After attending the Penumbra Theater production of Adam P. Kennedy and Adrienne Kennedy’s play Sleep Deprivation Chamber, I thought it was a good performance, however it was too repetitive for my liking. Different parts of the scenes were repeated as flashbacks, which although I personally do not prefer this style, I thought they did a good job of depicting the thoughts of the characters in a movie-like way. It also was a creative way of getting the crowd more involved in being able to put yourself in their shoes and “think” as they were, so to speak. After reading the play, I kind of predicted the production to be like this, but it was hard for me to imagine since I have not seen many plays.
Although I did not really enjoy how repetitive it was, I did enjoy the play overall. On a scale of 1 to 10, I would rate this play at a 7. I enjoyed the acting as well as the screens with overhead projections that showed different parts of the beatings. It was also very interesting to see that they had a screen put up in the background. At times when they would act a scene that was of a past conversation, there would be a character on the stage (usually the son or father being questioned), and there would be another person behind the screen. The audience was only able to see the shadow of the person and hear their voice which showed a good way of indicating past tense or in other words, a flashback.
“The officer was pushing me on top of the car and and because I had been kicked in the chest I had a very difficult time breathing and I asked the officer very politely - I said, “Sir, I can’t breathe,” i said, “I’m an American citizen, could you please let me up and breathe?” (28). I believe the mission of this production was to create awareness of discrimination and the power struggle that went on between the family and the officer (which had higher power). I think the mission of this production was fulfilled. The actors in this play were... [continues]
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