k. Appearance of a character, comedic assumptions we make based off of a character or person appearance III. Elements of comedy a. Irony b. Absurdity c. Tone rhythm and pitch d. Appearances and behavior IV. Larry Shue a. Untimely death in a freak plane crash b. Two plays V. Act one (takes place in Georgia) a. Comedic Irony because the audience can assume what is going to happen b. Dark, Rain and Thunder- Foreboding c. Tone- light hearted nature and themes d. Charlie and Froggy i. Both are friends first characters in the play ii. Froggy has a history with the place and Betty iii. Charlie is not familiar with the area iv. Froggy is charismatic and serious about his job he is a military explosions expert, he destroys natural habitats for growth v. Charlie’s wife is about to die and she wanted Froggy to take him to Georgia vi. Charlie didn’t want to come, he is shy and anti social vii. Mary finds Charlie boring he proofreads fiction for facts viii. Plot device is that he can’t talk, but this gains him a personality ix. Comic Build- Charlie realizes he is boring and says his wife cheated on him 23 times x. Charlie has a fear of conversation- whole plot of the play IV. Introduction of Betty and Froggy and Charlie’s occupation a. American society has a mistrust of foreigners b. Froggy gives Betty cheap, trashy presents he brought her spoons (crappy trinkets), he makes fun of her ignorance c. Froggy convinces Charlie to pretend to be a foreigner so he doesn’t have to talk to anyone d. Betty’s property has been condemned e. Betty is fascinated by foreigners V. ACT ONE SCENE TWO a. Ellard, David, Owen, Catherine b. Ellard- dumb little kid, David wants Ellard to seem stupid to Catherine c. Catherine is pregnant with David’s child d. David makes Ellard look stupid with the apple and the candle, telling him to bring a carrot to Catherine instead of a candle e. Owen “tattoo man”, friends with David f. The truth is revealed in this act when Charlie acts as a foreigner
i. He overhears every conversation in the house they all think he can’t understand ii. He first hears the conversation between Catherine and David on her pregnancy and abortion g. Froggy doesn’t know about what is going on i. Betty tells him the house has been condemned ii. Catherine and David are looking to buy it iii. The property is cheaper if it is condemned h. Mirror game i. Visual non verbal comedy between Ellard and Charlie ii. Ellard teaches Charlie English i. Catherine finds it easy to talk to Charlie VI. ACT TWO a. David and Owen are working together to get the property b. They want to lower the value of the property c. David wants to make Ellard look like an idiot so he can get money from Catherine d. David and Owen want to buy the house to create a headquarter for the KKK e. Charlie becomes everyone’s friend f. Froggy Returns and Charlie tells a story, he makes up a language on the spot and tells the story of jack and the bean stock then turns into little red riding hood g. Betty thinks it’s a tractor h.
- Spring '08
- A Raisin in the Sun, Laura, Marshall Islands, d. Charlie, Li’l Bit, Charlie class submarine, f. Uncle Peck