The setup of the stage was very simple. It was the living room of a home in the early 1980’s. It looked like a normal household, and it had small things such as crumpled up pieces of paper lying around the wastebasket. It also had a couch, circular class table and a recliner in the living room. The dining room was to the left side of the stage and only had the dining table and surrounding chairs. There was a door in the back of the set where characters entered and exited through. Beside the door was a table and stool where Willum presumably worked on his blueprints for the hotel. The lighting design was great; it put you into the atmosphere of the
Everyone always says the story is always better than the movie, let’s say it’s always the truth. ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’ is a theatrical play about two men Jack and Algy. Jack is a man from the country who lies saying his name is earnest when he goes into the city, he is very in love with Algy’s cousin Gwendolen. Lady Bracknell is Gwendolen’s mothers who very much does not like jack what so ever. Algy is a man in very much debt who ends up falling in love with Jacks ward Cecily, he also has some lies about who is. The whole point of lying about who they both are was to get away from the everyday lives they lived and not worry about being found out. In 2002 this famous play was turned into a movie, sadly though a lot of scenes were
"You can't possibly ask me to go without having some dinner. It's absurd. I never go without my dinner. No one ever does, except vegetarians and people like that" (Wilde 42). Algernon cannot believe Jack has just asked him to leave his house without providing dinner first. Even though Algernon has just made Jack confess his fake identity of Ernest to Gwendolen, and also has been caught in the act of deception trying to be Ernest for Cecily. Yet, through all the pretense and distress Algernon still clings to the fact that it is preposterous for Jack to not serve him an evening meal. During the Victorian Period, food is of the upmost importance. The role of food within the play is to create the customs of good society, shield feelings of disdain,
The layout of the Globe Theater was very complex in which it could house up to 3,000 people. The Globe was like an open arena, but with a stage in the center. The Globe had only one main entrance. The theater was an octagonal shape with approximately 20 sides and was three tiers high of roofed wooden galleries. There were two sets of stairs on either side of the entrance. In the middle of the theater there was a stage, supported by two columns. In the middle of the stage there is a Trap door. The stage wall framework included two doors on both sides of the stage, which lead to the back stage where all the props and costumes were stored. Between the two doors is curtained off for the inner stage which sets an indoor setting. Just above the inner stage there would be an upper stage, where they would do bedroom scenes or balcony type scenes. Unlike the Globe Theater, the stage had a roof and hut on top. On top of the hut there would be a flag, the flag would symbolize which type of play was being performed. The Globe didn’t have an artificial method of lighting, the light used was from the sun, so the plays normally were performed in the afternoon.
In my opinion the set and the special effects were rather bleak. There was only a stage with a high rise and steps as well as a box and a bench for props. There was a phone however that was used for a few scenes. The colors of all of the props as well as the stage were a dark grayish color. In reference, I did wonder if that was purposely done for the nature of this play or if it was coincidence.
The set was a relatively simple proscenium stage. It protruded into the audience slightly in a semi-circle. This made the viewer feel more involved with the performance and closer to the characters. This connection with the characters meant every decision and every scene made the audience feel something, as if it had happened in their own life. This effect could have been put in place to reprosent that many people were affected by the world wars and wars in general.
The scenic design was also set in various ways, some ways one may not even think of until being presented with them. When a train took off steam would come from a device under the musicians seat that was naked to the eye. When it was a dismal part of the play the lighting controlled by the technical individuals placed behind the audience was sure to express those feelings with the changing of the lights. When riding an elephant different furniture was stacked a rope was used to simulate the trunk, when at sea and sailing the sound was set to simulate being at sea and the lights were dimmed. All the while the actors would move there bodies to simulate actually riding on a train, elephant, or ship, while still putting on an awe-inspiring
I believe this is a thrust stage since the setup was semi-circular. During the play, they used all the downstage position to act majority of the play. I loved the way the stage was set up as a beach scene, and to know most of the stages props was had more made them even more interesting. It had all the features of a beach such as the palm trees, sand, wooden walkway, and the beach sound. The lighting of the play did not really transform while they were acting. The only time the lights were very dramatic is when the first Act was about to end. I dislike the way they ended the play, they should have used curtains. It was amusing when Sarah and Leslie ended the act on their back in their submission pose. The sounds of the play were breathtaking, also they were precise when they needed to be. For example, when they needed the airplane sound effect, it was right on time. There should have been supplementary music added throughout the play in the background, even while they were acting. That would have made the play catchier and more realistic, the birds are nonstop, and the ocean sounds are always going. The conflict of the play was Man vs. Man and Man vs. Nature because Leslie the lizard and Charley the man, were extremely cruel to each other. Overall, my experience of this play was wonderful, the characters were well trained, and
reveal the conclusion of "now realizing
the vital importance of being Earnest." The play follows the seriousness of the life of upper class society and displays it as a joke.
Theatre Studies: Cat One Draft
The Importance of Being Earnest is set in late Victorian England, a time of social reform. Society was rediscovering art in its many forms yet as a consequence, The Upper class continued their program of suppressed inferiority. The lower classes were treated with disdain and disgust and the animosity between the groups was easily visible. Essentially, the late Victorian era was the beginning of a mini cultural renaissance, yet Upper Class society, which forms the basis of the play was rigidly controlled by a set of unwritten rules, a code of conduct as it may, in which all were expected to conform with.