Play critique

Topics: Actor, Performance, Audience Pages: 3 (902 words) Published: December 4, 2013
Acting Critique
A Separate Peace

Did the actor present a believable character and an interesting performance? The actor, Jason, created a very believable character in the sense that I could understand why John Brown would want to go live in a hospital. I understand why he wanted to stay away from everyone and everything and just go to a hospital where he could be taken care of. He even says it literally in one of the lines, “I came for the clean linen, I came for the calm, the meals on tray, time passing by and bringing nothing.” He didn’t want anyone expecting anything from him; he just wanted to do nothing. This was his “separate peace”.

Did the actor create believable relationships?
Yes, the actor created believable relationships, ones that the audience could have thought unorthodox but these relationships reflected his unusual character and this added more to the plot of the play. For example, when the Matron asks him “and how are we this morning?” his reply is “we are very well thank you, how are you?” This is bizarre in the sense that a patient doesn’t normally ask a doctor/nurse/matron how they are when they’re coming to check on you. Again, this just adds to John Brown’s peculiar character. Also, Jason created a believable relationship with Maggie who is Brown’s “special” nurse. His relationship with Maggie was one that showed his fondness of her, yet at the same time their relationship suggested that it could never be anything more than a mutual fondness because of the state John Brown was in and because of an uncertain future, even when Brown tells Maggie “I like you very much”, she replies, “I like you too, Brownie, but there is more in life than that.” As an audience, I felt the relationship between these two characters was well defined.

Did the actor ‘listen, respond and react’ truthfully under the ‘imaginary circumstances’? Yes, he would listen very well to the other actor/actress with him on stage and then he would respond with his...
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