Anna Deavere Play Analysis

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In both the performances of Bill Irwin and Anna Deavere Smith, what theatre is and how it can be effectively used is questioned and analyzed. At it’s core, theatre is essentially a presentation given for it’s dramatic and moving qualities. Looking first to Bill Irwin, it is easily apparent within a few minutes of viewing his play that it is a comedy. Throughout the performance the narrator reads the script and all of its contextual cues meant only for the actor and for the stage setup. Bill can be seen practically sprinting throughout the play as he goes on and off stage for separate numbers. He even makes a point of changing outfits on stage. I believe by doing this, besides simply for comedic purposes, the audience is forced to truly understand

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