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Ward 1 Hannah Ward Professor Wivagg The Boston Theater Scene 01 October 2019 “The Purists” Review This past Thursday I went to see “The Purists” at the Huntington Theatre Company and I thought it was entertaining, yet confusing at times. The play definitely gave me food for thought and made me really stop and think about the lessons the lessons they were teaching. The main issue/meaning that the play emphasized was how people see the genre of hip hop is seen as culture that was started in New York City and gave Afican-Americans a chance to say what was on their mind and get important topics across to people who they feel needed to hear it most. At the end of the play, the character Lamot (Morocco Omari) is talking to Mr. Bugz (Jeorge Bennett Watson) about how he believes that people who are white, such as Eminem , and people who are gay should not be rapping because they are ruining the culture and “brand” of hip hop and what the genre as a whole represents. The design, staging, and lighting really helped get this main issue across by shining the light on the person(s) talking and make you know who to turn your main attention towards. The choices were successful in creating an impact on the audience by really making sure that the main issues on race and sexuality were present in the story and also making sure that the audience understands the point they are trying to get across. The theater itself was the perfect size for the setting and story the play was telling its audience. The set
Ward 2 design, while simple, was very cool to look at and had a lot of little details in it that were fun to spot. The thing I found especially cool about the set was how they made the inside of Gerry’s (John Scurti) apartment being on the inside of the building itself, almost as if I was wearing a pair of x-ray goggles and can see inside all of the apartments. “The playwright [Dan McCabe] makes sure we see his characters whole. McCabe's comprehensively humane portraits, enhanced

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