Later Myrna is having a conversation with her fiance, Jim, about her twin sister Myra’s employment. “She is a cocktail waitress,” in this line she emphasizes the word Cocktail; as an audience member I was given the impression that Myrna believes that her sister’s job is filth. Already the audience had insight into the relationship between the twins.
Again Sarah chose how to portray the “good” twin by her choice of where to pause in her lines. By pausing after the first word so she gave an example of how Myrna is the gentle twin; thinking before she speaks.
Later in the scene she helps the audience understand by explaining to Jim what their own father said about Myra when he caught her working as the cocktail waitress. “She is the whore of Babylon,” he said, in this statement she emphasized the word Whore again informing the audience of her twin’s lifestyle. She also provides an explanation that she is not the only one who believes that Myra is a whore by providing a backstory of their father.
During the first scene Melissa, the actress playing the character Jim, chose to pause between most of her lines. After Myrna turns down Jim from having sex with her Jim is physically upset. In her lines Melissa chose to pause at the beginning of her line to possibly emphasize the emotions Jim would be feeling. “Hard...awfully hard,” by pausing after the word hard the audience instead found it hysterical.
Later in the play after Jim has slept with Myra he is in a complete panic over what he just did. Melissa again choose to pause between each line. At the start Jim is hysterical between each word Melissa would breath heavily to emphasize the intent of hysteria. By breathing heavy the audience found it amusing.
During the same scene Sarah choose to sound more aggressive as the character Myrna. For example when Jim is hysterical about having sex with Myra Sarah choose to deliver her lines with more force and less tenderness. “You’ve been raked,” on the word raked Sarah put more force into it than the other two words. After the line she popped her gum to emphasize the carelessness.
During this exact scene Myra and Jim are sitting in bed smoking. Both actors gave a significant pause that said something. Sitting in the audience I was felt the impact of the situation. Jim just cheated on his fiance with her twin sister. The pause stretched on providing an awkward silence that was unbearable for the audience. Both actresses delivered this scene well by showing the how the two characters had nothing to talk about.
Sitting in the audience I could hear the...