The Tempest

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Saturday, July 24, 2010

   I went to go see the tempest which was a comedy. The only other Shakespeare play I have seen in the theatre is Hamlet at Bradley University. I enjoyed Hamlet so I figured I would enjoy another play by Shakespeare. This play was very action packed and mystical. There was magic, demons, fairies, ship wrecks, love, betrayal, forgiveness, and of course laughter. All of these elements made this play great and entertaining. What I like about theatre is the way the director uses one stage and backdrop to tell an entire story. You have to be very imaginative to visualize the ship sailing and waves crashing it down to sea. I thought the interpretation of the fairy was interesting. Instead of just one character there were many actors who made up the fairy. I felt this helped show the power of the fairy and how he could manipulate many things at once. The only thing I have trouble with in Shakespearean plays is the dialog. It is very hard to follow the language and if I hadn't looked up the synopsis of the play I would have had a harder time following what was going on. It is great though that I can watch a play and still understand through the emotions and movements of the actors what is going on instead of just following a dialog. The actors all did a great job, my favorite character I think was the King of Naples. He had such a booming voice and presence I felt he really fit the character of a king. I’m glad I went to see this play. I enjoy live theatre very much.
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