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Theatre 109 3/03/08 The Secret Rapture The Secret Rapture is a play that shows the consequences that too much ambition will bring to a family. The play is written and presented in a realist way as the events that occur in the play could feasibly happen to anyone regardless of location or time period and are not by any means outlandish or exaggerative. The Secret Rapture is set in England during the 1980’s. It presented a narrative that was simultaneously straightforward and relatable. It had well-defined characters, conflict and resolution. Unfortunately I found myself bored and constantly checking my watch 30 minutes into this play. As The Secret Rapture is set in England the American actors in the production had to maintain a British accent. Regrettably this did not work well in this production as the accents of all of the performers felt as if they were being forced too much. It seemed as though the performers were talking faster than normal, which in turn caused me to misunderstand or simply miss much of the dialogue. This made the play hard to follow, as most of it relies on the words spoken by the performers to carry the narrative, explain motives and understand what is going on with the characters. This is not to say that the performances were not good, in fact they were all excellent. I was especially impressed in the scenes in which Katherine cried, or when Isobel and Irwin had emotional outbursts which were very well performed and convincing. It should also be noted that my lack of interested in this particular production is not related to the fact that it was on simple and on the smaller scale. I have seen a number
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of smaller productions that were thought provoking and enjoyable. Although The Secret Rapture had good acting and a well written storyline the fact that the actors were
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This note was uploaded on 04/12/2008 for the course THTR 109 taught by Professor Graham-white during the Spring '08 term at Ill. Chicago.

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Theater Paper - Theatre 109 3/03/08 The Secret Rapture and...

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