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Arts And Culture: Drama Critique Svetlana In Slingbacks

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Svetlana in Slingbacks is described as a quirky, powerful, funny story that revolves around the Fretlovs. I didn't find it funny, though maybe it was that I could not see the funny side, every one else was laughing.Svetlana in Slingbacks, was written by Valentina Levkowiez amies to be something that is can not be. On one hand it is a comedy about an unusual family, alien in its new surroundings, on the other it has the ability to be a play that allows the audience a fly on the wall look at how a family copes with the changes of fitting into a different society, the problems that occur when dealing with mental illness all along with the problems that are dealt with in every day life in the 1960's. Unfortunately it can not ...view middle of the document...

Devery looks awkward in the school girls uniform and seems to clash aesthetically with the other actors, it is also some what disturbing to watch Devery playing a baby eating her own feces as the play reflects further back to a time when things were much happier for the Fretlovs. Though it is uncertain weather or not Levkowiez has written this scene as a parody that suggests that neither Svetlana, her family or her life has ever had a 'look at how perfect we are' front. Her performance only shines when the play reflects her own frustrations. These moments are emphasized only by the eerie effect given by the blue lighting. These moments are few and far between.The other actors all give convincing performances, but Gabriella Di Labio is exceptional as Svetlana's mother, Ludmilla Fretlov. Her portrayal of the mentally unstable mother is very powerful and she plays it magnificently well.The set works well in the space that the La Boite theatre provides, Keeping the stage for the main rooms of the house and giving the other locations to different spaces with in the theater works well and the audience could clearly identify the other spaces that were being used. The vibrant colours used in the set and costumes were a good reflection of the time in which these play is set. It also seems to emphasize that this is the reflection of Svetlana's memory of her childhood.The play was not unenjoyable thought I could have been better had it decided whether or not it was going to be a comedy or a drama. It just did not reach either standard and resulted in the play being hard to watch, as you could not relax and laugh along because there seemed to be too many themes there were inappropriate to laugh at.

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