Theater Analysis of the Play "Seagull"

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In the beginning of October I went to see a play “Seagull” at the LYNN Redgrave Theater that was staged as a part of a culture product. The original play was written by one of my favorite Russian authors Anton Chekhov, and that is why I chose to go and see it. I read the play before, and it was interesting for me to see an English/Irish adaptation of it.
When I first entered the theater, I noticed that the scenery and the set of the play itself were small and modest. The set itself was a mixture of proscenium stage and black box stage. It can be categorized as the proscenium because the set had a backstage area where the actors entered from, but could not be seen by the audience. And as the black box because the audience arrangements could be placed around, as seats were movable and not permanent, and the space was plain and dark. The stage setting gave an instant impression that it is a living room with unpretentious furniture of brown wood and metal green-blue chairs and a sofa. A bench in the corner of the stage, massive white columns and green bushes around indicated that the play happens in the countryside. The whole stage setting was well put off, and that is how I pictured Chekhov’s “Seagull” would be. The audience’s seats were in three places with ten to twelve rows around the stage, and you could sit down anywhere you find a free spot. So, I chose the most convenient and comfortable seat for viewing the play. Once the play started, everything fell into darkness except the stage, where the lighting was concentrated on, but not on the sides of the stage or the audience, so you knew where your concentration had to go. In approximately half an hour the light became brighter and lit the sides of the stage, where on the left s...

... middle of paper ... females, who represented country citizens and wore more relaxed clothes and did not have to walk and talk that proper. Overall, just looking at how each character was dressed in the play gave you the idea of their personalities and social status.
At last, the directing of the play was impressive. In my opinion, everything was well organized. From the beginning to the very end I was under an impression that I had moved to the “Victorian Age” period. Actors were good coordinated; they knew where to go and what to say. Costumes exactly matched that period of time and a personality of each character.
Altogether, I really enjoyed the play. Even though it had some differences with the original one, it was still interesting to see the perception of other people on the same play. Moreover, the experience met my expectations. I definitely recommend everyone to watch it.

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