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Sunday Dinner - review

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Introduction

Sunday Dinner Sunday Dinner is a one-act play written by Caleen Sinnette Jennings. It is a comedy written in 1993. It is set in the Morgan family home. An elegant old house which stands in what once was a beautiful, upper-class Black neighbourhood. Inside, the Morgan home has all its original furnishings, meticulously and loveingly cared for. The living room where most of the story takes place is a picture of life in another age. A settee, an overstuffed chair, doilies, an antique table with framed family pictures on it, ornate lamps, family portraits on the walls. The room is cluttered, somewhat somber and in need of painting. Charl (Charlene) Morgan, Nat (Natrelle) Morgan and Ray (Rayette) James are three African- American sisters who live extremely different lives. Nat, the eldest, is a teacher who lives for the church and preserves the family home as a monument to their decreased mother. ...read more.

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As she walked away from a New York theatre, after what was to be her last audition, in early spring 1975, decided she had to write plays for herself (African American women.) If I was to play the part of Ray I would act quite stressed throughout the play as Ray as a character has a pretty hard life compared to the other two, trying to do the best for her two toddlers which alone is hard, let alone trying to support her unemployed husband and being pregnant. I would be closer to Nat rather than Charl throughout the play as she is a more mature character and is willing to help me out by lending me money whereas Charl is a more selfish character and would prefer that money spent on her nights out. I would show this by everytime Charl has a go at Nat I would give her a reasuring look telling her not to worry or put my hand on her shoulder to show I'm there for her. ...read more.

Conclusion

In Sunday Dinner the Morgan girls live in a upper-class neighbourhood and the Johnstones in Blood Brothers are also upper-class. The main characters in both plays (Ray, Nat, Charl, Eddie, Mickey) are people that we can relate to, we feel pathos with them as they face the trials and tribulations of life. Russell uses pathos to involve the readers so they feel pity when Mickey loses his job, fear at the end of the play when the shooting scene takes place, and experience childhood joy when Eddie and Mickey share jokes. Humour, in its various forms, plays a large part in bothn Blood Brothers and Sunday Dinner. It keeps the readers interested and balances out the conflict and sadness in the play. Also both plays are composed of fairly simple storylines. There is nothing too difficult to understand which helps the audience to stay focused and feel more involved with the play. ...read more.

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