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Hair Cutt Essay

1306 words - 5 pages

Outside in the lobby there was a buzz. People of all races where questioning each other on what the world premiere play, "Cuttin' Up", wondering what the play was going to be about. In looking at the actor's bio posted on the wall, we all noticed the cast was made up of seven men, and one female. Out of the cast of eight, three characters were only playing the role of one character. As the doors opened the audience flooded to their seats with excitement.The play Cuttin' Up, takes place in a barbershop during the present times at a barber shop call Howard's in Washington D.C. There are three main characters, each from three very distinctive generations. Rudy is in his mid-twenties. He just stated just starting out as a barber. Though he doesn't have much of a past and has much to learn about life, he fully understands the importance of a barber within the Black community. Andre is a middle age gentleman, who has a history of running away. Growing up in Mississippi, we find out he comes from a family of nine boys and each of them were barbers. After obtaining he's barber's license and being the appropriate age he left home and never looked back. After traveling the country, cutting hair in several major cities, he has found himself at Howard's. Howard, the older gentleman and the owner, knows the importance of the barbershop. Howard is the barbershop not only as a place to get a hair cut but a place filled with history, family, and growth. Through out the play we are able to spend several days within each of the character day to day lives of cuttin' hair and also are able to look at flash back of how each have become the barber's they are today.All of the six core principles could be seen throughout the play. The two enhance the play, were the sense of community and a contrariety. The idea of having a play based of a barber shop would have to have a great sense of community. The sense of community was built around the actors and their interactions on the stage. The three main characters would interact with each of their customer differently, allowing them each to feel a sense of belonging, and family to the shop. The sense of community was not only between the barbers and their clients but the confrontation of different customers. For example, in one scene there are two preachers who happen to be in the shop at the same time. One starts singing, "I need the Lord now" in this preacher voice. After the first preacher was done singing, the other preacher sang the same words in a different way. This battle of the better church continued, ending with them sing the same thing at the same time in different ways. This scene has a strong since of community between the characters on stage but it also allowed the audience to the tension and unwarranted competition that occurs between pastors of small churches and the growing mega church.Contraries could also be shown through the interaction of the three generations. In once scene there is a brief history...

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