Lucy says to Lewis, “working with these people has changed you”. Has Lewis really changed at the end of the play?
‘Cosi’, written by Louis Nowra, is an intriguing (this is not a review Matt, so don’t use these descriptions) play that explores the minds of patients in the mental asylum and how they progress over time whilst being in the real world. (arent’ they removed from the real world whilst trapped in the confinements of the asylum?) However it is not a patient that changes the most during the rehearsing and performing of ‘Cosi Fan Tutte’ but it is the everyday society member Lewis whose experiences with the patients brings him out of his shell. Nowra represents Lewis’s transformation to the audience through his confidence building and his ability to stand up for himself. Also, the patients give Lewis very reasonable views on love and fidelity which seems to be one of the main topics up for discussion within the ‘Cosi’ cast. Lewis also learns that he has the ability to put himself first and not become such a door mat (remember not to use clichés) to the outside community who are perceived as the so called crazy ones by Nowra. Lewis is certainly portrayed as a fish out of water (another cliché) in the beginning of the play, confronted with a monstrous task that seemed impossible to accomplish. His idea of the patients he was about to work with was one of crazed behaviours, even with the social worker Justin’s reassurance that “They are normal people who have done extraordinary things, thought extraordinary thoughts”. Roy, the most verbal patient, who came up with the whole idea of performing ‘Cosi Fan Tutte’, had the same amount of faith in Lewis as Lewis had in himself, which startled Lewis into forming a negative attitude towards the play. Nowra expresses through a strong tone (don’t turn it into a language analysis) that Lewis’s demeanour shifts throughout the play. He visually sees what the patients are capable of doing; his understanding of them...
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