Topics: Performance, Theatre, Plays Pages: 2 (676 words) Published: December 4, 2013

Lysistrata was a play about a group of women who decide to take matters into their own hands in order to get their husbands to stop fighting a war and make peace with the other parties. They did so by restraining from sex and “beating up” the men every time they tried to commit an act of war. Also, the women seized the treasury in order to put themselves in control of the country’s financial management. The women teased and tortured the soldiers and men until they had no choice to give up, and make peace with the other countries. (#11) The audience feels an atmosphere of humorous tension between the women and men. (#5) The stage was used in a very basic, open manner. The background/walls were designed to portray city scenery, with a café, pawn broker shop, whiskey shop, etc., closely stuck together. (#7) The rest of the stage was wide open space in the middle, allowing much room for free movement and physical play. (#2) Seeing and hearing what was going on onstage was very easy as the actors all projected their voices very well, and the colors were vibrant and differentiated well. Every sound from the men’s grunts and groans to the women’s soft giggles from the top of the treasury was easily heard. (#3) The costumes followed. The colors of the women’s dresses did not blend with the background, and neither did the camouflage, army-depicting outfits of the men. Also, the women wore usual makeup, just as any woman would (blush, mascara, eye liner), while the men wore none. (#8) The lighting of the play was very stable, not changing much throughout the play. The spotlight remained on the front of the stage, but the dim tone of it provided a mood of change. A mood as though something new was going to be established was presented. (#9) Though the actors never directly speak to the audience, there is one scene where one of the soldiers turns to the audience when talking to his crew in a motivational manner. Other than that, the closest thing to...
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