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"Good Night Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet)"

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1.Myself as an audience membera.Was I prepared?I did not read the play but I heard Ashley's play analysis of "Good Night Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet)." I seemed to be a very interesting, mixing Shakespeare's plays with a contemporary one. The plot alone seemed to be very funny, so I was excited to see what the Acting II class had done with this play.b.Was I willing?I was willing to watch it. I showed up about 10 minutes late. I went in excited and anxious to see this performance.c.Describe in one or two sentences your response to the performance.The performance itself was very well done and was extremely funny. I am very glad that they did not try and make this play to be a drama because it worked very well as being a comedy. I was very impressed with the characterization and the effort and time that these students had put into their work.II.The performance and the audiencea.What was the physical relationship between the performance and the audience?The play was performed in the Thorneloe Theatre, which is a proscenium thrust stage. They had a lot of room to move around. We were all seating in the middle section of the seats, leaving the two sides empty (they used the aisles to exit and enter).b.Was the audience supposed to watch or to participate in the performance?I think that the audience was supposed to participate in that they were to laugh a lot. They were also supposed to watch the performance carefully because the main character was always changing. I believe that there were three actors that played the main character.c.Did the performers play to the audience or only to each other?The performance did not ignore the audience when they were acting to one another. When the scenes changed, actors would come out with a sign to let the audience know where the scene was taking place (I.e. at Juliet's balcony, or in a different city). The actors interacted with the audience throughout the play. There was even a question and response session at the end of the actual performance.d. Describe in one or two sentences how the performance was intended to relate to the audience and how well it succeeded.I think that the performance was intended to relate to the audience in that we see the life of a women who it going on a adventure. She was very sad about her wasted life, but is excited to be in this other world. Most people can relate to the emotions that she was feeling. It worked because the audience all gave great responses at the end of the performance. There was constant laughter throughout the performance.III.The performance and the text (the play)a.Was the performance faithful to the text?I did not read the actual play but I believe that the performance was faithful to the text. Some of dialogue was taken from the Shakespeare's plays; however, they were delivered differently, and in a much more comedic manner.b.What were the most important elements of the play?I think that the characterization was the most important element of the play because...

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