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Critical Review of ‘Splintered’.

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Introduction

Critical Review of 'Splintered'. Splintered is a play that shows fragments from three of Tennessee Williams best-known plays, "A Streetcar Named Desire", "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" and "The Glass Menagerie". This production took place at the Fringe Club in Central on 9th April. Splintered was a school performance, the audience mainly consisted of other students and parents. The stage was a rectangular with the left corner elevated to symbolize a separate space or room. As I had never seen a performance from this school before I had no idea what the standard of acting would be. The name of the play "Splintered" derived from the fact that it was fragments of three plays, this aspect concerned me as I felt it would be difficult to make a cohesive play from bits of other plays. The quality of acting in this play was very variable; some actors could not act well and displayed emotions by changing the volume of their delivery; normal volume of speaking to shouting when they were angry or upset. Such an actor played Big Daddy from "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof", he had no facial expressions and never made contact with the audiences, perhaps he was very nervous, he also spat violently when shouting. ...read more.

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Maggie was very convincing acted, unfortunately Maggie's counter part Brick, was not so convincing and often half heartedly told her that he could kill her with his walking stick, the response he got from Christina was so passionate and full of emotion that it made the play for me very unrealistic and made it even more difficult to follow the plot. Big Mama and Amanda characters from "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof' and 'The Glass Menagerie' were both played by the same actress. In order to change roles from Big Mama to Amanda it was necessary for her to drop a massive nightgown on to the ground. Each time this happened you could hear the audience's amazement with Big Mama stripping on stage. The use of lights, music, soundtracks and props in this play seemed a little disorganised and sometimes pointless or over used. For example, the lights often switched colour for no apparent reason. Once the lights were used to symbolise an open door, this was a good idea but was not clear to the audience, as it was not synchronised with the actor actually opening and closing the door. A background soundtrack and music were continuously played throughout out the play, perhaps to add atmosphere, this became very confusing because it was not clear whether it was background music or actually meant to be listened to as part of the play. ...read more.

Conclusion

The group I was with certainly left the theatre with plenty to talk about. As a drama student I feel I gained useful insights for any future productions I might be involved with. earned bthe drama teacher and personally I feel that she should never have let students created such a mess. She believed this play expressed Tennessee Williams' pain and passion but I assure you if Tennessee Williams' saw this play he would passionately express his pain that anything so pathetic was created in his name. The director described "Splintered" as fragments of broken vase placed together, I think this is a very good description as it is defiantly fragmented and in away I guess you could say they tried to break down Tennessee Williams vase and create they own out of it but in the end they had a vase that would not stick together and you can see the large ugly cracks that make this horrible waste of human resources. I guess the moral of this play is if you try to create something great out of a someone else hard work you end up with a fragmented splinted play. This same boy had to play Laura from "A Glass Menagerie" love interest and again he looked very nervous and reluctant to ask this huge girl to dance. ...read more.

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