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Theater Analysis Of The Play "Seagull"

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In the beginning of October I went to see a play “Seagull” at the LYNN Redgrave Theater that was staged as a part of a culture product. The original play was written by one of my favorite Russian authors Anton Chekhov, and that is why I chose to go and see it. I read the play before, and it was interesting for me to see an English/Irish adaptation of it.
When I first entered the theater, I noticed that the scenery and the set of the play itself were small and modest. The set itself was a mixture of proscenium stage and black box stage. It can be categorized as the proscenium because the set had a backstage area where the actors entered from, but could not be seen by the audience. And as the black box because the audience arrangements could be placed around, as seats were movable and not permanent, and the space was plain and dark. The stage setting gave an instant impression that it is a living room with unpretentious furniture of brown wood and metal green-blue chairs and a sofa. A bench in the corner of the stage, massive white columns and green bushes around indicated that the play happens in the countryside. The whole stage setting was well put off, and that is how I pictured Chekhov’s “Seagull” would be. The audience’s seats were in three places with ten to twelve rows around the stage, and you could sit down anywhere you find a free spot. So, I chose the most convenient and comfortable seat for viewing the play. Once the play started, everything fell into darkness except the stage, where the lighting was concentrated on, but not on the sides of the stage or the audience, so you knew where your concentration had to go. In approximately half an hour the light became brighter and lit the sides of the stage, where on the left side you could clearly see a table with a chair, and on the right-a little coffee table and heavy looking squared suitcases that were characteristically to the end of the 19th century in which the play takes place. The change of lighting in the play indicated the time of the day, evening, or night. During an intermission, in the first few minutes the whole space of the theater got dark, and actors themselves re-arranged the stage using the objects from the sides of the stage mentioned earlier.
As soon as the play started what impressed me is the change of characters’ names from the original play. I personally did not like it because when you know the play you have certain expectations. Also, it took me some time to figure out who is who. So, in the beginning of the play, instead of enjoying it, I was trying to solve this charade. Moreover, in the original play all the characters are Russians, and the main character, a famous and egoistic actress Isobel, lives in Moscow and comes visit her brother Peter, who resides outside of the city. In the adapted version all the characters are Irish, and the Isobel is from London. In my opinion, actors’ play was pretty good, especially Isobel’s and Lily’s, a young country girl, who...

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