Hair: the Musical - Play Review

Topics: Musical theatre, Actor, Acting Pages: 3 (974 words) Published: March 7, 2012
'Hair' is a play about the choices and struggle of a group of people in the 1960s, called hippies. Hippies believed in peace and love, not war and violence, growing out their hair as a representation. The play was inspired by a need to change the social standard in America. 'Hair' is a rock musical about the revolution of sexuality and social standard. Their mission was to change people's perception of racism, environmental destruction, poverty, sexism and sexual repression, violence at home and the war in Vietnam, depersonalization from new technologies, and corruption in politics.

The actor I chose to critique was the African American chorus boy, who played many different small roles. 'Hair' was the first stage production that gave African Americans equality on the stage, so I was curious to see how he would embrace his role on stage. For being in the Tribe chorus as Claude's friend most of the act, I thought he was believable as a serious, bisexual hippie who was fully committed to taking part in the Tribe protests and drug trips, never once breaking character. With minimal lines he was able to encourage audience to interpret his actions and reactions. Even though he didn't speak very much, his intentions were communicated through his body language, he portrayed his character in act I with slightly feminized movements, and slightly awkward motions, creating a believable chorus character. When he did speak, he had done his job portraying his character, so his voice matched what my expectations were for his character. In act II, he played a very masculine solider, surprising me with the diversity of his acting. While the actor's dancing was good, he was great at tricks, executing flawless flips and split jumps in various numbers. His performance, along with the rest of the chorus, aided the principal actors performance in the musical, by staying true to their chorus roles.

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