Kara Leibowitz Mrs. Koharchik English 1 Honors 4 March, 2010 "The inexorable facts closed in on him like prison-warders handcuffing a convict. There was no way out - none. He was a prisoner for life, and now his one ray of light was to be extinguished. "(Wharton 116-117) When a reader compares the two works, Ethan Frome and The Age of Innocence, contrasts between the two are easily spotted, but as the story progressed, the characters from two separate worlds began to have a lot of similarities. When Edith Wharton was writing these pieces she created two male characters, both already committed to a woman, who fell deeply in love with another.
Lewis arrives at a burnt-out theatre along with Lucy and Nick, where Lewis has been hired to direct a play using people from a mental insitute Lewis is only really doing it for money Other characters are slowly introduced, Roy, Justin, Cherry, Ruth, Julie and Zac. They talk about what play they should do. Roy suggests Cosi Fan Tutte. We get to know some of the characters and that Ruth has an obsession for coffee. Scene 2 The group is auditioned on their singing skills for Così Fan Tutte.
Doug’s response to setting his mother’s cats on fire was ‘It was the fault of the psychiatrist...he told me I had an unresolved problem with my mother... and I better fix it’. Julie’s brief monologue in Act One also helps the audience to better understand her character and why she came to be in the institution; ‘twelve hours later that woman was still there, minus a few curls, if that. She hadn’t moved. Too scared I was going to snip everything except her hair’. The final monologue (spoken by Lewis) at the end of the play summarises the future of the patients, Nowra is able to comment on how bad things happen to good people simply because they are given the title of being ‘mad’.
She starts actually asking questions and reading the book every night such as "So when's Anne Frank gonna smoke Hitler?" and "Are Anne and Peter gonna hook up?". At the end she has another breakdown telling Mrs.G that she hates her. But this time her breakdown was about Anne Frank dying. She thought it was going to be a princess story were the girls gets everything at the end.
However as he works with the patients, he develops a new perspective and insight into certain matters and himself. When Nick and Lucy denounce him for doing a play about love, by declaring that ‘only mad people in this day and age would do a work about love and infidelity’, Lewis is able to realise that love and friendship is more important than politics. He learns about the importance of friendship, clearly evident, that he attends the moratorium, helping the patients prepare for their performance with an additional rehearsal. Lewis also finds strength later in the play, which he was devoid of to begin with . At the start, he is overwhelmed by the patients such as Cherry, Doug and Roy by their 'crazy' behaviour.
The highlight of this shared high school winter concert on December 13th was a memorable performance of “Savada khmer” (A Cambodian Folk Song arranged by Ricardo Padreres) performed by the San Jose High School’s Chamber and Intermezzo Orchestra conducted by musical teacher Sophia Fojas . The music’s difficult mixed meters were played with mistakes, out-of-tune notes, and a whole lot of nervousness between the two groups. The school’s Mariachi group also had a shot at the limelight and they kind of blew it, the vocals group was out of tune the whole time. Ms. Fojas also conducted “Petite Tango” by the excellent composer C.B Kriechbaum; Fojas tried to bring out the work’s colors and balances, alas it was all for nothing because, the Chamber orchestra was so out of tune. (Not that it mattered to the tone deaf audience.)
Mackenzie Kahl DRAM 105 March 2013 Play Critique #2 On Saturday March 8, 2013 I attended the Young Theatre of CSU Fullerton’s production of “Blithe Spirit,” originally written by Noel Coward. The intended audience could be any adult but probably relates more to middle aged adults and married couples. It was an unexpected amusing comedy with a little bit of darkness intertwined. The audience collectively seemed intrigued in the story line and entertained by the actors. The main action of “Blithe Spirit” revolves around a man who is being haunted by his first wife’s ghost that is extremely bothersome to his current wife who ends up joining the first wife as a ghost and together they taunt and torment the man.
Al Johri Ms. Hamilton English III Honors 14 September 2009 In Arthur Miller's classic play, the Crucible, Act II, Scene II was deliberately removed. This scene largely consisted of a heated conversation between the two protagonists of the play, Abigail Williams and John Proctor. At first, Abigail believes that Proctor has finally come to marry her; however, this misconception is cleared when Proctor releases his wrath upon her due to Abigail's baseless accusation of witchcraft upon his wife, Elizabeth. As the scene progresses, the reader sees how Abigail becomes so wrapped up in her lies and witchcraft, consequently diminishing her intelligence, and what little respect she had in the reader's eyes. The reason the scene was cut from the play lies in both the significance of the conversation and what it revealed about the John Proctor in terms of his affair and his character.
The Crucible Essay Arthur Miller’s play ‘The Crucible’ is an allegory because of the McCarthy trials in the 1950’s that relate to the witchcraft suspicions in Salem. Throughout my essay I am going to explore and analyse the moments of tension that has a big influence on the audience during the play. At the beginning of the act in the setting the writer uses the stage direction ‘...the room is empty...’ When the curtains opened and all the audience could see was an empty room on stage, it made the audience question what was going to happen. As well as the act opening with an empty solemn room, the actors did not enter the stage floor immediately. They just simply read their lines in the wings of the stage.
Poem Study/ Imaginative writing on Separation A Twist in my Story. The moon shone so bright that evening, making it almost impossible to miss one of the biggest celebrations in my teenage history, graduation. Although once again, my intentions were delayed due to my monthly visit at Dr. Coleman’s office. Frustration soon led to teardrops of sweat, which ran down my eyebrows as I lay reluctantly on a couch while listening to some know-it-all therapist preach on about how I should live my life. Luckily, it seemed convincing enough to admit that being hard on myself was not the answer, and what was in the past is now over.