All of the actors were believable and had great articulation and volume. Each character was great but there were only two who stood out from among the rest, Naz Edwards and Bryan Lark. Naz never lost her character. She stayed committed throughout her entire performance. The amount of dedication she gives to her craft is amazing and it shows throughout the play. Naz Edwards is a New York actress. She has performed on and off Broadway, in tours and regionally across the United States and Canada. Naz had arguably the hardest role in the entire play. She never cracked a smile, or never allowed her face to show any sympathy for anyone else. Bryan Lark, an up and coming actor gave the audience much needed laughter throughout the play. With this being only his second play with the Performance Network Theatre he did a fantastic job. Bryan and Naz were great assets to the
In the novel Everlost, Allie is the main protagonist. She is a strong-willed, goal oriented girl who takes risks living her afterlife in Everlost which shows that any problems she encounters will not stop her from doing what she needs to do. Allie is a bit strong-headed but also very independent although, her choices may never be the best. Her main goal is to find a way out of the limbo world between life and death known as Everlost to “get where you’re meant to go”.
The contemporary classic novel Speak, profounds a girl, Melinda Sordino, entering freshman year at Merryweather High School in Syracuse, New York, with a heavy secret weighing on her. Unlike regular students, Melinda isolates herself from the society after a devastating event that she had experienced. Through her perspective, we enter
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When you think of a good life you definitely don’t think of Max Vandenburg. Max was a good Jewish man, he was just on a rough path. In his time staying with the Hubermanns, Max did change into a new person.
Jimmy knows too well the agonies of abandonment. First, when his mother, Cecilia, ran away with Richard to pursue a better lifestyle. Then, due to his father’s, Damacio Baca, alcoholisms and violent behavior; he also had to leave Jimmy behind. In spite of the drawbacks from abandonment to being a maximum security prisoner in Arizona State Prison, Jimmy preserver’s the darkness of prison by overcoming his illiteracy. However Cecilia and Damacio is not as fortunate as their child; Cecilia is shot by Richard after confronting him for a divorce and Damacio chokes to death after he is released from the detox center(Baca 263). Therefore the most significant event in this section of the memoir, A Place to Stand by Jimmy Santiago Baca is the death of Jimmy’s parents.
In “Romeo and Juliet” by Shakespeare, Tybalt says “This, by his voice, should be a Montague./Fetch me my rapier, boy” (1.V.71-72). Like the quote shows, Tybalt always made abrupt decisions that were for the worse of things in every situation he faced. Tybalt was one of the most feared Capulets because he always looked how he could turn any altercation into a violent one. He did not care for others but cared mainly for his ego.
In Toni Morrison's short story "Recitatif", the story revolves around two girls, one white and the other black, and how their social status affects their way of life. The narrator, Twyla, has five significant instances in her life where she is in a setting with her childhood best friend, Roberta. When they first met at the orphanage, they disliked each other, but because both of them still had a parent to their name, they were seen as social outcasts to the other children of their orphanage. Through their social disgrace they became friends and helped each other out. As they grew up, their lives were distinctly different with Twyla living the life of a lower-middle class citizen while Roberta was living a lavish lifestyle, creating conflict between the two. In the end, there is a slight sense of reconcilement in that they clear up a misunderstanding of their past, but there is an open question to what had happened to an element of their past.
Impending Reality In John Updike’s short story “A & P”, a dynamic and round character expresses his subjective attitude towards his views, a plot twist causes him to realize his future. Sammy an opinionated cashier at A & P grocery store does not agree with his Lengel, his manager after he
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Billy Elliot Billy Elliot was a story of adversity and struggle. It follows a young boy who becomes a great success at ballet after he starts attending dance classes instead of his boxing classes. The play uses parallel storylines of the struggle for coal mine workers’ rights and Billy’s struggle to
Toni Morrison’s short story, “Recitatif” is about two young girls, named Twyla and Roberta, who grow up in an Orphanage because their mothers were in no condition to properly take care of them. The main theme in the “Recitatif” is concentrating on racism. A very mind- grabbing event in the story is how the author never tells the race of the two girls. Morrison leaves class codes but not racial codes, as in the story Twyla states, “ It was one thing to be taken out of your own bed early in the mornings—it was something else to be stuck in a strange place with a girl from a whole other race” (pg 201) , even the girls do not mention which race the other is. Recitatif is a great story as it plays with the reader’s emotions and effectively makes the reader aware of the stereotypes and each races characteristics.
The main protagonist in Unwind is Connor Lassiter, a sixteen year old rebel who found his unwind order form when looking for a stapler in his dad office. Connor was a rebellious teenager who got into fights with his parents and at school. He is stubborn, impulsive, and very easily angered, which means he often loses his temper. He has three emergency modes, while most people have two. Fight or Flight. Connors has fight, flight, or screw up royally. As the stores progress Connor becomes more rational and is able to control his anger, of course this is with the help of Risa. Now in the whole series the main antagonist is the whole idea of being unwound. However each book has their own antagonist other than being unwound, in Unwind its Roland Taggart. When Roland and Connor first meet they both have a mutual dislike for one another. Roland is very similar to Connor in the sense that they were both troublemaker, expect Roland was much worse than Connor. Roland was sent to be unwound because he beat up his stepdad for beating up his mom, which in turn his mom sided with the stepdad. Roland puts up a tough front but he is just as scared as everyone else when it comes to being unwinding.
The author of Recitatif, Toni Morrison, is an acclaimed writer known for her fictional stories and her explorations within the black community. Receiving the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1993 was one of her most acclaimed accomplishments. Morrison’s American Midwest family had an unfathomable appreciation and love for black culture and showed this through there many traditions and storytelling. Recitatif, a fictional short story, was written in 1983.
The main characters of the play, Hannah and Martin, had strong and successful performances in terms of their body movements, chemistry, and portrayal of their characters. Ali Basalyga, the actress portraying Hannah, was excellent in demonstrating Hannah’s transition from an awkward, shy, and self-conscious young girl in the beginning of the play, to becoming dominant and powerful at the end of the play. While most of the actors did their characters justice, there were some minor faults that seemed to stick out like sore thumbs. In terms of vocal quality and articulation, for example, Basalyga definitely stuck out--her occasional fast speech and slurred words caused sentences to pass, unheard by the audience. Had she spoken slower at times, her role would have been more understandable and therefore, more powerful. I have seen other plays in the past, “The Glass Menagerie”, for example, in which Basalyga also portrayed the main character, and again, articulation proved to a problem for her. One character that did not add to the success of the production was Gertrude Jaspers, portrayed by Emily Paparazzo. Paparazzo’s soft tone of voice and perceived shyness to be on stage, made it virtually impossible to hear what she was saying for minutes at a time. Her movements on stage were awkward and