He really made the audience believe that he was truly in love with Evalina through his expressions and the way he acted around her. I could see in the way he looked at the actress who played Evalina that he admired her and her presence. The actor who played Spunk had a very good singing voice and guitar skills. I really enjoyed watching him act as he was using his real life talents throughout the play. I did believe the characters to an extent. The dialogue was very realistic, but the way some characters delivered their lines was not adequate. On a scale of one to ten, the rating I would give the cast is an 8. The voices and overall acting was a lot better than I expected coming into the play. I cared a lot about what happened to the characters. When Spunk was fighting against Jim Bishop I did not want him to get hurt. When he came out with a wound I felt bad for him. I could also see the fear in Evalina’s eyes when she saw Spunk. The ending made me happy because I wanted Spunk and Evalina to be together and really cared for them. The choreography was blocked very well. The dances were very in sync and the positioning of the actors was successful. There was a lot of time in between scene changes and the directing did a good job of filling this time gap. When the narrator, Zora, came on stage, the actors were good at freezing in place while she spoke. I could tell that several hours and
The play was well interpreted by all whom were involved. Steven Wrentmore, the Director, kept the 1920’s feel by dressing in all 1920’s costumes and everyone spoke as if they were living at the
I was particularly struck by the acting of Gracie Sartin. Her fearless approach to so many elements of the play – whether it was being hit on the head with an ironing board, hitting another costar with the ironing board, or giving one of her characters (Villian) an accent - was incredibly interesting to watch. Despite the fact that she portrayed six different people, she embodied them so well that I did not see Gracie in them. I saw only the characters she was portraying. The other actors were also successful in that ability. I think that achievement, combined with the success of the way the time constraints were embraced, added greatly to the success of the play.
The technical aspects of the production such as scenery, properties and costumes also played a keynote in the productions success. The scenery was fabulous it truly made the play. It was very realistic and extremely vibrant. Almost the entire play was performed in one setting, except for the railcar and dance scenes. The house, the main setting, was magnificent with painstakingly placed detail in every corner. All elements in the house matched wonderfully, for example the furniture, the photos on the wall, the telephone and even the trash can. Little bits of detail were everywhere adding to the beautification of the set, for example the lace decorations on the chairs, the etched glass above the front door and even the Christmas tree.
As the curtain raised and the performance began a minimalist set was revealed; stool, chair, basket and a coat-rack. Initially, the minimalist set predicted that the play would be slow-moving, however the lack stage furniture actually focused the audience even more on the storyline, as there were few distractions. This also allowed the actors to effectively include Drama Mediums such as multiple prop. The actors
I will be honest with you I had a lot of trouble enjoying the play, like I said the dialect gave me trouble, plus my seats were not that great. I did however like the movie quite a bit, but I realize I am a product of a different generation as well. I have been brought up around TV and movies rather than plays
The visual that a play presents is a dominating factor in the quest to invite an audience member into a world of which they feel a part. In a play such as Bus Stop by William Inge, this is especially important because Grace’s Diner plays a primary role in the storytelling. Inge’s use of the iconic American diner to tell his story is ingenious. Simply setting eyes on the set inevitably evokes pleasant feelings of familiarity and comfort in the minds of most audience members. A diner is a place where people gather; a place where individuals from different backgrounds share a similar experience. Inge crafted his characters meticulously in order to create contrast, conflict, and chemistry that would drive the plot through the forced
Seeing the performance live was great. There were many different aspects that would not have been seen if the play was read. Something unique about the performance was the stage directions and Acts/scenes being set up by the characters. Also, the characters were introduced by other characters. This aspect was a great addition to the performance, the audience was introduced to what was going on rather than jumping into the performance. The Diner was spectacular and very detailed, it brought to life the set. The cast only consisted of one woman, similar to August Wilson play Fences. This is interesting because there are many different perspectives of African American men, but only one perspective of the African American woman. This can hinder
I found the play to be far superior in comparison to the original film version as the movie's writing glorified modern American consumerism. A post war financial boom brought a great amount of advertising and promotion, and the movie was overflowing with blatant celebration of products. The presence of sexism as well of the obvious lack of racially diverse main characters, was a big problem for me in my terms of likability of the movie. The play was able to strip itself of the gaudiness/lack of diversity and that left room for a brilliantly crafted sub-plot with a well rounded cast and smartly written script.
The setting and lighting was appropriate for the situation, the set and lighting designer adequately presented the scene and made the audience feels as if it was actually night time. The costumes for the play were similar to the ones in the movie, and from the time period 1930’s when the great depression was taking place. The costumes provided an interesting perspective and caught the watchers eye. I didn’t notice the hair and makeup aspects of the play other than Dill Harris’ and Scouts. The overall sound component was consistent, I think that it was easy to hear at all times: However, the sound effects could have been better, they sounded very unrealistic. The fight choreography could’ve used a little improvement, but it didn’t draw away from the play as a whole.
The play was well interpreted by all whom were involved. Steven Wrentmore, the Director, kept the 1920’s feel by dressing in all 1920’s costumes and everyone spoke as if they were living at
I knew the actors could show their sense of comedy and wit from the first play and I was eager to see how they would carry out the dismal aspects this show. This production was a drastic change in the cast’s acting abilities, but they presented the production extraordinarily well. This was the first live production of the written story I have seen and I have faith that they did a superb job at depicting the insanity that Robert Louis
In regards to the actors and their acting, I found myself with an abundance of mixed reviews. Keeping in mind that this was their first viewing with an audience I can understand that this performance differs from what is currently being preformed; as is the thing with live theatre. Beginning with the eldest brother, the character Anthony was played by actor Carlo Mestroni. I found that this actor most definitely did not struggle
The set was very simple so it didn’t distract from the characters. There were only a few set pieces that went in the middle of the stage so the set was mainly the backdrop, which was really pretty and had a cool design. The lighting was cool. I really liked the first scene when it was dark and there was smoke. It set up the eerie theme in the play. Although it was live, everything ran smoothly and if anyone messed up, they played it off really well. The actors were great. They all fit their role perfectly and played their part well. I think there was a good audience. We all laughed and clapped when we were supposed to.
The actors in the play were very remarkable and true to their roles. Each actor was cohesive in portraying realistic and natural emotions as well as humor in the play. There was a particular scene in the play that was very emotional, causing me to tear up. In this scene, Gladys is sitting in her kitchen crying, feeling lost and confused about her own existence. Not only was this scene emotionally touching, but it helps the audience to connect with the characters on an emotional level. The comedy in the play consisted of satire and was effective in keeping the audience interested and entertained throughout the play, with lots of laughter. The acting certainly contributed to the goal of the play, making it a successful