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Bill Irwin's Old Hats: Scene Analysis

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For this assignment, I have decided to discuss some of the design processes in Bill Irwin’s clownish farce, Old Hats. The musical clown show displays two men making fun of some of the most serious things in everyday life. The scenes I want to really examine the design process of are the scene with the clowns fighting over the remote control and the scene where the two politicians try to outdo each other for a vote. Both of theses scenes represent humor in mocking the ordinary. The first scene is the scene where the clowns are fighting over the remote control. This scene starts by both of the men being covered in light. Then the light starts staying with one clown and not the other, so that clown pulls out a light remote. Not to be outdone,…show more content…
The scene starts out with the two politicians behind their own podium with an arrow behind them letting them know if the are getting votes or not. The clowns start pulling out ridiculous props, such as a flag tie and an eagle, to get votes. Next they start trying to actively campaign with the audience by shaking hands, giving hugs, and kissing babies. After they push that to the limit the clowns show that they are wearing bras and wave the gay pride flag to get easy votes. They finish they scene in a fist fight. The most important design process in this scene is definitely costumes. The clowns are wearing plaid suits, obnoxious wigs, and lisps in their teeth to represent the average politician. These costumes also play of the farce’s theme by making fun of the people they are acting out. They are playing on the stereotype of the american politician to get the audience’s laughter. Overall, this farce is an excellent example of how to use the design process. The first scene I choose to examine highlights the design process of lighting. The second scene explains the importance of costume design. Even though only two examples are listed in this paper, the play as a whole has multiple examples of these two design principles, as well as multiple
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