20 July 2010
Final Project: “Leading Ladies”
Ken Ludwig who “has had a number of hits on Broadway, in London and throughout the world”, using his creative mind, tried to help people come out of their routine lives and wrote to entertain his audience. He wrote for mostly for a young and older audience, such as people in their 20’s or older. This farce centers on two down-on-their-luck Shakespearean actors, Leo Clark and Jack Gable. The pair discovers through a newspaper that Florence, an older ailing woman, has been unable to find Max and Steve, her daughter's children who moved away to England as children in order to include them in her multi-million dollar inheritance. They decide to pose as Max and Steve to claim portions of it. When they discover that "Max" and "Steve" are actually "Maxine" and "Stephanie," they continue on, undaunted, in drag. Leo falls for Florence's actual niece Meg, while Jack swoons over Florence's part-time aide Audrey. Florence recovers just as the pair arrives, but they decide to keep on, both to try to outlast her health and to stay close to the objects of their interest. Leo convinces Meg, who is enamored of Shakespeare and a fan of Jack and Leo, to put on a production at Florence's estate, to give himself more of an opportunity to be with her, both as Leo and Maxine. Meanwhile, Meg's fiancé Duncan grows increasingly suspicious of the "Leading Ladies."
As a director, I saw “Leading Ladies” set in 1950’s because in the opening scene the characters are in a “house in York, Pennsylvania in the spring of 1958. (7)” Most of the colors that are used are the ones that one would find in a rich house. Those colors that look a little bit more sophisticated and yet some bright colors here and there, since this play is a farce. From a director’s point of view, I am trying to telling the audience to try to experience something that is out of the ordinary. It’s not the everyday life to see men dressed...