little shaky, but it was overshadowed by the amazing performance she put on that reflected Belle’s increasing paranoia throughout the play. Carmichael
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However, the people who were working backstage did an excellent job. There seemed to be a great deal of responsibility put on the lights crew, since the whole play surrounded the idea of the dimming and brightening of gaslights, but they timed it so perfectly that they almost made it look effortless. The costumes were simple Downton Abbey-esque, and since there were no mics not much attention was placed on the sound crew. The set though is what made this show watchable. At first, it looked flat, but very detailed scenery. But to everyone’s surprise, the scene had a much more than it led on. When Carmichael exited through a door, it seemed as though he left the stage completely; it was then revealed that the one dimensional wall was not a wall at all, but rather a scrim. When a light was placed behind this faux wall, it turned transparent and revealed new scenery that looked like a completely separate room. It wasn’t until Act 2 when the audience find out that the set was actually three stories tall. All the credit can be given to Wilson Chin, the Scenic Designer, who did an amazing job of creating something that I have never seen before in theater.
Though most of the actors did an alright job and the crew did marvelous, the storyline wasn’t as suspenseful or intense as it should have been. Maybe in the 1940’s when the play first started out, it was the perfect pace for people growing
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