The Marriage Of Figaro Review Of A Theater Play

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The Marriage of FigaroI went to see this play at the NEW WORLD SCHOOL OF THE ARTS? theater, in Miami. The actors were all students of different ages, grades and experiences. As with many students? plays, the budget allowed to the play was apparently not very high. This factor, conjugated to the small size of the theater apparently did not allow for a realistic scenery or furniture. The 35? wide square proscenium stage where the actors performed stood in front of two parallel rows of seats in a rectangular theater approximately 20 feet wider than the aforementioned stage.How does that affect the sceneries in a play? As you may or may not know The Marriage of Figaro?s plot develops mainly in three rooms, adjacent to each other. The Count?s room, Figaro and Suzanne?s room and the Countess? room in this particular order. Instead of making the rooms small enough to all fit in the stage he had at his disposition- thus reducing the acting space of his actors - , the director of this play (Jonathan Gellert) opted for a representational approach to the problem. What the audience see are three doors forming an equilateral triangle which base is facing them. The door to the right leads to the Count?s room, the one to the left opens on the Countess? room and the further one place in the center leads to the rest of the Almaviva castle. The space between these three doors is Figaro and Suzanne?s room as well as the main acting space during most of the play. Now when I mention the Count and Countess? room, I am speaking of a small empty space barely used in the acting if we omit some eavesdropping and one or two elaborate exits. When a memorable scene occurs in the countess? room for example, Figaro?s room is magically transformed into that lady?s room thanks to an added small desk.This might seem a bit confusing until you get actually seated and start watching the play. Afterwards, the actors do such a wonderful job at defining the play space as one location or another that the lighting effects, also used by the director towards this issue, are only appreciated as bonus.Although The Marriage of Figaro can be watched independently, to fully understand some of the characters relations, some knowledge of Beaumarchais? earlier play The Barber of Seville is needed. In this play, the basis of the popular opera by Rossini, Count Almaviva, with the aid of Figaro, the resourceful barber of Seville, steals the beautiful Rosina away from her elderly guardian, Bartholo. As Figaro opens, we find that Figaro has become the Count?s steward and that the Count is beginning to neglect Rosina, now the Countess, in favor of other women.La folle journee, ou Le Mariage de Figaro (The Crazy Day or The Marriage of Figaro) is actually the full title of this play. The added title Crazy Day aptly describes the plot, which is too complicated to describe precisely without practically rewriting the play. I'll try however to give you an approximation. Figaro, barber and valet to a Count in...

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