The cast of the play are unaware of the audience, however, the audience is able to listen to dialogue that occurs throughout the theater, whether it is in the headsets between technicians, on stage between the actors playing their characters in the play and between the director and actors who make adjustments when necessary. The third fourth wall was at its edge of breaking, where the audience is almost unable to tell whether what they are experiencing is real or not. As an observer of the rehearsal of this play, this wall was broken when I understood that what I was watching was a rehersal of a play, of a rehearsal of a play. It was difficult to describe or understand when the cast of 10 out of 12 were actually in or out of character. The complexity of this play lies in the use of metatheatre, which has been exploited to its fullest extent
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
In the musical Hairspray, main character Tracy Turnblad questions whether it is righteous that blacks and white be separated on television. After auditioning and being cast onto The Corny Collins Show, a local teen dance television show, Tracy befriends Maybelle, the host of the monthly "Negro Day". Through this friendship, Tracy realizes that all humans deserve to be treated equally, and initiates a campaign for racial integration on television. Had Tracy remained at home with her prejudiced white family, and never been exposed to the blatant racial inequality behind the scenes of the show and its effect on the careers of its African American dancers, Tracey never would have realized the fault in the principle of “separate but equal.”. She would have remained narrow-minded, with a different set of values.
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Robbie Jones he plays the character Harley the rich client who Judith cheats on her husband with. There is Brandy Norwoods who play Melinda the HIV positive ex girlfriend of Harley and Ella Joyce as Sarah, and Tyler Perry the producer. I decided to give synopsis of this movie based on my perspective because I may have perceived it differently.
The first scene of the film depicting people shows Shorty (Spike Lee) in a flamboyant suit and shoes. He enters a barber shop and prepares a lye cocktail to place in Malcolm X ’s (Denzel Washington) hair. This is a painful process that burn the scalp. This scene and the following scene of Malcolm X in a similar flamboyant suit and shoes expresses the power of manipulation.
For example, at the beginning of the show Julie, who has a sliver of African blood in her, is the star of the Cotton Blossom. Then, a jealous castmember calls her out as being mixed race and condemns her husband for marrying her. The racial discrimination against the couple forces them to leave the Cotton Blossom. In the second act of the show, Julie is found in a Chicago nightclub looking like a “lady of the streets” (Jones 75). This may sound like Julie is a representation of a grueling world for people of African descent, but Hammerstein saw it as society being condemned for ruining Julie’s life (Jones 76).
The stage design gives the impression of the characters being in two separate rooms, the positioning of blocks and pillars helps again to demonstrate this. This intricate attention to detail enables the performance to be compared so similarly to the movie adaptation of Shakespeare’s classic, although the ‘big screen’ enables more room for a fast change in setting and shots, Rourke does a phenomenal job trying to create this illusion which works so brilliantly. The night before the wedding or you could refer to it as the ‘stag and hen do’ was an unexpected twist that the audience definitely did not see coming. Again, the revolving stage was used to represent the divide between the women and the men and to compensate for the lack of space that the stage could carry.
Even though, as the two start to find success in their careers their relationship starts to take a downwards spiral. The film story and location is set in a modern-day musical that is set in Los Angeles. The film was shot on location in many scenes and shot on the Warner Bros. Studios. Chazelle states it’s an homage to musicals of the 1950’s and the pictures of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. The film uses a wide range of vintage type of film making from the use of film reels rather than digital film, to the use of cinemascope and widescreen, and the use of filming in actual locations and time.
Kenny and Claire Sparks are a working-class couple living in Dayton, Texas. The Sparks have been trying to have a child for seven years, when they finally conceive, Claire automatically knows she is having a boy and names him Landon. On October 23rd 1988 when Claire was just six months pregnant when she started bleeding causing Landon to be born ten weeks early and weigh only 3lbs 5oz. Kenny visits Landon before he is airlifted to Hermann hospital when he notices a mass on his spine and know his son will not survive. Kenny is told about the life Landon will have if he survived the 2 pronged surgeries which given the severity of the lesion would be lifeless and bedridden anyway.
While both stage and screen portrayals were highly acclaimed there are some similarities as well as some marked differences in each interpretation. On the surface, the first difference noted between the stage and screen versions are the sets. The stage version describes the setting of the play, the Younger family living room, as a
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.