Middletown

Institution’sName

Theplay, , discusses an American town as a place where itsresidents seek peace and understanding. The town populates withpeople of different cultures, professions, and social classes. Theyall seem to be troubled and with issues that they need to beunderstood. Interestingly, they are unified by the spirit ofcoherence, professing that the town is where people come to findlight and discover their true feelings. The play communicates thesignificant aspect of this society as a place of self-discovery.Notably, in Act one Part one of the performances, Mary who has justrelocated to the town with her husband meets John in the library. Shehas a traveling husband who she doesn’t get to see daily, henceremaining lonely. When she meets John who also lives alone, havinglost his marriage, they mutually develop an understanding.

The play is acted on a proscenium stage to allow all theaudience to have a clear and undisturbed view of what transpires inthe stage. The profound design element in this play is a line. Thestage is either organized in the horizontal or vertical manner. Theplay also has shape as an element. The stage represents a myriad oflocations that exist in the outside town. There is a park, a library,the streets and act in the space. Also, the production has coloramong its design elements. The lighting of the stage produces a bluecolor throughout the performance. In the second Act, the lighting iscommonly red mixed with blue. I observe that the illumination is dimbut focuses on every end of the stage. The light of the stage relaysan important message of calmness in this town.

Theintroduction of the light in every part of the play is directed fromthe window into the stage. The light is guided to focus on thecharacters to expose them to the audience. The limiting of light tothe characters implies that the play intends that the message theyare conveying is vital for the audience to capture. The lighting inthe play creates mood and depicts an atmosphere of the situation inthe town. The blue light represents sadness and the red one, tension.Life unwinds in the most intricate of ways. The residents of the townappear to show concern for their fellow town members.

Thecostume used in the play reveals many settings of the town. The dresscode in the play primarily depicts that of people who have no valuefor issues of modern fashion. The town does not appreciate thedynamism of fashion. The dressing seems to be plain and withouttaste. For instance, in Act one, the librarian appears old fashionedin her dress code and actually, would not appeal to a modern youth.Other costumes visible are those used to reflect on the professionsthat are found in this town. The police, an astronaut, a nurse, and adoctor are recognized in the play. The colors of the uniform they areall dressed in appear to reflect the lighting so that they arevisible to the audience. The play seems to have only adults featuredin the performance.

Anothercrucial element of design that I identify is the sound. The playapplies sound on different occasions of the play. For instance, inAct one Part two when the mechanic is talking on stage the playintroduces noise of a siren. The sound reveals a sad mood in thisinstance and gives a deeper insight into what the mechanic says onstage. In Act one Part four, I hear the sound of moving vehicles. Theneighborhood in where Mary lives is filled with movingvehicles.

Theprops used on stage reflect pretty much what the charactersrepresent. The young couple in Act one Part, two of the play, carrieswith them a camera and handbags. The lady seems to be hyperactive,creating a dramatic mood. The other woman who is supposed to guidethem through the town cannot release that much energy and even sitsdown to rest. The play portrays the disparity in age and invokes themisunderstandings caused by the generation gap.

Itis noteworthy to indicate that the intermissions within the play areshort. They are preceded with the disappearing of lights and soundsand followed with the appearance of the flood lights and blue lightat the entrance. I hear voices from the audience in these breaks.Apparently, they are discussing the play. The intermissions are therest periods that allow the audience to prepare for new scenes. Theyare constant on the play. They enable the stage to be reorganized andstructured to depict the message the characters want to relay in thenext scene. The breaks are critical, creating time for the charactersin the play to change into costumes that will fit their next act.

Allthese mechanisms in the play build on the concept that the town is aplace of self-actualization.

Theplay also shows the reality of life in in this town. A child is bornto Mary in Act two Part four and on the other hand, I witness thedeath of John. Furthermore, the mechanic appears to be havingtreatment in a mental ward. In Act two Part four, I observe themechanic carrying props that portray that he is not in his rightmental state. The society that is perceived by many to producehappiness and fulfillment is also to others, a source of misery anddeath.