Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Event Analysis 11/14/12-Max McLaughlin

Being Loyal, No Matter What

        I just got back from a special showing of the plays, "The Wedding" directed by Cordelia Snow and "The Real Inspector Hound" directed by James McAteer.  Tonight's showing was a dress rehearsal, which takes place the day before opening day.  Also, this was a special showing for the alumni.  Both these plays are One Acts and this year the Poisoned Cup Players, an organization that bases their plays on plots that really make an audience think and become confused in the end, decided to give their audience two very great plot oriented plays.  I was very confused when I started working on these two shows, but when I finally found out what these two plays were about, without a doubt they relate to the novel "Shane" by Jack Schaefer.  When I realized how the characters acted toward each other, I immediately started to think about the character Shane.  Shane is a very loyal person and the cast of both plays were loyal to each other even when that certain actor took on a different role and personality.  Therefore, loyalty was still present.
        In "Shane", the author talks about the character Shane being loyal to others who surround him on a day to day basis.  On top of being loyal, Schaefer states throughout the entire book that being a man requires: having trust in others, being true to one's word, sticking to commitments, and never getting violent, no matter how bad the situation is.  There where points in the beginning and middle of the book were Shane contained his anger for the good instead of hurting others for the bad.  Shane has all of these men like qualities and he also is one of hardest workers ever too.  
        In "The Wedding", all of the characters are family and friends celebrating the marriage of two folks.  The scene starts with the whole cast running around the dinner table.  After everyone sits down, the bride's mother starts to serve everyone dinner and wine.  As each one of these characters start drinking more and more wine throughout the play, some characters pass out, some sing crazy songs, and some become upset.  There is complete craziness amongst the whole cast at this point of everyone acting differently.  Also, a major point during the play is that the groom is a craftsman and he made the whole dinning room, table, and chairs.  The problem is that he is a terrible craftsman because every single chair breaks and legs from under the table come out.  The friends and rest of the family start freaking out leading to the sadness of the bride because she thinks that her life is over.  The groom has a big monologue towards the end of the play and he clearly states that he is trying to do everything right he can to please his own new wife.  Even though he can't make a great chair, the hardworking drive is there and he proves that he will do anything to please his wife.  The groom is loyal and even the family and friends are too but they show it in a different way.  In the final scene, the wife forgives the groom and the groom picks her up and carries her off the stage to complete the play.  
        As you can see, the bride, groom, and the rest of the family and friends relate to the character Shane because they all respect one another.  There where points in the play were the friends of the groom wanted to hurt him, but they all held that anger in and played it off as a joke.  Shane would have done the same thing if he were at this dinner table.  If a person does this, than he or she know that they are the bigger man. 


If you want to go see "The Wedding" and "The Real Inspector Hound", tickets are $8 at the Box Office right next to Boulder Cafe, and the showtimes are in McManus Theatre on:

11/15, Thursday @8pm
11/16, Friday @8pm
11/17, Saturday @8pm
11/18, Sunday @2pm            

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