Theater Appreciation Notes 11

Theater Appreciation Notes 11 - Costumes: Normal clothing...

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Costumes: Normal clothing [set in modern time] o Set Garbage Cans everywhere that are moved and can spin. Actors can climb the trashcans Moving stage, sometimes the junkyard, sometimes the library, sometimes Sara’s house, sometimes the mayor’s office, sometimes a hair salon, sometimes the scientist’s lab, sometimes Henry’s house, etc. Live band o Two actors [“white guy” and the “black guy”] are different characters all the time [bullies, Sara’s friends, mayor’s goons, singing hick guy, old women, hair salon ladies, etc. o Plot: Melvin Ferd the Third lives in Tromaville, Exit 13B on the New Jersey Turnpike. He likes Sarah, the blind librarian, and learns from her about the "Good Earth Company" that pollutes the town in collusion with its mayor who also happens to be linked to the company. His attempt to clean up gets foiled by the mayor's minions who dump him into a vat of radioacive waste; he reemerges as "the Toxic Avenger" who with supernatural strength starts to attack the polluters and rips them apart. Meanwhile, Sarah who is unable to see his ghoulish appearance takes a liking to "Toxie". Events come to a head when the mayor tries to kill him by throwing bleach at him. The scheme misfires, Sarah and Toxie get married, and one year later, Toxie becomes governor of a cleaned-up State of New Jersey. . THE CASTLE: o UNUSUAL AND RARE aspects: every detail is a fact and it’s the actual people speaking o Why the Castle Works? Four individuals made a choice and then the environment could foster that choice o
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Powerful because some of the writing is cliché but its moving since its in their own words o Tax Payer is the final symbol . Betrayal o Playwright has a strong point of view about what really happens when we encounter each other (its about what’s being communicated in the silence or pauses) o Pinter Pause o See the end of the affair first o Play in the Levin Theater o Costumes: modern normal looking clothes o Set: Flashing, ticking, seizure-inducing time ticker at the top near the ceiling Two “alcohol fridges” in the front of the stage, two in the back Alcohol everywhere [drinking all the time] Moving stage [spinning] Sometimes a bed, sometimes a couch, sometimes at a hotel, sometimes at a flat, sometimes at the bar o Time went backwards o He drank whiskey, she drank wine [in the beginning of the play] o She drank vodka later o Jerry had scotch at the restaurant o Only 4 characters [husband/Robert, wife/Emma, guy who’s a slut/Jerry, waiter] o CLASS NOTES: . Director is responsible for:
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Idea: subjective, the main concept o Mood: the feeling or emotion generated from the clash of forces in the dramatic action Comedy (overall mood will be happy) Directors look at the mood of each scene, try to create sequence of moods that make sense o Tempo: changing rates or beats of the dramatic action Hal Scott-> timed his acts (tangible evidence of how things are changing) Includes transition throughout the play
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