Les Miserables Theatre Critique Essay

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“There is scarcely anything else in the world but that: to love one another” (Victor Hugo, Les Miserables). Les Miserables at its core is a story of love, compassion, and having hope within our darkest moments and that there is always redemption in forgiveness. The story lacks the softness one thinks of with those words and is told in a dark, gritty, and sometimes heartbreaking way. The Sands Theater Center recently ran a production of Les Miserables to be performed at the Athens Theatre in Deland, FL. I had the pleasure of being an audience member in a performance performed on Saturday April 23, 2014 at the 7:30 showing. The production value from the Sands Theater Company and the ...view middle of the document...

Edwards while lacking the presence of Lowe, is like fresh cool water to Lowes heat. Edward’s portrayal of Valjean is understated and Edwards makes his performance of Valjean look easy and it was not until after the show that I truly appreciated his acting talent. Ruby Quirindong playing the role of Epoinine also shows a strong performance. Although in Act One, she sometimes felt lost in the mix, albeit that is the role she plays and how the play is structured. In Act Two she is truly allowed to shine and you see her immense talent. Her voice is beautiful and she is a strong performer allowing you to feel her heartache and her voice stays with you well after her character passes. An actor only plays the character on stage, and the stage creates the world they are in and sets the tone for the performance.
To illustrate this, the set of Les Miserables was designed to look like the streets of Paris and maintained the dark and gritty atmosphere the performers were acting out. The main design element of the set was a large wall painted to look like brick with a second stage on top. The street scene included arches underneath to indicate the sewers or arches of a bridge depending on the scene and set layout. To add to the set, were two sets of pull away stairs which depending on how they were oriented changed the layout of the stage completely. The production also utilized a fly system to lower a set of lattice woven with vines and flowers for Cosettes garden. I especially liked the use of second tier/story within the set design while utilizing the front of the stage during certain moments in the show. For example in the performance “I Dreamed a Dream” the upper stage was utilized with back lighting on second story actors to mimic shadows of Fantine’s past allowing you to see the memories she was remembering. ...

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