Theatre Play Analysis

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I had high expectations when I walked into the Studio Theatre of Regent University. An excitable freshman anxious to watch my school bring the story of Brownie Points to life before my eyes, even though I had neither heard of the story nor had I ever read the script. The little I did know about the play I had heard from one of the actresses who had discussed the play with passion. So with what little knowledge I had about the play, I walked in with high hopes; however, I am conflicted to whether or not they were met. There is one area of the play that I enjoyed with unabashed enthusiasm; the set. At once, the clever design conveyed the mood of the story and had me reminiscing on my own cabin experiences. The thrust stage was set up at…show more content…
For example, before the character of Sue even said a word, her costume gave the message that she obviously had some money, was not used to camping, but she was willing to try – even if she still had to look fashionable. I also appreciated the use of props in this production. During one scene, when two of the characters are making dinner, they pull out real vegetables and it looks as if they are really going to make a meal in front of the audience. The actresses also had several scenes where they were using their phones and one scene with walkie-talkies. The actresses handled these scenes with a real-life ease that never broke the rhythm of the…show more content…
The story is about five mothers taking their daughters on a camping trip; however, since there were no child actors in the play, any sort of audio from the “children” was a recording. These were plainly recordings, and although you felt as if the mother had just entered a new room, the audio reminded you that the actress had actually stepped off-stage. Scene transitions were another area that pulled me out of the world of the play. In between every major scene, there was a blackout. I found these total blackouts to be unnecessary, as there were no major scene changes. These blackouts disconnected me from living in the characters world, reminding me I was merely an audience member, when instead, I wanted to feel as if I was a part of their lives. The constant use of blackouts also diminished the effect of the storm scene causing me to wonder if the darkened stage was a transition or the effect it

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