TRDA Production Critique II

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Unformatted text preview: Corey Cohen Corey Cohen Little Shop of Horrors Critique Professor Keady 11/09/09 Corey Cohen Little Shop of Horrors was a joint production by The George Washington Universitys Theatre Department and Department of Music in November of 2009. It occurred during MainStage Season, in which GWs talent is showcased in the Marvin Center. GW faculty member and independent screenwriter Elizabeth Kitsos-Kang directed the musical. All facets of the performance tied together very nicely, earning it an 8 out of 10. I attended the performance on November 1 st , a Sunday afternoon. The plot of this performance was simple. A struggling flower business owned by Mr. Mushnik began to display an obscure plant in its window at the request of Seymour, the plays anti-hero. Seymour tends to the plant while several conflicts unfold before his eyes. For one his character autobiography indicates that he was an orphan as a child until taken under the wings of Mr. Mushnik. This probably assisted in his awkward demeanor that was present throughout much of the performance. Secondly, he desires success and feels unwanted without it. He feels affection towards Audrey but it is not reciprocated until much later in the performance. All of this is happening while his plant grows and grows, only acquiring its proper nutrients with the assistance of human blood. All of these elements are captured through Seymours interactions with Audreys boyfriend, Mr. Mushnik, the press that covers him and the plant, and with himself. For starters, the set was incredible. There is a sliding door that appears like a street when it is closed, only to reveal the inside of the flower shop when it is opened up. The appearance was terrific. It was well painted when it was closed and the ease at which the door slid was great for transitions in and out of different scenes. The flower shop too was well done throughout the play. At first, the store was decrepit. Corey Cohen But as the plant drew in more customers and business was booming it transitioned to a pretty little store. Countertops were replaced, fixtures on the wall were better placed and nicer, and more telephones were added to compliment this transition. On each side of the thrust stage were spots for exiting and entering the performance. Each was a door, which I thought worked nicely for the play. On one of those sides was a stoop with a door that characters moved in and out of. At the top of the scenery was where the band performed. Considering there was not an orchestra pit in this theater I think having them up top was the best place for them. The audience was capable of feeling their presence without it being too intrusive....
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This note was uploaded on 10/13/2010 for the course TA 001 taught by Professor Keady during the Spring '10 term at GWU.

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